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Reverend Parris in the Salem Witch Trails

- As minister of the town he was well respected and had the responsibility of instructing the “word of god” and guiding people on the right path. However, he doesn’t do this when he lets Abigail get away with dancing in the forest, which was permitted in the puritan society. He should have took on the teacher role he was given and teach Abigail discipline by making her face the consequence of doing what is not permitted. When navigating some pretty challenging waters, teenagers have a tendency of lying as a way to get attention, to make themselves seem more powerful or attractive to others, or to get sympathy or support....   [tags: society, permit, dance, consequence]

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Character Analysis of Parris in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

- In 1971, a psychologist named Philip Zimbardo conducted an experiment that would show how humans reacted when they were divided into two groups, one group of guards and the second one group of prisoners. In the experiment he conducted, he noticed that the groups took the given role very seriously within minutes; the two groups took the experiment to extreme level by actually having the groups think of themselves as prisoners and guards. The experiment was canceled after few days because the reactions of the people were so extreme it got out of control....   [tags: group, villian, superior, society]

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Parris Island

- PARRIS ISLAND “GET OFF MY BUS. YOU HAVE TEN SECONDS TO GET YOUR THINGS, GET OFF MY BUS, AND GET ON THE FOOTPRINTS OUTSIDE.” It was the middle of the night, we had just arrived by bus from the airport and we were scared to death. Welcome to Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. This is a brief overview of Parris Island as seen through the eyes of Recruit Smith, Platoon 1040, B Company. Marine Corps boot camp is thirteen weeks of physical and mental anguish....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hale and Parris in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Hale and Parris in Arthur Miller's The Crucible At the end of the play, Hale is admired and Parris is despised. The two men are intentionally different in character; Hale is the better of them. He seeks justice while Parris thinks of himself. From as early as Parris' first stage direction "(scrambling to his feet in a fury)" he is worried and nervous, which at first thought could illustrate worry for his daughter's life but when, later on, he says "…my ministry's at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousin's life" to Abigail, he illustrates the fact that he cares more for his parish than he does for the well being of his own family....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach”, Ty Cobb once said, “The base paths belonged to me, the runner. The rules gave me the right. I always went into a bag full speed, feet first. I had sharp spikes on my shoes. If the baseman stood where he had no business to be and got hurt, that was his fault.” Cobb believes of how he would be free of all blame, all guilt, and all faults for injuring a baseman if he did indeed substantially wound the baseman. In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, one’s fault is one of the most controversial viewpoints in the whole, entire play....   [tags: Parris, Abigail, John Proctor]

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West Coast Hotel v. Parrish: The Case that Caused a Constitutional Revolution

- According to William E. Leuchtenburg, along with other successors, West Coast Hotel v. Parrish was the case that constituted a constitutional revolution. Leuchtenburg gives evidence of the main arguments of his opinion concerning the shift in the Court during this particular case as well as others that came after it. The significance of this case was that it upheld the “minimum wage” legislation passed by Washington State even though there was the uprising issue of “liberty of contract.” The presented case of West Coast Hotel v....   [tags: minimum wage]

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The Real Minister in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

- A villainous mind is a closed box, unless opened nobody knows what’s inside however once opened easily visible. Similarly, a villainous character has the talent to be manipulative, prejudiced for others decisions and selfishly wanting to gain power without thinking about the affect it may have on other individuals. In Auther Miller’s The Crucible some depraved characters like Reverend Parris disrupt the peace in the society by manipulating other individuals and selfishly being greedy for power and reputation without keeping in mind the affect it may have on the society....   [tags: manipulating, selfish, power, reputation]

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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Analyse the ways in which Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. I will explore the certain aspects of Abigail’s personality and how it is an important role in portraying her reasons for her actions. I will also analyse the ways in which Abigail’s personality changes through the progression of the play. I will sum up which points have a bigger effect on her intentions and motivations and the effect she has on the characters of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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How Arthur Miller Creates and Sustains Tension in Act 4 of The Crucible

- How Arthur Miller Creates and Sustains Tension in Act 4 of The Crucible In act 4 of the play 'The Crucible' Arthur Miller uses the characters as the main device for creating and sustaining tension for the audience. He first uses reverend Parris to show tension in the act. At the beginning of this act, reverend Parris is already a changed man from what he was like before throughout the play. In the acts before, he was non-hesitant with what he did "(To Danforth, instantly)" or, "(He hurries)"....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- When asked about The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, critic Harold Clurman claims that the play is “chiefly a study in mass hysteria in which superstition conspires with self-interest to incite a society to destructiveness” (handout). This quote accurately portrays the message of revenge and greed serving as common characteristics in times of uncertainty that echoes throughout the play, clearly exemplified through Mr. Putnam, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams. During this time, land lust and revenge were common incentives to accuse a person of being a witch, and these three characters clearly exemplify these common reasons....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Good vs Evil in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- 	The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play in which the Red Scare from the 1950's is paralleled to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. It contains a wonderfully developed plot, which displays society's flaws by establishing a good versus evil scenario. Miller creates characters to fuel the evil and others that evolve to show the outbreak of good. Two of these characters are Reverend Samuel Parris, and Reverend John Hale. These men are the spiritual leaders for two neighboring towns in New England, whom many in the community looked up to....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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How Fear Motivates the Characters in Arthur Miller’s Play, The Crucible

