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The History of the Salem Witchcraft Trials

- During the time of the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, more than twenty people died an innocent death. All of those innocent people were accused of one thing, witchcraft. During 1692, in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts many terrible events happened. A group of Puritans lived in Salem during this time. They had come from England, where they were prosecuted because of their religious beliefs. They chose to come live in America and choose their own way to live. They were very strict people, who did not like to act different from others....   [tags: Salem Witchcraft Trials, ]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials During Colonial Massachusetts

- ... During the seventh century, women were expected to follow Puritan customs. The Salem Witchcraft Trails were a collection of executions that had more to do with a women’s social status and the inability to explain behaviors that women portrayed at that time. The term “witch” in the present has been used in films, books, and pop culture. In 1692, an example of a person who was considered a “witch” was generally someone who appeared to be involved in an occult like worship by practicing witchcraft....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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Witchcraft in Salem

- Witchcraft in Salem In the past, the word Salem has always been somewhat synonymous with the infamous witch trials. Thanks to works such as Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, many people find it hard not to envision a community torn apart by chaos, even though Miller’s play was not so much about the witch trials but instead a commentary on the rampant McCarthyism going on at the time he wrote it. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, however, see a very different picture when the Salem witch trials are mentioned....   [tags: Salem Possesed Witchcraft Witch Trials Essays]

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The Salem Witch Trials : An Everlasting Legacy Of Witchcraft And Magic Within The United States

- Throughout history, there have been many phenomenal occurrences that are directly relatable to religion, and therefore hold a special place in the pages of the history books. In this case, the Salem Witch Trials, which occurred in Massachusetts in and around 1692 created an everlasting legacy of witchcraft and magic within the United States. The Salem witch trials are commonly heard of around the entire world, as they in some way set a precedent when it came to witchcraft and dark magic, which was assumed to be seen during this time....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]

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Witch Trials Of Salem And The Witchcraft Trials

- ... 4. Miller portrays each character in a different light in order to differentiate those with secrets and those without with an objective tone. Golden Line: “What victory would the Devil have to win a soul already bad?” My Line: What good is it for sugar to rot a already cavity dulled tooth. *1. In the well known novel “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, hysteria is exposed from its roots within the courts of Salem with shocking confessions and accusations. 2. Miller uses vivid descriptions of, “...black mischiefs” and, “...a misty coldness climbin’ up my back and the skin on my skull begin to creep…” to paint the odd displays in court that are responsible for the hysteria throughout Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692

- The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, which resulted in 19 executions, and 150 accusations of witchcraft, are one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. They began when three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began to have hysterical fits, after being discovered engaging in forbidden fortune-telling (not dancing naked in the woods) to learn what sorts of men they would marry. Betty's father, the Reverend Samuel Parris, called in more senior authorities to determine if the girls' affliction was caused by witchcraft....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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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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Witchcraft And Witchcraft : A Part Of Many Cultures

- ... Due to the doctors inability to medically explain the behaviour shift in the group of girls they suggested that the girls were afflicted by "an evil hand" (Detweiler 1975: 239). The people of the village assumed that they were bewitched because there was no other explanation for the odd behaviour, as it was not recognized as being caused naturally. To the people, the Bible noted a clear concise way to deal with those who were bewitched: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” (Detweiler 1975: 597)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Hysteria of Salem Witchcraft

- The Hysteria of Salem Witchcraft Although there has been a long history of witchcraft, the main concentration is from the periods of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the British North American colonies alone there were over 100 witchcraft trials alone, were 40 percent of the accused were executed. Now two professors, Carol F. Karlsen of history and Kai T. Erikson of sociology, examine the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria to see if it was caused by a fear of women and give two entirely different interpretations....   [tags: Papers]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials in 1962

- Salem Witchcraft Trials in 1962 The Witchcraft trials in 1692, which infested the small town of Salem Massachusetts, can most definitely be placed among the most absurd events in the history of the United States. Though Witchcraft was never proved to be the cause of this mysterious chain of events, one can wonder whether if in fact the Devil was present in this vile scheme. Arthur Miller recounts this horrid tale in his powerful drama, The Crucible, in which a simple hoax inspired by a few girls is augmented exponentially by the sins that lurk within the souls of each individual....   [tags: Papers]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Throughout society and throughout literature, vulnerable communities under certain conditions can be easily taken advantage of by a person or group of people presumed innocent. In the play, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, there are three main factors that allowed the girls fallacious stories to be believed: Salem’s flawed court system, its lack of diversity in beliefs and religion, and the lack of a strong leader in the town. Although Abigail and the girls initiated the accusations, the responsibility lies with the entire community....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials

