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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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  • Young Goodman Brown - 675 words
    Young Goodman Brown versus the Community All people have problems with the community in which they live. Their conflicts are either with the people or the ideas of the community. In the story Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows his main character having conflicts with his society. Young Goodman Brown, the main character, does not notice these problems until after his trip into the forest. The two questions that Hawthorne implies are why his character cannot adapt to the community and what conditions does the character not agree. Before Browns visit into the woods, he has no problem with his community; however, he becomes aware of the problems of his community after the encounter i ...
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  • Young Goodman Brown - 399 words
    In the short story Young Goodman Brown written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the settings play a major role in the story. The significance of the setting start right off in the Village of Salem and lead us into the journey of the woods, where are character Goodman Brown has an experience that will change his life forever. There are many factors that makes this story a good one. The settings are one of those factors. Often writers have to go through elaborate detail of the surroundings in order to get the readers to envision the setting. Mr. Hawthorne is able to create this vision with use of words from the opening line; Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street of Salem Village. Whe ...
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  • None Provided - 1,677 words
    ... of the facts the idea that Edward Bancroft spent time in Surinam and was extremely familiar with native cultures including color dyes, traditions, and poisons one can not help but to consider the insurance games that he and Deane were playing. The money they were making with inside information from both countries and his plans for the color dye in England, Deans death was just too timely and coincidental. It appears that Deane and Bancroft were friends with a great dose of access to government knowledge. They both made money with that knowledge. Deane was caught first and removed. Bancroft continued to financially excel even to a point of using dyes in England. Bancroft and Deane had a ...
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  • Book Rev Of Salem Possessed - 625 words
    Boyer, Paul, and Stephen Nissenbaum. Salem Possessed. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1974. When one hears the word Salem, many unpleasant images are conjured in that persons mind. One may think of the misplaced fervor of the Puritans, one may call to mind the lack of justice in the trials, or one may even be appalled by the tragic deaths of nineteen individuals and the imprisonment of hundreds of others. However, instead of focusing on just the unpleasant images of the witch trials, Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum focus on the events leading up to them. The formation of the township in 1672, the decrease in the average landholdings, and the transition to a mercantile s ...
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  • An Old Proverb - 795 words
    An old proverb once said tis not the path to hell, but hell itself that is paved with good intentions. Indeed, good intentions were what lead the people of Salem Village to act as irrational as they did when they falsely accused innocent God-fearing people of witchcraft. It was good intentions that turned they good-hearted holy people of Salem to cold-blooded murders. Good intentions were also what lead to the downfall and eventually the execution of John Proctor in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. John Proctor was a simple farmer in the beginning of the play. He had not always been the perfect husband or father, but at this point in time he was trying to amend. The plot of the play ...
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  • Ming Tombs - 523 words
    A "hideous screech and noise" poured from the open windows of the meetinghouse. Inside, the young accusers who said they had been bewitched by their neighbors twisted their bodies and cried in pain. Frail and weak, Rebecca Nurse, the most unlikely to be in league with the devil, stood to be questioned. From the moment on that cold January day when the specter of a coffin appeared during a childish game, Salem Village convulsed with fear, finger pointing and suspicion, and the normal hierarchy of Puritan life was turned upside down. In an age when children were seen and not heard, the "afflicted girls" behaved outrageously "by getting into holes, and creeping under chairs and stools," their b ...
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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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  • Why I Work At Mcdonlads - 555 words
    It was good to hear from you again. I am glad that all is going well in England, but as you know, this area and much of New England has been plagued by witch hunts and trials during the past few years. In your previous letter, you asked how such an atrocity could occur, allowing many innocent women, children, and dogs to be accused and later hung at the gallows or pressed to death. Now, although many have speculated that this persecution was created and planted into our society by Samuel Parris, the minister at the local church, I have other ideas from which I believe the harassment may have come. In my opinion, the Salem witch trials were caused by an age related rebellion between young peo ...