- At times, fear motivates people to behave unscrupulously. Personal fears instigate some characters in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible to cry witch. Reverend Parris fears losing his job, Abigail fears prosecution and losing John Proctor, and Tituba fears physical retribution. Fear induces people to defend their personal whims and use their power to harm others. Reverend Parris’ fear of losing his job provokes him to cry witch. Reverend Parris’ daughter feigns to be in a coma. When the doctor bade Susanna tell Reverend Parris that he “might look to unnatural things for the cause of it” (9), he denies that possibility because he fears that rumors of witchcraft under his roof would help his “...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Themes of Power and Authority in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Explore Miller’s dramatic presentation and development of the theme of power and authority. Even though The Crucible is not historically correct, nor is it a perfect allegory for anti-Communism, or as a faithful account of the Salem trials, it still stands out as a powerful and timeless depiction of how intolerance, hysteria, power and authority is able to tear a community apart. The most important of these is the nature of power, authority and its costly, and overwhelming results. “But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or against it,” says Danforth conceitedly....   [tags: religious, hysteria, accusations]

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The Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- ... When Reverend Hale arrives at Salem, he goes to see what is wrong with Betty. Quickly, Hale concludes that witchcraftery is likely the cause of Betty’s sickness, but he is not officially sure. While Hale was inspecting Betty, Giles Corey, an old landowner, asked Hale a question. Giles was curious about why his wife was reading strange books at night and how it had interrupted his prayers. Later on Hale asks Abigail if they were conjuring spirits, she then says that it was all Tituba's doing....   [tags: hysteria, grudge, foes, trials]

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Power Corrupts

- People want power because it gives them control and dominance over others. Power gives the person who has it the ability to do whatever they want, say whatever they want and make people do what they want. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller the whole plot revolves around the theme of power. There is a never ending conflict of characters to keep, assert and acquire power. The most prominent characters that ultimately hurt the community the most due to their greed and lust for power are Deputy Governor Danforth, Reverend Parris and Abigail Williams....   [tags: American Theater]

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Incest in Kings Row

- Shady characters permeate this film, but they can be easily forgotten under the thick melodrama that sweeps you into the storyline. Perhaps the most disturbing character to me was Dr. Tower. I mean, really, who is this guy. From the beginning I could detect a kind of strange dynamic between Cassie and her father. After she and Parris swim together as children, she says that if her father finds out she's been swimming with Parris, he would "take a switch" to her. At first I thought maybe he was strict about her coming straight home from school or something, but as soon as I heard about the mother staying in the home all of the time, it became more clear....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Elizabeth Parris was lying on the ground, her arms and legs flailing in the air and spittle spewing from her mouth. She had overturned the dining table, breaking a ceramic pitcher and cutting her arm in the process. Nearby stood Abigail Williams, wide-eyed and gaping. "Go get Master Parris," Tituba told the girl and Abby ran from the room. Tituba knelt down next to the spastic girl and tried to calm her. She managed to grab Betty's bleeding arm and wrapped her kerchief around it to stem the bleeding....   [tags: Crucible Arthur Miller]

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Salem Witch Hunts

- Exploring, the historical references of the Salem Witch Hunts will reveal insights into the cultural makeup of this colonial society during the seventeenth century. Questions that present themselves are, were there a sense of mass hysteria or were there some other sociological phenomena that explained the social construct during that disturbing time frame. In the winter of 1691-1692 Salem Village was not a happy-go-lucky place to live; the cold, damp, and dreary town of 600 was divided and afraid....   [tags: culture, witches, trials, society, God, US]

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Greed in Salem: The Crucible

- Greed in Salem The destructive force that the play showcases the most is greed because the town of Salem is destroyed, and many people are hanged. Greed is a major part of the story and is shown throughout the play by many different characters. The people of Salem are affected and the town is eventually destroyed because of the selfish acts resulting from greed. The minister, Reverend Parris, is an excellent example of greed. Reverend Parris says, “Man don’t a minister deserve a house to live in” (Miller 1250)....   [tags: Arthur Miller plays, theme analysis]