- The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 were the largest outbreak of witch hunting in colonial New England up to that time. Although it was the largest outbreak, it was not something that was new. Witch-hunting had been a part of colonial New England since the formation of the colonies. Between the years 1648 to 1663, approximately 15 witches were executed. During the winter of 1692 to February of 1693, approximately 150 citizens were accused of being witches and about 25 of those died, either by hanging or while in custody....   [tags: American History]

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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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Salem Witchcraft

- Salem Witchcraft Witchcraft accusations and trials in 1692 rocked the colony of Salem Massachusetts. There are some different views that are offered concerning why neighbors decided to condemn the people around them as witches and why they did what they did to one another. Carol Karlsen in her book The Devil in the Shape of a Woman and Bernard Rosenthal in Salem Story give several factors, ranging from woman hunting to shear malice, that help explain why the Salem trials took place and why they reached the magnitude that they did....   [tags: History Witches Papers]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- Accusations of witchcraft ran rampant in the 17th century colonial settlements in the United States. The individuals accused, mostly women, were put on trial and punished, if found guilty. The most well-known of such cases on public record are the Salem Witch Trials. Between February, 1692 and May, 1693, hearings and prosecutions were set up to deal with those accused of dabbling in the dark arts in the cities of Andover, Salem, and Ipswich, all in Massachusetts Bay. These trials came to commonly be referred to as the Salem Witch Trials because some of the most notorious cases were heard in the Oyer and Terminer courts in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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Salem Witchcraft

- Salem Witchcraft Imagine yourself in a community with severe conflict, in addition to being different from others. Or worse yet, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or saying the wrong things. During the 1690's, people in Salem had to watch their every move and word as Corey Giles soon found out. Giles was not an admirable man, especially where John Procter stood (they had a long standing quarrel which had ended up in court). In addition, he was a violent person. However, Giles wanted to attend the Salem witch trials, when he told his wife, Martha, she took his saddle and hid it hoping to discourage his attendance....   [tags: Papers]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials

- Salem Witchcraft Trials Thesis Statement ================ The Salem Witchcraft Trials occurred because of the depth of Salem Puritans' belief in witchcraft and the devil. Introduction ============ The Salem Witchcraft trials started in 1692 resulting in 19 executions and 150 accusations of witchcraft. This was the biggest outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in colonial New England. The trials began because three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began having hysterical fits, convulsions and terrifying visions after being caught engaging in forbidden fortune telling[1]....   [tags: Papers]

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Salem Witch Trials : Facts And Summary

- ... This led to Samuel Perris to go and talked to other ministers and see what they recommended, the other local ministers recommended that Samuel waited to see how the girls reacted and if their condition got worst (“The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692”). Since Salem Village was a small town the story of Elizabeth Perris and Abigail Williams started to spread around the town, later that day there was reports of other girls having the same behavior (“The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692”). Since the town people were starting to be afraid they were pressuring the government to come up with an explanation for the condition all the girls were showing (“Salem Witch Museum”)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials vs. the Crucible

- Salem Witch Craft In 1962 the penalty of witchcraft was to be hung or smashed. There was a big outburst of witchcraft and spells that were going around among the people of Massachusetts in 1962. Some of the women of Salem began the witchcraft many people started to catch on and fallow them. A lot of these people were hung do to what the bible said about the wrongs of witchcraft. When these women of Salem Massachusetts started to do witchcraft and pass it on to other people they were put on trial for their actions, which at the time was, illegal....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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salem witchcraft trials cause and effect

- In 1692 the area of Salem town and Salem village became very vulnerable to conflict. Severe weather such as hurricanes had damaged land and crops, the effects of King Phillips War began to impact New England society, and colonists were being forced off of the frontiers by Native peoples. The Church and the government were in heavy conflict. And those residing in Salem began to grow suspicious of one another when some prospered and others hadn’t (Marcus, p13). Suddenly people seemed very paranoid and soon residents were placing blame on one another and accusing each other of witchcraft....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Historical Comparison of the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthyism Era

- Throughout history , it has been shown that, history has a tendency to repeat itself. In 1692, men and women were accused of witchcraft whether they were guilty or not. The place that this was occurring was, Salem, Massachusetts, a city full of puritans who came from Europe. Witchcraft was the among the worst crime any individual could do. This often times led to people being hung or exiled from the church. Many people were hung, even though they were innocent. Many years later during the WWII era, there was a lot of speculation about communists and their impact in America This era was known as the McCarthyism era, because, Sen....   [tags: social issues, salem witchcraft trials]

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Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem

