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  • Salem Witch Trials - 1,393 words
    Many of the American colonists brought with them from Europe a belief in witches and the devil. During the seventeenth century, people were executed for being witches and follower of Satan. Most of these executions were performed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Mostly all of the accused were women, which makes some modern historians believe that the charges of witchcraft were a way of controlling the women who threatened the power of the men. During the witchcraft trials, hundreds of arrests were made, and some were even put to death on Gallows Hill (Karlsen 145). In 1698, the villagers of Salem won the right to establish their own Church. They chose the Reverend Samuel Parris as their mini ...
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  • Arthur Millerbio - 1,634 words
    With The Death of a Salesman during the winter of 1949 on Broadway, Arthur Miller began to live as a playwright who has since been called one of this century's three great American dramatists by the people of America. The dramatist was born in Manhattan in October 17, 1915, to Isadore and Agusta Miller, a conventional, well to do Jewish couple. Young Arthur Miller was an intense athlete and a weak scholar. Throughout his youth he was molded into one of the most creative playwrights America has ever seen, without these priceless childhood experiences there would have never have been the basis and foundation for his great works. During his bright career as playwright he demonstrated extreme ta ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1,004 words
    The 19th century had many great achievements happen within its 100-year time period. From the building of the Erie Canal, to the steel plow being invented. From the invention of the telegraph, to Thomas Edison creating the first light bulb. While all of these inventions have stood the test of time, one has lasted just as long; the inspiring tales a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804. His name by birth was Nathaniel Hawthorne. He added the w to his name when he began to sign his stories. (Nathaniel Hawthorne American Writers II) One of Hawthornes ancestors was actually a judge in the Salem witch trials. The guilt and shame Hawth ...
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  • Mccarthyism In The Crucible - 1,849 words
    In The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail. There is more to the play than the witch trials, though. The Crucible was composed during a time when a similar hysteria was sweeping through America. A virtually unkown senator by the name of Joseph McCarthy was propelled into infamy when while at a speaking engagement at thee Republican Womens Club of Wheeling, West Virginia he charged 205 persons in the U.S. State Department of being members of the Communist Party (Martine 8). Fear caused the American people to succumb to the preposterous charges brought forth by McCarthy displaying resemblances to that of the Salem community in 1 ...
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  • The Crucible A Tale Of Two Trials - 1,195 words
    A political cartoon shows a massive stone wall surrounding tall office buildings which bear labels of "Department of Energy," "Defense Department," "National Security Agency," "CIA," and "FBI." Outside the wall, which is tagged "Government Secrecy," a couple huddles in a roofless hut called "Personal Non-Privacy." At the top of the cartoon is printed "Somehow I feel this is not the way the founders planned it." Indeed, America's founding fathers most likely did not plan for the United States to be governed in such a manner that the people of its democracy would feel debunked. How, then, did the United States since its founding in 1776 come to this feeling of exposure? Such an expansive quest ...
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  • The Revealing Of Evil And Loss Of Faithl Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown - 952 words
    ... cuses on the lachrymalimagery in Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown". "Literary critics have interpreted the significance of Goodman Brown's experience in many fashions--allegorical, moral, philosophical, and psychological. However there is an intriguing absence of any reference to the last line of the Sabbath scene to explain Hawthorne's characterization of the young Puritan, despite the fact that Hawthorne signals the importance of the cold drops of dew in a periodic sentence. In essence, Hawthorne here carefully delineates the image of a young man who has faced and failed a critical test of moral and spiritual maturity" (Easterley). "Young Goodman Brown is reproached by his creator beca ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne - 680 words
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, created many short stories which involved strange, or even stranger, supernatural events and behavior. Many of Hawthorne's stories were written on the basis of his life occurrences and what he believed and also what he wanted his readers to believe. Also, almost every single one of Hawthorne's characters in each of his short stories are faced with a choice in which they most choose between either doing something in which that is right, or doing something of which that is wrong, and there are consequences that follow either decision. Nathaniel Hawthorne, in his romantic short story "The Hollow of the Three Hills" illustrates his view through the main character, that life ...
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  • Scarlet Letterscaffold - 1,668 words
    I am as content to die for Gods eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way (Bookshelf), John Brown, a U.S. abolitionist in 1859, said in a letter to his children on the eve of his execution. The scaffold is a raised wooden framework or platform used for public speaking. It is similar to a stage or a framework. A scaffold is also a platform used in the execution of condemned prisoners, as by hanging or beheading. A scaffold can also be a raised platform, seat or stand used for the purpose of exhibiting persons or actions to the public view (Webster's). A scaffold, similar to a stage, platform or framework, can be permanent. Other types of permanent scaffolds are used in bridges. The ba ...
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  • Major Theme Of The Crucible - 1,253 words
    According to the Websters Dictionary, a crucible is a vessel in which metal is heated to a high temperature and melted for the purposes of casting. It can also be referred to a situation in which a person has to make a decision that can be critical to his morals and principles. There are many interpretations of the word crucible as there is for the theme of Arthur Millers, The Crucible. Closely related to the word crucifixion, The Crucible is about a man put in a crucible situation, who is forced to choose between life and morality, just as Jesus Christ did. Miller interweaved these scenarios to form the main themes of the play the problem of making the right moral choice and the necessity ...
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  • The Crucible - 1,025 words
    The play The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, was about the Salem witchcraft trials that killed many Puritans in Massachusetts. In this play, Miller shows the reader that the Puritans, as a whole were not as godly as they were portrayed. Miller also shows how mass hysteria can be sparked by almost anything. The play takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Reverend Parriss daughter, Betty, falls sick and for some reason the townspeople suspect witchery. Taking advantage of this situation, a group of unrespected girls that are greedy and envious of other peoples property and belongings start to accuse people of witchcraft. The court believes them and after all is said and done, twenty ...