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The Crucible

- In the play The Crucible, characters are presented in many ways. The ways Miller presents the character of Parris is through what the characters say, stage directions, what the character of Parris says and does and the relationships that Parris has with other characters in the play. At the beginning of the play, Miller describes Reverend Parris using narration. This is the first impressions we get of Parris. “…discovered kneeling next to a bed, evidently in prayer…” From this we know that the character of Parris is seen to be austere and that he has faith in God to make better what has gone wrong....   [tags: Character Analysis, Arthur Miller]

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Tension in Act One of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Tension in Act One of Arthur Miller's The Crucible Miller builds up the tension using theatrical effects, language, the relationships of characters and the plot development, the structure of the act. He makes us visually aware of the tension using these tools. He needs tension as the story of the crucible is about witchcraft. Miller draws in the character of Proctor as himself, as Miller was caught up in communism in America and fought to maintain his dignity, as Proctor does, near the end of the book....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Comparing Salem Possessed by Paul Boyer, The Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Bryan Le Beau, and Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen

- Comparing "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 spread just about as fast as the Black Plague. This epidemic caused chaos among neighbors in a community. The chronology of events describes an awful time for colonists from June 10th to September 22nd of that year. The books "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen all describe these events and provide varying explanations for the epidemic that plagued Sale...   [tags: Salem Witch Trials 1692]

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In what kind of community does Arthur Miller root John Proctor?

- In what kind of community does Arthur Miller root John Proctor. In Arthur Millers Salem the community is very religious and pious. They might be religious but their actions are bad. The community is a puritan community this means that they are keen on helping the church or making it better. The community is lead by the church so it is a theocracy. Only by one example you can see how religious the community is because the church leads it. The community is scared of other people coming and changing the whole way of their lives so they want to keep their way to themselves....   [tags: English Literature]

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Telling The Truth Is Better Than Creating A Lie

- The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in the year 1953. The play is based on the actual historical event- the Salem Witch Trials of 1692- in which twenty people died due to hangings while seventeen died in prison. There are so many people can be blamed for the witch trials. One of those people would be John Proctor, because if he had not had that affair with Abigail before the witch-hunts, she would not have danced in the woods, or acted as a ringleader for the girls to attract his attention....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, History, Legal Issues]

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Reverend John Hale in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, gives a glimpse into the infamous witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The play opens after a group of girls has been caught dancing in the woods by the town minister, Reverend Parris. When one of the girls suddenly becomes stricken with an unusual disease, the first assumption is witchcraft and John Hale is brought in. Hale, an expert of witchcraft, is called to Salem to discover the evil behind the girl’s affliction. But the longer he remains in Salem, the more he asks himself: Where does the true evil reside in Salem....   [tags: witchcraft, evil, investigation]

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Dramatic Tension in The Crucible

- Dramatic Tension in The Crucible The play, ‘The Crucible’, illustrates how people react to mass hysteria created by a person or group of people, as people did during the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s and the Salem witch hunts of 1962. Many Americans were wrongly accused of being Communist sympathizers. The activities of the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to be linked with the witchcraft trials that had taken place in the town of Salem. This provided Miller with the catalyst to write ‘The Crucible’....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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Plot Summary of The Crucible

- In 1692, the colony of Massachusetts was infected by witchcraft that would lead to the executions and imprisonments of a myriad of people. In particular, in the small parish of Salem Village, many called upon witchcraft when Reverend Samuel Parris, the town’s minister, is kneeling next to a bed while, “His daughter, Betty Parris, aged ten, is lying on the bed, inert.”(Miller 1234) It becomes known around the town that Betty Parris and numerous other girls were found dancing with the minister’s slave, Tituba....   [tags: literary analysis, arthur miller]

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The Crucible - Emnity And Distrust

- Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is set in Salem village where an atmosphere of enmity and mistrust has been created through the conflicts and disagreements many villagers experience throughout the play. Many of these are caused by or, similar to the conflict between Parris and Proctor, are inflated by the many accusations of witchcraft occurring in the village. John Proctor is very rarely involved in village affairs, preferring to spend time on his farm than getting involved in politics. He does however still have conflicts with others in the village, especially Parris, whom he mistrusts greatly....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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Comparing The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck and The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

- The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, is a novel depicting life during the Dust Bowl, while The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller is a semi-fiction version of the Salem Witch Trials. Despite these vast differences they both share three main character dependant themes. The sorrow of regret, the destruction of one’s religion, and the greed of some at the expense of many. The sadness that emits from sorrow is one of the main occurrences in these novels. The Crucible is a story about a false accusation of civilians committing witchcraft which ends up creating massive hysteria due to the trials having a misled judge....   [tags: Comparative, John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller]

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Vengeance and Dishonesty in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

- Each character has a certain failing that they represent in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, more than anyone else. For Thomas Putnam his failing is how he would do anything to get vengeance on Francis Nurse. John Proctor failing is dishonesty to protect which undoubtedly cause his own down fall. Reverend Parris whose materialistic ways for money will end up with him having nothing. Putnam’s vengeance, Proctor’s dishonesty to protect, and Parris’ materialism all show a failing that will have consequences for someone in Salem....   [tags: john proctor, putman]