- Between the mid-16th century and the early 17th centuries, immigrants branched from the Church of England, and absconded to America to construct a religion that “…steer[ed] the church toward a more Protestant, Calvinistic theology, and purge[d] the church of all remnants of Catholicism.” (Salisbury) These settlers were quick to become known as Puritans as they wanted to “…purify the Church of England.” (Salisbury) To the Puritans, souls were tainted in the eyes of God until they proved themselves pure....   [tags: british history, church]

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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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The Salem Witch Trials Of Salem

- ... Lucifer was naturally one of God’s angels but started to question God’s acts. Lucifer believed that God didn’t want the angels to be as smart or as powerful as He so that they couldn’t overthrow him. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lúcifer, son of the morning. how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” This being said, the Puritans were afraid of the devil because he turned away from God and that is the complete opposite of what they wanted to do. This is why Salem broke out when witches were thought to be around....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Satan]

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Witchcraft, An Age Old Practice

- ... Puritan laws also gave women very little freedom or power because they were easier targets for the devil to give them power. Women who did not follow the cookie cutter model of how they should act, were often suspected of having contact with the devil. Those who misbehaved or showed individualistic ideas were accused of following Satan which made them witches, which was one of the worst crimes you could commit and was punishable by death. These strict rules caused the people of the society to be naturally wary of any differences in people, because they feared witchcraft....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials : A Devastating Event

- ... Franklin Jr. Mixon is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at Columbus State University. In his work "Homo Economicus" he states that it is clear that a religion (specifically Puritan for that is the religious people who occupied the Salem Village) can simply manipulate doctrine to establish or maintain a monopoly, increase membership, and augment individual or corporate wealth. The Salem witchcraft episode shows how relatively easy it was in colonial North America for ministers to interpret questionable actions as witchcraft and thereby increase the demand for ministerial services.1 Franklin puts into perspective the economic point of view....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Ergotism, Salem]

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Reason And Significance Of Salem Witch Trials

- ... Puritan’s had a strong belief of god and the devil, which greatly contributed to the hysteria of witchcraft. Every action they made was to prove that they lived a life devoted to god’s work. Puritans saw the devil as the reason for misfortune and thought women to be weaker to temptation. The fear of being persuaded by Satan was accompanied by the paranoia of Indian raids. At this time Indians were allies of the French and had a very negative reputation among the colonies of Massachusetts. The year 1692 was not an easy year for the women of Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Controversy Of The Salem Witch Trials

- The citizens of Massachusetts Bay Colony were undoubtedly aware of the warnings of Scripture against witchcraft. For example, Leviticus 19:31 states, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” Other scriptures also warn against witchcraft. Yet, in the years 1692 to 1693, witchcraft was certainly on their minds. During that time, the mysterious circle of girls was a questionable day by day occurrence. The other girls in the community that were not accepted into the circle felt left out....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- ... No one could ever figure out what had happened to the sailors when they were out at sea, the people then got lost under the misapprehension that this incident was curse from the dark acts of witchcraft. This point in time demonstrated how ignorance could lead to superstition. Pope Innocent VII officially declared witches were real in 1484. Later, in 1530, King Henry of England separated his nation from Roman Catholicism, which resulted in creating the church of England because he did not believe in witches (The Salem Witch Trials 8)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Titub Salem Witch Trials

- ... Due to the fact that she wasn’t born in Salem, her race is not certain. One reason for this is that the name Tituba can be linked to three different backgrounds: African because of the Yoruba word “titi”, Native American because of the name of the tribe “Tetebana”, and Spanish because of the word “titubear” (Tituba 's Race - Black, Indian, Mixed?). Despite the possible origins of her name, there are additional links to the different backgrounds. Tituba has been said to be African as a result of 17th century obliviousness....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Sarah Good, Salem]

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Causes of the Salem Witch Trials

- From the beginning of time there has been conflict between the views of different people and their different groups. Conflict has brought prejudice and fear into communities around the world. As conflict is an inescapable part of any society, it can be expected to extend to the greatest impact possible. The Salem Witch Trials are one such conflict. This conflict caused many to be accused, arrested, and killed. Because of social, economic, religious, and physical problems within the community, Salem Village was present with prejudice and panic causing the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: witchcraft, salem village, American history]

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Mccarthyism And The Salem Witch Trials

- Alyssa Zito Ms. Bowman Honors American History 23 October 2014 McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials are two points in American History when citizens were accused by other people out of a fear of something they did not have an explanation for. Widespread, irrational fear during both these times played on the American psyche and caused mass panic. These were horrible times in history and resulted in many different thoughts that played on people’s brains and caused issues throughout the country....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Wily Witchcraft