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  • My Life In The South By Jacob Stroyer - 992 words
    The Life of Jacob Stroyer Slave narratives are the personal accounts by black slaves as well as exslaves about their experiences of slavery and the struggles to obtain freedom. The slave narratives offer chronological incidents into an individual's experiences and they provide the audience with an understanding into the writer's mind and the structure of the slave society. Exslaves, like Frederick Douglass, wrote narratives to try to persuade his readers about the injustices and immorals of slavery and also attempted to eventually abolish the institution of slavery. Other slaves wrote narratives to earn money to buy relatives out of slavery, to support themselves in their old age, and to fin ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials - 1,668 words
    Historical Overview and Brief Analysis Amidst millenniums of debate, argument, and conflict concerning racial prejudges and those issues which surround their implementation, there has consistently existed a certain historical prejudice regarding various stereotypical ideas for those things which people can not understand or explain logically. While more contemporary examples of such circumstances include concepts such as McCarthyism, it is generally accepted that the most classic example of all such social tragedies based on fear and ignorance is that of the colonial era's Salem Witch Trials. While Mc Carthyism was illustrated as a widespread fear of communism that led the United States to p ...
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  • The Importance Of Nonconformity The Crucible - 1,455 words
    Thomas Paine once wrote, These are the times that try men's souls. He of course was speaking of the difficulty the colonists faced during the Revolutionary war. However, we see that throughout history there have been numerous times when man has been faced with great dilemmas, the outcomes of which have had an effect on society as a whole. Those who lived in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, were faced with such similar struggles. Some of these battles were outwardly fought and others were the, sometimes more brutal, internal battles, in which the victor had a strong effect on the whole Salem community. The outcomes of the inner conflicts found in the characters of this novel, were based upon wh ...
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  • Witchcraft - 1,595 words
    This paper will provide a general survey of witchcraft, past and present. The paper will also discuss contemporary witches, and how they practice their craft. It will also include the history and myths of werewolves. Most experts agree that witchcraft represents "the old, pre-Christian, tribal religion of Europe" (Starhawk Truth or Dare 7). Although witchcraft is commonly associated with the use of magical spells and other anti-social behaviors, experts also agree that true witchcraft is actually nothing more than "a form of nature worship that has long been popular in alternative circles" (Catala 2). However, it is also acknowledged that there are two basic types of witches. According to th ...
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  • Defending Hester Prynne Then And Now - 688 words
    Defending Hester Prynne Then and Now When deciding between prosecuting or defending the character of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, it would be well to keep in mind the words of Alexander Pope: "To err is human, to forgive divine." The sin of adultery in itself is not the question here, but the degree of punishment for that sin is. As Hawthorne intended his readers to do, this paper chooses to defend Hester Prynne. The Puritanical society of Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century was severe and gloomy. Though these people acknowledged on the surface that all mankind was born in sin, they relied more heavily upon the belief that living righteously earned t ...
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  • Mccarthyism Vs Salem Witch Trials - 1,318 words
    Over three hundred years ago in the town of Salem Massachusetts a problem was laid into our hands. A problem that will haunt our nation for years and years to come. When our nation was faced with a simillar problemit was almost taken the same as it was with the Salem Witch Trials. This problem was called McCarthyism. Many people feel that the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism was just about the same conspiracy, but more than two hundred and fifty years later. One day two girls and an Indian slave were caught dancing in a field, the two girls knew that they would get into trouble because the puritans didnt believe much in having fun. They knew that if they acted "bewitched" then it would sav ...
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  • Settling Of America (1620's -1670's) - 736 words
    Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas for Spain in 1492. The explorers and settlers that settled in Central and South America were mostly Spanish and Portuguese. The English took notice of the Spanish success in the Americas, so they decided to explore the upper part of the Americas, North America, in the late 1500s. Virginia was the first settled in the Chesapeake region in about 1607, and then later settlers went north to places like Massachusetts in the New England region in about 1629. Though both areas were settled by the English, they developed two different societies. While Captain John Smith was in Virginia in 1624, the men on the ship waited for the large ship to leave and th ...
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  • The Crucible - 594 words
    The Crucible deals with witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts which shows utter chaos and hysteria in the town. Many were accused of witchcraft and died because of lies. Elizabeth Proctor was one of many who were accused. She was accused by Abigail Williams, the person whom Elizabeth fired for cheating with her husband, John Proctor. John was a well respected farmer in Salem, who was outraged when Elizabeth was arrested for accusations of using witchcraft. John and Elizabeth were approached by Reverend Hale, a supposed expert with witches, in front of their house, to warn them about Elizabeth being mentioned in court and to ask about their Christian faith. In the town of Salem, everyone knew ...
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  • The Witch Trials Of 1692 - 1,128 words
    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. It was smaller than Salem Town, and about eight miles away. Salem Town was a large port, and was a prosperous fishing community The two towns had the same minister, ...
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  • The Scarlet Letter - Notes - 990 words
    Author's Background: Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4th, 1804. Hawthorne lived poor due to his father's death when he was four, but he was helped by relatives and enrolled in college where he displayed an interest in writing. In college, he met a friend who would prove to be an invaluable help Franklin Pierce, future President of the United States. In 1825 he graduated and lived with his uncle in Salem for 12 years, devoting his time to reading, writing, and scrapping for publication. He spewed out several stories, but few sold for over $35 each. In 1837 Hawthorne took a job in the Custom-House in Boston. He grew bored with this work and the people around him, h ...
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