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Witchcraft in the Salem Village and The Crucible

- Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. A hysteria over it was caused by a group of girls. (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning. (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few have tried to use it. (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village hysteria was a major event in United States history, which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials Description

- Since ancient times, the world has been plagued by the belief that witches roam freely. Witch trials have long been an iniquitous way to get rid of the presumably evil men and women who lurk throughout the deepest parts of the earth. From the beginning of time, an estimated 50 to 200 thousand people have been killed because of witch trials ; however, the most famous witch trial that ever took place was the Salem Witch Trials that occurred during 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Massachusetts was settled by English Puritans in 1630; it was inhibited by close to six hundred residents, who lived in two unmistakably different societies: Salem town, and Salem Village....   [tags: witch trial, witchcraft, sarah osborne]

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Legacy of Torment: The Crucible

- ... She advocated that “I saw the Indians smash my parents heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish word done at night,” (Miller 1268). This quote above all contributed to her ability to keep herself on the down low because it put fright into the girls minds, thus saving herself from being told on. Her ability to intimidate and put fear into the girls minds saves her reputation, as well as keeps her from being put to death. Williams’ relationship with Parris is one of backstabbing and greed....   [tags: Arthur Miller play analysis]

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Abigail Williams in Act One of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- How Arthur Miller Establishes the Character and Motivation of Abigail Williams in Act One and How She is Not to be Trusted Arthur Miller wrote ‘The Crucible’ in the 1950’s during the Cold War. The play is a study in the mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. It shows the consequences of being accused as a witch. The reason for a witch hunt is because it is a sign of the devil and in Salem no one is more superior than God. The people of the town live for God, respect God and die even for God....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Interruptions and Delayed Explanations in Act III of The Crucible

- The Crucible Essay In act three opportunities constantly arise for the whole problem of the play to be cleared up satisfactorily, but these are always frustrated. Show how this act is one of interruptions and explanations which are tragically delayed. The crucible is a play written by Arthur miller and concerns the mass hysteria, which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials in the U.S.A. At that time the people who lived in Salem believed in witches and the devil. They believed that the bible told them that witches should be hanged and they were required to live by strict puritan laws....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Justice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Justice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller The question that I have chosen is Question 5, What do you think this play has to say to the audience about Justice. After a summary of the Crucible I shall answer that question. The Crucible, a historical play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in the small Puritan village of Salem in the colony of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials, as Miller explains in a prose prologue to the play, grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted interference in other affairs as well as a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behaviour....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Today in the world there are people who tend to continue to show religious fervor. This can be more classified as the people who believe in a religion. A real life example of this is in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. As things go on the town of Salem becomes over run with accusations of witches; these witches people think are in the town that it is Devils work people have looked to religion. Arthur Miller's The Crucible presents how religion fervor fuels the chaos in the production and ultimately leads to conditions that sacrifice justice and reason; the behavior of these character Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, and Reverend Hale best exemplify someone with religious fervor....   [tags: religious fervor theme]

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I Saw Abigail Williams with the Devil in the Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as a symbolism for his own failing marriage and the communist hunt in America at this time in his life. However, almost 50 years later, Miller also wrote the screenplay for his movie adaption of the play. Moreover, there were definite changes to scenes, characters, and dialog, between the play and the movie. Miller’s variation to his own play, showcase key differences in Abigail Williams, through his changes in her persona, relationship with John Proctor, and the added scenes in the film....   [tags: persona, relationship, scenes]

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Themes of Pride and Integrity in The Crucible

- The Crucible was not widely accepted when it was originally released. The literature was Arthur Miller's response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. During the play Abigail Williams accuses most of Salem of being a witch. This leads to mass hysteria within the town. Which in turn leads to Reverend Parris bringing Reverend John Hale to Salem. Hale is there to sort out and get rid of any presence of the Devil. There is a multitude of themes in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. These range any where from guilt and revenge to authority and integrity....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Spark that Ignited the Salem Witchcraft Trials

- What really happened in Salem that ignited the spark of the Witchcraft Trials. Was it out of boredom. Did the girls come down with a case of Schizophrenia, encephalitis, or Huntington’s chorea. (Vogel 1). These are all possibilities, but there is still one theory that could reveal the truth behind the Salem Witch Trials. According to the research by psychologist Linda Caporael, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, the poisoning of ergot originally created the hysteria. (Vogel 1 and Clark 2)....   [tags: poisoning of ergot]

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Witchcraft in the Small Village of Salem

- Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. Madness over witchcraft was caused by a group of girls (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few had tried to use it (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village panic was a major event in United States history which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Salem witch trials,]