- The Crucible, penned by Arthur Miller, a four-act dramatic play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in a small Puritan village of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behavior. The play opens with the reader finding out about a young girl who is inert in her bed. The villagers automatically suspect witchcraft. However, they do not know that all the girls in the village sneaked out to the woods the night before where they made a potion to let them have the man they love....   [tags: Crucible, Arthur Miller, Salem, witchcraft, trial]

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

- Salem, Massachusetts. Before the 1600’s, it might have been regarded as a peaceful farming community, but in 1662, everything changed. A bout of what might have been regarded as religious fervor, but was actually a wave of panic over the fear of witches and witchcraft swept the Christian Puritan-dominated Essex County, located in Massachusetts. The panic originated in the now-infamous town of Salem. During the famous Salem Witch Trials of 1662, over 150 men and women were formally charged with the crime of witchcraft....   [tags: Christian morality gone wrong]

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The Salem Witch Trials By Arthur Miller

- ... The high officials claim that she has been accused of witchcraft. She denies this and they ask to look around her house. She agrees to let them in and they look around the house. While looking they saw one questionable item that her niece had left on accidentally. A doll with a needle stabbed into it. They ask her about the item and she says that her niece left the doll behind and stuck the needle inside of safe keeping. They continue to be questioned her asking her if she sold her soul to the devil....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials And The Mccarthy Trials

- ... Joseph McCarthy was the headlining name in the McCarthy Hearings during the Red Scare. He was a Senator from Wisconsin who organized a campaign to search for and dig out any communists that were living in the US. McCarthy didn 't use fair and just techniques to find the alleged communists but rather used stereotypes, overgeneralization, and name calling to root them out (Westlund). When someone was accused of being a communist, they were asked to confess and say the names of other people they knew who were communists, so it essentially turned into a blame game which was very similar to the way it was in the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Salem Witch Trials And The Crucible

- Beginning in the spring of 1692, the infamous Salem Witch Trials started after young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil. These trials resulted in more than 200 people being accused of witchcraft, with twenty being killed. The accusations of local women of witchcraft caused hysteria to spread throughout the town. Still to this day the cause or reason for the madness is perplexing. 1692 was not the first year New England had experience with witch trials; the colonial town, Salem, was the first town where more than one or two people were punished as alleged witches....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- In the sixteenth century, witchcraft accusations were more prevalent and somewhat common than they are in modern society. One of the most popular witch hunts of American History of the sixteenth century, that has received popularity amongst modern culture and scholars, was the Salem witch hunts otherwise known as the Salem witch trials of 1692. But, Salem was not the only town in New England that had witch trials in 1692. Richard Godbeer’s book, “Escaping Salem, The Other Witch Hunt of 1692,” is one of the very few books that talks about the other witch trials that took place in New England....   [tags: Witchcraft, Salem witch trials, Witch-hunt, Magic]

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Salem Village, Massachusetts Is The Home Of A Puritan Community With A Strict Moral Code

- ... The puritans, they’re going to lose control of their society and the strict religious tenancy that brought them there. That kind of fear allows for a Witch Trial to take hold and for hysteria to take over. During the trial, Good and Osborn denied any guilt on their behalf, but Tituba confessed. It is very probable that she was seeking to save herself from conviction by acting as an informer; she claimed there were other witches acting alongside her in service of the devil against the Puritans, resulting in mass hysteria spread throughout the community....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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The Mass Hysteria Of Salem Witch Trials

- ... The last person was a poor elderly woman, Sarah Osborn The three women were brought before Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne who were judges of the court for questioning. The young girls who accused the women were present in the courtroom displaying spasms, contortions, screaming, harsh movements, and animal noises (Aronson). The reason behind the girls behaving like that was to show the courtroom and the judges what the effects were for being bewitched. Osborn and Good denied that they were witches....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Mccarthyism, And The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy gave a speech at the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling in West Virginia, in which he claimed to have a list of 205 Communists in the State Department. A man by the name of Arthur Miller saw some similarities between this event, known as McCarthyism, and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Arthur Miller was able to subtly protest the rise of McCarthyism through his literary works, especially in his play The Crucible, because he understood the universal experience of not being able to believe that the people have gone insane....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Salem Witch Trials And All Of Them From The Church And The Direct View Of The Bible

- There are many causes to the salem witch trials and all of them stem from the church and the direct view of the bible. The way that puritan society functioned repressed human nature and caused normally good people to lash out at others because of their own sin. They also gained both societal status and monetary value from accusing others. The literal view of the bible led to a very skewed version of the court. Along with this the fact that the puritans were very isolated from the rest of society made for huge amounts of paranoia....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan, Salem]

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Hiding Salem : The Other Witch Hunt Of 1692

- ... Unlike Salem however, the Hartford witch hunt would not lead to same outcome that happened in Salem. Godbeer starts his narrative in April of 1692. Kathrine Branch, a poor and orphaned servant, is struck with a sudden and serious illness. Her masters, Daniel and Abigail Wescot - a prominent family in Stamford, became concerned with the symptoms and behaviors that Kathrine Branch was displaying. The Wescots consulted with a midwife by the name of Sarah Bates. Goody Bates was the closest thing Stamford had to a physician, even though she lacked formal medical training....   [tags: Witchcraft, Salem witch trials, Witch-hunt]

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First-hand Accounts of Sarah Good's Salem Witchcraft Trial

- The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts can be considered a horrendous period in American history, yet is also viewed as the turning point in what was considered acceptable in a contemporary society. In a documentation of a trial against a woman named Sarah Good, the reader is able to see the way in which such an accusation was treated and how society as a whole reacted to such a claim. Sarah Good fell victim to the witchcraft hysteria because she was different, and that fear of her divergence from the Puritan lifestyle led to her eventual demise....   [tags: American History]

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Hiding Salem : The Other Witch Hunt Of 1692

- ... Shortly after receiving his Ph.D., his first book was published, The Devil’s Dominion, which was a book about magic and religion in early New England. Since then, Godbeer has written three other books, with similar topics, including Escaping Salem. Currently, Godbeer is a professor at the University of Miami, with specialties in Early America, Witchcraft and Religious Culture. I believe one of Godbeer’s main purposes in writing Escaping Salem, other than telling an interesting story, was to show that not all witch trials were handled like the witch trials in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch trials]

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Case of Rebecca Nurse: Witch Trials

- In the small town of Salem, there came an uproar of people being witches and the practice of witchcraft among the people in the town. The town’s eyes were looking at Abigail Williams, Betty Paris, along with the other young girls that were dancing in the forest, making a love potion. To get the towns eyes off of them, they started pointing the finger at many others in the town who they didn’t like. The ‘afflicted’ girls blamed these people for possessing their bodies, forcing these girls to do the devilish acts that they were caught doing....   [tags: salem, witchcraft, witch trials]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During the late 1600s when the Puritan church was at its climax in New England there was an episode that occurred which would cause controversy up until the 21st century. This event would take place due to the odd behaviors of several adolescent girls that claimed three women were tormenting them. These women would be known by the name of: Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne. As soon as the girl confessed these names of “Satan’s servants” the authorities immediately apprehended them. They were then taken and trialed by a jury that would determine their culpability which would sentence them to be hanged....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Religion]

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The Salem Witch Hunt : A Study On The Roots Of Folk Magic Of Having Protecting And Destroying Affairs

- ... The first sign of trouble in Salem would begin in Reverend Parris’s home in January 1692. His daughter, Betty nine years old and niece Abigail Williams suddenly started having what appeared to be pinched and bite marks from unknown sources. They would also become twisted and contorted in unnatural positions to the neck, back, and arms. Unable to eat, sleep, or speak at times a Doctor, was brought in to examine the girls and was unable to discern a disease, clamming it to be witchcraft. Once the children are able to speak, Parris asked who has done this to them....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials : A Dark Time Period For American History

- ... To Parris the world was in ‘grand spiritual battle’ against the damned and the elect (Latner 98, 2006). He warned the village that the devil would work on destroying the church (Ray 70). In fact Benjamin C. Ray in Satan’s War Against the Covenant in Salem Village, 1692 in “The New England Quarterly” writes, “the first to be afflicted were two members of Parris’s own house-hold, his impressionable ten-year-old daughter, Betty, and his eleven-year-old niece, Abigail” (70). They experienced uncontrollable convulsion’s that was believed to be a demonic attack....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]

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Escaping Salem, The Other Witch Hunt Of 1692

- ... They’re pinching me on my neck!” (GodBeer, 28) With many more attacks, and neighbors witnessing it firsthand the question of who was tormenting her became the issue. Daniel and Abigail’s home became the spectacle of the town, and many gathered to help them to see the attacks on their own. Although Kate’s attacks were hard to look at many not only heard her cry out Good Clawson’s name but also Good Miller, and described a women of the name of Mercy Holbridge. (GodBeer, 39) After naming these three women who they believed had been the cause for Kate’s attacks Daniel Wescot was ready to take action, and appeared with her at the preliminary court....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]

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The Salem Witch Trials : Everlasting Accusations Towards Women During The 1950s