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Changes in Character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Changes in Character in The Crucible One definition of "crucible" is "a severe test of patience and belief, or a trial". This definition pertains to Arthur Miller's four-act play, "The Crucible." The definition is suiting, because it is during this play that the wills of innocent women and men are put to the test when they are accused of things they did not do. It was the ultimate trial of determination and willpower to withstand such a wretched ordeal. Abigail Williams, Elizabeth and John Proctor, Mary Warren, Reverend Parris and even Reverend Hale had changed drastically because of what they had to go through during the course of the play....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Rebelling Against the Status Quo in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

- In a world where compromise is part of our daily experience, there is something to be said for the rebel. Depending on the time, circumstances and historian, individuals who have been found to revolt have been labeled everything from heroic revolutionary leader to mere lunatic (albeit magnificent agitators). The actions and agendas of such rebels vary, as do the means and modes of self expression. But one thing is certain – rebels capture our attention, if not our collective imagination, and oftentimes strike a common chord found within the human spirit....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible 2014]

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The Character of John Proctor in The Crucible

- In the novel The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses varying degrees of goodness and evil to control the flow of the story while showcasing a Puritan town's superstitions and fear of the devil to justify the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The central character in Salem is John Proctor, an outspoken, successful, and well-respected farmer who chooses to maintain a certain distance from the church. Religious at heart, this man who has sinned, openly condemns the witch trials while hiding a secret that could discredit the main accuser, Abigail Williams....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]

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The Tragedy of Salem

- There was a crime committed down the street and a few kids say they saw you doing the crime. You have nothing to prove to them that you didn't. You were held responsible for it. What would your reaction be to that. You would sure say "No I had nothing to do with it" because you know you didn't. In this world some people live and die for pride were others try their whole life to understand it, and there are others who coward from it as well. John Procter's actions throughout the play are motivated by his strong sense of pride that he has on himself....   [tags: American Literature]

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True Lies

- The partner’s truth and lie are fickle creatures. They can change, morph, or grow into something entirely unlike what they were when they started. When multiple lies are told, they can snowball, creating catastrophic effects. The lines often blur between the two, until it is impossible to tell which started as the truth, and which the lie. What begins as a small, white lie can, like a black hole, consume all that comes near it. The characters in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour are defined by lies....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Crucible by Director Nicholas Hytner

- When Arthur Miller published “The Crucible” in 1953, the play’s audience was a nation of Americans seized in the grip of McCarthyism. The Communist “witch hunt” has long since ended, but the public’s fascination with this shameful piece of American history has not. The original play unfolded over the course of 4 acts that mainly consisted of dialogue. As a result, the creators of the 1996 movie adaptation had an ample degree of creative latitude to update the narrative for a modern audience. Director Nicholas Hytner utilized a host of cinematic techniques that enabled the moving images to tug the heartstrings of the audience just as effectively as the book had done before....   [tags: Movie Analysis 2014]

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Salem Witch Trials of 1692

- The Salem witch trials of the 17th century, was an event that took place in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts which spread mass hysteria that centralized around the idea of witchcraft and reflected religious persecution. This tale of events provoked the fears of Puritans whom at the time hated and believed witchcraft to be evil, the practice of committing ill acts on the innocent, the aid of demonic spirits and conveying with Satan. Therefore, the idea of Devil worshipping and witchcraft became a central scapegoat as a reason to exterminate those who were outcasts and did not practice in the Puritan faith accordingly to the rest of the town....   [tags: U.S. History]

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Discussion of the Factors and Effects of the Salem Witch Trials

- In 1692, more than 150 people in and around Salem, Massachusetts were imprisoned on charges of practicing witchcraft. Sentences of death were carried out on twenty of the accused. This event is remembered not only because of the loss of life due to accusations of witchcraft, but also because of its portrayal of the consequences of paranoia and hysteria in a partial judicial system. The Salem witch trials will be explored further by discussing the accusers and the accused, the beliefs and society of 17th century North America and outcome of the trials....   [tags: accusers, hysteria, puritans]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Many years ago, the culture and atmosphere was amazingly different. The expectations of people and communities are extremely high. During the Puritan times, many laws and regulations existed pertaining to government, religion, and witchcraft. In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the one word that best describes the Puritan beliefs and the community structure is strict. The Puritan government during the time of this play is a theocracy—a government of God, run by the town’s minister....   [tags: puritan beliefs]

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The Crucible: An Allegory for the McCarthy Era