- ... All of Sarah’s pleads or confessions of truth did nothing because the girls “screamed, writhed, twisted their limbs beyond what seems possible.” As long as the girls stayed of the afflicted there was nothing Sarah Good could do to try and gain her innocence. The people of the Salem village were so terrified of the unseen magic that nothing could change their mind about killing her. The fear that they could not control the events that they were witnessing. Witnessing Good stand before the girls in defiance watching them twist in pain clarified for the people of the village that it “must have seemed Satan himself.” The people would not take a chance at letting Satan gain more followers...   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Witch-hunt]

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Witchcraft and Piritan Salem

- In New England Puritan ideas of gender dictated acts of gender for women in terms of behavior, demeanor, and speech at home and church, in public and private. Gender roles were clearly defined and categorized women as the weaker, vulnerable sex; physically, emotionally, spiritually and morally, subordinate to men in every instance and venue. Men were the heads of the household and of the church. They ruled what were deemed the important aspects of life. Women's role in society was that of domestic; they owned no property, made no significant wage and were entirely dependent on men for their subsistence....   [tags: American History]

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Escaping Salem : The Other Witch Hunt Of 1692 By Richard Godbeer

- Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 by Richard Godbeer. This book was published in 2005 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Richard Godbeer examines the witch trials in the seventeenth century. When a young girl Katherine Branch of Stamford, Connecticut is stricken with unexplainable convulsions, her master and mistress begin to think it is caused by something supernatural. Godbeer follows the incident without any bias and looks into how the accusations and trials are handled by the townspeople and the people in charge of handling the trails....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]

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The Court Of 1692, By Betty Parris And Abigail Williams

- At the Court of Oyer in the summer of 1692, Reverend Parris brought charges of witchcraft against Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and a native American slave woman named Tituba. During the proceedings, I was astonished at the stories of encounters with the Devil and other sexually prohibitive testimonies by Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. However, it was the testimony of Ann Putnam that defined the alleged abuse against these children that Tituba was accused, which defined the physical evidence of witch craft that taunted these children: The deposition of Ann Putnam who testifieth and saith that on the 25 'th of february 1691/92 I saw the Apperishtion of Tituba Mr....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is about the Salem witch trials and how people react to hysteria created from the fear of witches. In the play, after hysteria breaks out, the Salem government starts persecute and hang people it believes are witches. This prompts people to start to accusing people of witchcraft. Some people who accuse others of committing witchcraft are Abigail Williams and Thomas Putnam. They do not accuse people of witchcraft to stop witchcraft, but for personal gain or to hurt others....   [tags: salem, hysteria, witchcraft]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials Throughout history millions of people have been scorned, accused, arrested, tortured, put to trial and, persecuted as witches. One would think that by the time the United States was colonized, these injustices on humanity would have come to an end, but that was not so. In 1692 a major tragedy occurred in America, the Salem witch trials. It all began when a group of girls accused others, generally older women, of consorting with the devil. The witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts resulted from the strict Puritan code which aroused the girls interest in superstition and magic and caused strange behavior....   [tags: Witchcraft Salem Witch Trials History Essays]

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Accuse And Determining Witches

- Running Head: ACCUSING AND DETERMINING WITCHES Accusing and Determining Witches Cheyann Odle Kankakee Valley High School Accusing and Determining Witches and After Cheyann Odle Kankakee Valley High School Introduction The Witch Trials left an imprint on the minds of those involved. The trials caused mass hysteria that some people used to settle their arguments or frustrations that had been going on for years. Those who were accused either had to face terrible, unfair trials or confessed in hopes of avoiding pain....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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How Demonology Is The Study Of Demons And The Belief

- Demonology is the study of demons and the belief in demons. It is related to the theory of the supernatural. The original sense of "demon", has been around since the time of Homer and was meant to mean a benevolent being. But now the word holds a connection of malevolence. Demonology began during the time of the Witch Trials. In law today demonology is also but in with the insanity defense. There are two different types of demonology Christian and Roman Catholic. Christian demonology is the study of what the bible teaches us about the devil and demons, what they are and how the attack us....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]

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The Tragedy Of Genghis Khan 's Killing Spree, The Holocaust

- ... During this time in Salem and its witch trials, one of the main catalysts of these events were people 's need for power. Many people would use the guise of the trials and accusations for their own personal gain. A common comparison is to the time of Mccarthyism during the Red Scare leading up to and during the Cold War. People would tell what they thought was nothing more that a white lie in order to get someone fired from their job by claiming he or she were a communist conspirator. This was evident during the troubled times in Salem because if anyone were to want the land of another, and they would need to do was slip a note under the High Priest 's door with the accusation....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]

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Comparing the Salem Witch Trials, European Witchcraft Craze and the McCarthy Hearings

- Comparing the Salem Witch Trials, European Witchcraft Craze and the McCarthy Hearings The evidence of witchcraft and related works has been around for many centuries. Gradually, though, a mixture a religious, economical, and political reasons instigated different periods of fear and uncertainty among society. Witchcraft was thought of as a connection to the devil that made the victim do evil and strange deeds. (Sutter par. 1) In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and twentieth century, the hysteria over certain causes resulted in prosecution in the Salem Witch Trials, European Witchcraft Craze, and the McCarthy hearings....   [tags: American History]

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The True Tragic Hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor

- The true tragic hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor A tragic hero is a noble man who commits a fatal flaw. The hero’s downfall is a result of their choices which leads to a punishment that exceeds the crime. “The difference between Proctor and Willy Loman is enormous; the former is the rather typical tragic hero who is defiant to the end, the latter is trapped in submission and is living a lie” (McGill 4). John Proctor is one of the main characters in The Crucible. he is married to Elizabeth Proctor and they live in Salem....   [tags: salem, hero's downfall, witchcraft]

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Witches And A Hen 's Egg

- Witches and a Hen’s Egg Mass hysteria; a common term used to describe a situation in which various people suffer from an overwhelming madness (Mass Hysteria). To help further explain mass hysteria, The Crucible, Written by Arthur Miller is based off of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials was an event that took place in a small village called Salem in Massachusetts. A group of girls was caught dancing in the woods around a fire and were accused of being witches. In order to save themselves, they began accusing innocent people throughout the town of being witches and a mass hysteria broke out (Miller)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By John Hale

- ... This statement reveals some of Reverend Hale’s ego. He believes that the written word, whether it is in books, or written as the law, has an authoritative voice in society. He is very prideful of the fact that he is the one that bears this knowledge. It is what gives Reverend Hale his authority and respect. Without his books, Reverend Hale would be no better than the others, just a man with an opinion. “Now let me instruct you. We cannot look to superstition in this. The Devil is precise . ....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- Choose three of the characters in the crucible and show how Miller presents the motivations for their actions. Think about: Reputation- is this a motivating factor for any of the characters Power – Which characters are motivated by power Witchcraft – how are the accusations used. Who benefits. How. The individual and the society – how might the particular community situation in Salem be a motivating factor for some characters. 800 – 1250 words In the crucible characters are motivated by various themes such as, reputation, power, witchcraft and society....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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Witches And Its Effects On Society

- ... During the fourteenth century, people in that time were always fearful of how they would die or what would happen to them next. Whether it be death by starvation, death by exposure, or death by savages the people were fearful especially of outsiders. This fear is what allowed for the accusations of people to begin. In January of 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, two young girls started the epidemic. Elizabeth Parris, 9 years old, and Abigail Williams, 11 years old started having fits, this included having violent contortions and outbursts of uncontrollable screaming....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]

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The Laws And Common Law

- ... That certainly fueled the fire, though. The day in question involved an afternoon of cider drinking. Several of the witnesses in the testimonies recounted Mrs. Watkins sexual advances to multiple of Thomas Cocke 's slaves, particularly, a mulatto named Jack. John Aust pleaded that Katherine, at one point, had lifted the shirt of one slave and announced “Dirke thou wilt have a good long thing” (Sex and Relations, 53). She allegedly had thrown another on the bed, kissed him, and, “put her hand into his codpiece” (Sex and Relations, 53)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Crime, Salem]

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The Crucible, Mccarthyism And The Red Scare

- ... […] Peace. It is providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now” (Miller 76). Proctor further promotes his altruism when he displays great courage in debating with the judges of the court. Judge Danforth tries to provoke Proctor to back down from his case, “You say your only purpose is to save your wife. Good, then, she is saved at least this year, and a year is long. What say you, sir. It is done. Will you drop this charge?” However Proctor does not easily back down, “I—I think I cannot” (Miller 85), illustrating how he would selflessly risk his life for others....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... God will not let you wash your hands of this!” (Miller 82). This allusion voices Hales blame for the accusations and executions of many people in Salem. My scene entitled “Innocence Liberated” continues after Act IV of The Crucible. Months after John Proctors death, the Government realizes their mistake in condemning innocent people in Salem of witchcraft. Danforth, Hale, and Herrick meet Elizabeth at her cell to release her. I attempt to replicate Miller’s style by formatting my introduction the same he formats his....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miler