- The Crucible was written as an allegory for the McCarthy era in 1953 by Arthur Miller; an American playwright. The McCarthy era was epitomized by the fear of Communism that Senator McCarthy whipped up. He fostered a witch hunt against anyone who disagreed with his views. Miller’s intention was that the play would be a parody of his own context (himself) with John Proctor quite evidently being a reflection of Miller. The witches in the play symbolized communism. A ‘Crucible’ can mean both; "a container for melting or purifying metals by heat" and "a severe test." Miller describes the village of Salem as ‘the container’ and its contents; the God-fearing residents of Salem along with their emot...   [tags: McCarthy, crucible, authur miller,]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible The Crucible, takes place in the small Puritan village called Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the moral system of the Puritans. This split the town into two, those who were considered witches and those who wanted good. The play begins at Reverend Parris' home, whose daughter Betty is ill. Parris is living with his daughter and his seventeen-year old niece Abigail. Parris believes that is daughters illness is from supernatural causes, so he sends for Reverend Hale....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Nothing in history happens as an isolated event. All of time is a continuous cycle of cause and effect, each decision and event leading to another. Eventually all the pieces fall into place to form the landscape of time. It is the job of historians to study this process and determine exactly what each piece of the puzzle is. From the building of the pyramids to America’s war on terrorism, people can eventually trace everything back through time. Of course, attempts to discover the exact causes often lead to controversy....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, Controversy]

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Overview of The Crucible

- The Crucible was a rather strong book, it had battles both internal and external, there were also betrayals and vendettas… but a few stuck strong to their morals of what was wrong, and what was right. After the girl’s acts were, undoubtedly, in the eyes of the law, seen as entirely real, people who would not otherwise have been accused of witchcraft were now eligible to be under Satan’s spell. One John Proctor, saw himself above the nonsense, that witches could not exist in Salem, his wife, his children nor him; But, when Mary Warren said to the court that he used his spirit to drag her i...   [tags: literary analysis, arthur miller]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials were a prime part of American history during the early 17th century. During this time, religion was the prime focus and way of life within colonies. This was especially true for the Puritan way of life. Puritans first came to America in hopes of practicing Christianity their own way, to the purest form. The Puritans were fundamentalists who believed every word transcribed in the Bible by God was to be followed exactly for what it was. The idea of the devil controlling a woman and forming her into a Witch was originated from people’s lack of awareness on illness, disease or simple hysteria....   [tags: puritans, religion, the crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During the seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts is a seaport town populated mostly by Puritan colonists who came over from England in the seventeenth century. Beliefs of witchcraft came over with the settlers who, if caught practicing, was punishable by death. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of court cases in 1692 revolving around witchcraft where over hundred people were accused, nineteen were hanged, and one was pressed to death. England had accused people of witchcraft dating back as far as the twelfth century, and it was not until the fourteenth century that they began to arrest and try citizens....   [tags: Massachusetts, Puritans, US history]

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The Crucibles Verbal Irony

- Arthur Miller, one of America's greatest playwrights, living or dead, is a master of verbal irony. An examination of three strong examples of verbal irony in Millers play, The Crucible, will prove this out. While Miller started the genre of the tragedy of the common man, and is also know for his thoughtful and decisive plot lines, much of his fame, possibly can be attributed to his brilliant use of language generally, and his use of verbal irony in particular. Amidst the drama of the court scene in Act III, Proctor and Mary Warren are being questioned in relation to Elizabeth's possession of poppets....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Dramatic Effect of the First Act in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Dramatic Effect of the First Act in Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is set in Salem in 1692. It is about a group of girls who are accused of witchcraft by the people of Salem, and they are put on trial for it. The story is centred on a man named John Proctor who is a farmer in the town, and it is about his affairs, his everyday ones and his sexual ones. There are many themes in The Crucible, deceit, religion, fear, guilt and the evading of peoples privacy. Miller wrote the play to be a parallel of the famous McCarthy trials of the 1950's, in which he was involved....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Role of the Puritan Church in the Salem Witch Trials

- The Role of the Puritan Church in the Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials were a time of confusion, where half a dozen girl accusers threw the town of Salem on its head. The end result was 19 hung and one crushed to death for failure to admit or deny witchcraft and 150 more were imprisoned throughout the course of the trial (Hall p38). The Puritans came to the “New World” for their religious freedom to fallow their ideals for a new way of life, the “perfect way of life.” They were issued charter--to live on the land--....   [tags: Papers]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692: The History, Proceedings, and Legal Consequences of the Mass Hysteria

- The first bout of panic came about in January of 1662, when a few young women and girls had a series of violent and hysterical fits. They claimed that they were being “tormented” by apparitions of members of the community. Many members of the community were horrified by the violence of these fits, as well as the anguish that the women and girls went through (Godbeer). On January 20th, Reverend Parris’ 11year-old niece and 9 year-old daughter respectively, Abigail Williams and Betty Parris started to have fits that were quite horrifying in nature....   [tags: religious misconception, violent fits]

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Summary of Each of the Four Acts in The Crucible