- ... Rev. Hale takes pride in the public calling of his knowledge “[feeling] allied with the best minds of Europe…” (p.36). Hale views himself as a man of high authority. Rev. Parris’s acknowledgement of Hale’s authority boosts his esteem, creating a feeling of obligation to the people of Salem. The desire for Rev. Hale’s knowledge regarding witchcraft provokes the idea that he is the only one who can actually free the people of Salem of its religious troubles. Mr. Parris’s imperative action of “finally [calling] upon” (p.36)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... He makes Mary Warren sign a deposition and informs the court of their true motives of accusing others. On the other hand, Reverend Hale realizes the truth of the accusations only over time. Initially, he believes the girls and their claims of witchcraft against others. However, after hearing all the illogical proceedings and accusations of the court, he comes to realize that there are no witches in Salem, simply corruption. By Act Three, he increasingly believes that the girls are lying. While Mary Warren gives her testimony to prove that Abby and the girls are lying, Mary is often interrupted and condoned by the judges....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... They were afraid of anything strange or unexplainable, so they made an answer for themselves. Unfortunately, it was an answer that generated further discord. Fear spread like a virus, being passed on from one person to another until the whole town was infected. This fear of the unknown created a breeding ground for the emotions to follow, and initiated the heinous events of the trials. Greed motivated the villagers to start accusing their neighbors of practising witchcraft. Land-lust had been the source of many lawsuits and much bitter rivalry, and having your neighbor imprisoned was a lawful, albeit immoral, way of obtaining their land....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Miller touched on the subject of racism and related it the present time by his characterization of the woman, Tituba. Historically, Tituba was a native woman; however, in the story she was portrayed as a black woman. Tituba was a servant of Reverend Parris and one of the first to be accused of witchcraft. She was an easy target because she was a minority and did not have a lot. Her different culture made her stick out which caused people to surmise that she was witch. Abigail whined, "I could hear her singing her Barbados songs and tempting me..." Tituba 's language was different, which made it seem evil to the sheltered community....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is an allegory written about the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts during 1692 and 1693. The play includes a number of characters, both those who fully conform to the trials and their consequences, and those who do not conform and decide to fight it. Naturally, all stories have characters that are doubtful of which side to pick. They play along with it, not wanting to take a stand, but in their minds they are not entirely sure whether or not what they’re doing is correct....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Nicholas Hytner

- ... These ideas were in stark contradiction to the single-minded Puritans of Massachusetts, and one can easily see how this may have brought chaos to Salam. Those who were accused of witchcraft were often times these refugees, and they were seen been working against the town. The strains outlined above were furthered by the induction of Reverend Samuel Parris. Parris was Salem 's first ordained minister, and he used firm leadership to make monetary gains. This was depicted in the film The Crucible when John Proctor is asked why he doesn 't attend church often....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Fear swallows the logic of the people of Salem. A common example of hysteria due to manipulation in modern society is the fear we possess in relation to terrorists – irrationally accusing all Muslims’ or anyone from an Islamic ethnicity as being terrorists, because of the way media portrays them to us. Jealousy leading to revenge is another theme dominant in the play. Many townspeople thought the witch trials was a good opportunity to let out any old grudges as anyone could be blamed without strong evidence....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By William Shakespeare

- ... In the process, Abigail is the one solely responsible for the tragedy in Salem. During the time Abigail was the Proctor 's family servant, she had an affair with John Proctor. She was dismissed once the affair was found out. Once she was fired, she was adamant that she was to spend the rest of her life with John Proctor, though John only had the affair because it was a point of weakness, as he was having marital problems (quote). Abigail took advantage of the fact that Elizabeth is frigid, and thought that she would be able to be a better wife to him....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... The scene that took place that day was the start of the downfall of Salem. The power of accusation makes the people of Salem hysterical and wanting more power, some just accusing for a gain on their own wealth. Putnam is one of these people, but he is found out by Giles Corey. "Thomas Putnam is just reaching out for land," (Miller 84). In other words, Giles has found out what exactly Putnam has planned. Being the wealthiest in a Puritan community makes you almost completely exempt from being accused, which could lead to horrid things for the accuser....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... When Elizabeth Proctor urges John to reveal Abigail’s motives to the court, he replies several times, “I will think on it” (Miller, The Crucible 53). With Abigail’s persistence to accuse Elizabeth and to take her place as Proctor’s wife, Proctor could only stop the trials by confessing his adultery and publicly revealing Abigail’s ulterior motives behind her accusations. However, Proctor’s fear of tarnishing his reputation withheld his confession, and his silence gave time for many respectable people to be accused within the courts....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Great Gatsby '

- ... He also put any ideas that could be in anyway potentially harmful to his reputation out of his mind and others by quickly changing the subject and enforcing his power on others to stop in their tracks. He cares more about himself that any other person, even his daughter, Betty. When Suzanna Walcott gives him a message from the doctor about Parris’ Daughters illness, Parris is quick to turn the information away, giving up potentially his daughter’s life for his self-image. 3. Abigail’s character is portrayed a couple different ways depending on the atmosphere she is in, the people she is with, and what others are saying to her....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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