- Act I Rev. Parris is praying over his daughter Betty who lies unconscious in her bed.Conversations between Parris, his niece Abigail Williams and between several girls reveal that they, including Abigail and Betty, were engaged in occultist activities in a nearby forest, apparently led by Tituba, Parris's slave from Barbados. On seeing them, Parris jumped from a bush, startling them. Betty promptly fainted and has not yet recovered. The townspeople do not know exactly what the girls were up to, but there are rumors of witchcraft....   [tags: arthur miller]

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The Puritan and Persecution Predicament in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the 1692 Salem witch trials. Arthur Miller tells the story of John Proctor; A man who is trying to save his wife and friends from wrongful accusations of being witches. He also tells the story of a misguided court whom are innocently accusing people of witchcraft in Salem. Within this play, Arthur Miller highlights main themes that occur during the trials. The Salem witch trials created many innocent deaths. In his play, Arthur Miller shows the two main themes on why the Salem witch trials caused so many deaths....   [tags: Hysteria, Witchcraft, Wrong Accusations]

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The Witch Trials of Salem

- The Witch Trials of Salem Though only a seven-month “trend,” the Salem Witch Trials (SWTs) led to the executions and imprisonments of several innocent people. The SWTs were the examinations, trials, and executions of alleged “witches” beginning in late February 1692 and ending in late October 1692. The SWTs began in Salem Village, Massachusetts (currently Danvers, Massachusetts). The SWTs began with the “circle girls”: Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Jr., Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis, and Mary Walcott....   [tags: American History]

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The Crucilbe: Theater Project. Includes Directorial, Set, Sound, And C

- I chose Arthur Miller’s The Crucible because of the plot’s dark history and suspense. Also because of the play’s reflection of McCarthyism. The so called “witch-hunts” for communist brought on by Senator Joseph. The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692, where suspicions of witchcraft were floating around the town air. Act 1 starts out in early spring and ends in Act 4 when it is late fall. The play opens with Betty Parris sick in bed, and Reverend Parris tending to her, and wondering what made her so sick....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials Throughout history citizens have branded people as witches, and warlocks. Maybe, a person act's different than ourselves, or they have strange habits, does this make them a witch. In the Massachusetts Bay Colony in January of 1692, you would be branded a witch for these odd doing's. Being accused of witch craft had serious consequences. At the residence of Reverend Samuel Parris in the village of Salem is where the witchcraft crises broke out (Wilson, 18). Within his house was his nine year old daughter Betty Parris, and her eleven year old cousin Abigail Williams (19)....   [tags: Papers]

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Rebecca Nurse: Fact Vs. Fiction

- In his article, “Why I Wrote The Crucible,” Arthur Miller speaks of the 1950’s “which nobody seems to remember clearly”- a time of fearful insanity and unrest. Anyone could be accused. Showing excessive opposition ensured prosecution. Most shrunk back from disputing the McCarthy hearings for fear of their safety. Now, this period of panic is viewed as absurd. As Miller describes Hitler as being almost comical to his generation, the modern generation sees the Salem witch trials as foolish scuffles between ignorant people....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller "Societies often tend to suppress individual freedom in order to maintain social order" 'Examine the key characters and their beliefs in The Crucible in the light of this statement' A crucible is a vessel in which metals are heated, melted down and purified. The play 'The Crucible', by Arthur Miller shows a community, which ignites and burns with the accusations of witchcraft, mass hysteria and retribution. Set in the small town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692, it explores the struggle of one man with his conscience and his eventual purification....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During February 1692 through May 1693 the town of Salem went from being a normal Puritan town to a hunting ground. The people of Salem where not hunting simple things like deer or foxes, these people where on the hunt for something that was being controlled by Satan himself. Witches had the town of Salem shaking in their boots and extremely suspicious of everyone around them. Innocent lives were taken and the town of Salem would go down in history as one of the most famous trials in America. In this research paper we will explore how the Puritan society handles the thought of witchcraft in Salem....   [tags: Puritans, condemnation due to religious beliefs]

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The Role of Reverend Hale as a Catalyst in The Crucible

- The Salem witch trials of 1692 was an event that shaped the history of this country, as well as the lives of those whose wives and husbands were condemned to death. In order for such an event to occur, there must be a set of people who catalyze the event, and others who speak out against it. In “The Crucible”, certain characters help contribute to the rising hysteria of witchcraft, and others contribute to the disapproval of so many wrongful convictions. Reverend Hale is a character who actually contributes to both sides....   [tags: The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witchcraft trials in Massachusetts during 1692 resulted in nineteen innocent men and women being hanged, one man pressed to death, and in the deaths of more than seventeen who died in jail. It all began at the end of 1691 when a few girls in the town began to experiment with magic by gathering around a crystal ball to try to find the answer to questions such as "what trade their sweet harts should be of ". This conjuring took place in the Parris household where a woman named Tituba, an Indian slave, headed the rituals....   [tags: American History Witch Witches Essays Salem]

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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

- Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" 'The Crucible' was written in 1952 by the twentieth century American playwright Arthur Miller (1915-.) Miller was born in New York and educated at the University of Michigan where he began to write plays. Most of Miller's plays are set in contemporary America and on the whole offer a realistic portrayal of life and society and the theme of self-realization is re-current e.g. John Proctor in 'The Crucible'. 'The Crucible' was the third play Miller wrote. It is a play about the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays]

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Comparing The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone and The Crucible by Arthur Miller

-     When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up, most people think of a rigorous, conservative, highly devout society. While this may have usually been the case, this was not always so. The Puritan society was also known not to act out of Christian love, but to cruelly lash out at those who sinned or were deemed unfit for society. Two works of literature that display both aspects of this society very accurately are The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel  Hawthorne, and The Crucible, by Arthur Miller....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Miller's Presentation of the Theme Of Greed And Envy within The Crucible

- Miller's Presentation of the Theme Of Greed And Envy within The Crucible 'The Crucible' was written in 1953 by Arthur Miller in the time of the cold war, although the play was set in 1692. The play is about a town called Salem in America and about the witch-hunts that took place there. Because it was written in this time period there is a feeling of mistrust, greed and envy echoed in the play. Arthur Miller plays on these feelings and produces a theme of greed and envy that is critical to the whole play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Hysteria and the Consequences of Mass Paranoia in The Crucible

- The Crucible Effectively Demonstrates the Development of Hysteria and the Consequences of Mass Paranoia. Discuss this with Reference to the Play and the Time in Which it is Written. 'The Crucible' was written in 1952 by Arthur Miller and was first performed in 1953. It is about a village called Salem in America, set in the 17th century, where a suspicion of witchcraft and association with the Devil has arisen. This theme of accusation and paranoia is comparable with the period of McCarthyism in the United States of America, where many people were accused of communism and anti-Americanism....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Values and Morality in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Values and Morality in The Crucible by Arthur Miller The Crucible by Arthur Miller raises many thought provoking issues throughout the play, including the importance of personal integrity, injustice in society and the rights of the community versus the rights of the individual. The first, the importance of personal integrity, is brought to light through John Proctor, who finds himself facing personal conflict when making the decision of whether to lie and 'confess' to the court, saving his own life, or to tell the truth and be condemned by it....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible: A Defense for His Communist Friends

- Arthur Miller was an American author who was born in 1915. He wrote ‘the crucible’ in 1953 during the McCarthy period when Americans were accusing each other of pro-communist beliefs. Many of Miller’s friends were being attacked as communists and in 1956; Miller himself was brought before the House of Un-American Activities Committee where he was found guilty of beliefs in communism. The verdict was reversed in 1957 in an appeals court. The crucible was written to warn people about the mass hysteria that happened in Salem and how the McCarthy period could follow the same route....   [tags: Arthur Miller, communism, crucible,]

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Personal and Social Struggles in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Although a strict society composed of high morality and disciplinary laws may be necessary for safety, it causes internal conflicts within the individuals. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller a theocracy in Salem rules and guides the citizens into doing what is “right”, but eventually backfires due to issues of reputation and jealousy. Society has a lot of influence on the citizens, and with a bad reputation, it is nearly impossible to live in a Puritan society. Salem’s strict Puritanical social structure causes personal struggles for the individuals involved in the events of The Crucible, and then eventually these personal struggles affect the society overall....   [tags: high morality, disciplinary laws]

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The Witch Trials of 1692

- The Witch Trials of 1692 During the winter of 1692, in the small village of Salem, Massachusetts, something terrible happened. Salem Massachusetts became the center of a horrible tragedy, which changed the life of many people. It was a time of fear, because of bad crops, Indian raids, and diseases. The people of Salem Village had to blame something, or someone. The people of Salem Village accused people, and called them witches. They were accused of all those terrible things and more. Salem Village was a small, farming community with a population of 550....   [tags: American America History]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller On the 17 October 2000, I went to see The crucible by Authur Miller. It was performed at The Mercury theatre in Colchester. When I first heard the title, I was expecting a spooky play. I had already heard a small amount about the play and knew that it involved witchcraft. The Crucible is set in 1692, Salem, Massachusetts. We do not see the event that actually sparks the play, but we learn about it later. Five girls, led by Abigail, were in the woods with a slave woman, Tituba....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Illusion Vs Reality – The Causticity of Illusion

- Reality is the state of the world of how it really is, whereas an illusion is erroneous interpretation of reality. Illusions often derail people from their sanity, as they cause them to inadvertently live lives in accordance to false beliefs. As a result, the outcomes for these people, and the people around them, are often atrocious. The theme of illusion versus reality is excessively demonstrated in Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare, and also in The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller....   [tags: Literary Review]

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