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  • Brwon And Good - 712 words
    Goodman Brown, from "Young Goodman Brown" and Hooper, from "The Minister's Black Veil" are two characters that suffer from a pride of intellect. Their pride causes them similar problems and they end up living similar lives, although they came from different backgrounds. Hooper and Goodman Brown both become isolated from society. Hooper had a revelation, and he feels that he truly understands human nature and sin. However, he believes that he is above everybody else because he has this understanding. This is what causes the major separation between Hooper and society. After Hooper dawns the veil he can no longer function or act as a normal person, because of this feeling of superiority. His p ...
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  • The Crucible - 719 words
    Throughout the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, consisted of various characters that demonstrated positive and negative pride, a major theme in this playwright. Positive pride is a value of oneself that expresses worthy self-esteem, and negative pride or excessive pride exists when an individual consists of stubbornness and selfishness. The Crucible was written to invite individuals to enter what it means to be human in a sinful world. It raises questions about truth, evil and the power of dishonesty. (Nelson 2) John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor and Giles Corey expressed positive pride, and Abigail Williams was a prime example of negative pride as a personality flaw. John Proctor, ...
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  • Salem - 1,708 words
    Megan Crawford Pd. 9 Honors English May 16, 2000 The Salem Witch Trials From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were taken to Gallows Hill for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft. Dozens wasted away in jail for months without trials. Then, almost as soon as it had started, the craze that had swept Puritan Massachusetts ended. In 1688, John Putnam, one of the most influential elders of Salem Village, invited Samuel Parris to preach in the Village church. A year later Parris accept ...
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  • Salem/european Witch Trials Compared To The Mccarthy Hearings - 1,668 words
    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. These three events all used uncertain and unjustly accusations to attack the accused. The Salem witch trials in Massachusetts Colony lasted from 1692 to early 1693. ...
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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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  • Arthur Miller And His Distorted Historical Accuracies - 1,916 words
    In 1953, Arthur Miller wrote his famous play The Crucible, in response to a fear of Communism that had developed in the United States during that decade. The Red Scare, as it was later called by historians was led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose paranoia of a communist takeover spread through the nation like a wildfire. Men and women alike fell victim to McCarthys pointed finger and as a result of this hysteria, were mostly deported from the country, their careers and lives ruined. Some argue today that McCarthys plan had been to use the fear of the American people to throw his enemies out of office and gain power himself. Whatever McCarthys motives may have been, Arthur Miller realized th ...
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  • The Salem Witch Trials - A Research Paper - 1,861 words
    Why do you hurt these children? I do not hurt them. I scorn it. Have you made no contract with the devil? No! Mr. John Hathorn, a Judge involved in the witchcraft case of Sarah Good, then asked all of the afflicted children to look upon her and see if this was the person that had hurt them so. They all gazed at Goody Good and said that this was the person that tormented thempresently they were all tormented. Puritanical beliefs had all of Salem truly believing that witches rode on broomsticks across the sky every night alongside the devil himself. They believed that these mere humans could send their specter out and haunt the children of their town. Proof of their belief follows, in an excer ...
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  • Causes Of The Salem Witch Craft Trials - 1,121 words
    ter> Witchcraft, Insanity, and the Ten Signs of Decay Since there never was a spurned lover stirring things up in Salem Village, and there is no evidence from the time that Tituba practiced Caribbean black magic, yet these trials and executions actually still took place, how can you explain why they occurred? The Salem Witchcraft Trials began not as an act of revenge against an ex-lover, as they did in The Crucible, but as series of seemingly unlinked, complex events, which a paranoid and scared group of people incorrectly linked. And while there were countless other witchcraft trials, Salems trials remain the best-known. In Salem, fears of witchcraft perpetuated by popular writings were pe ...
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  • Causes Of The Salem Witch Craft Trials - 1,113 words
    ... Hanson was certain that the girls were not possessed, but clinically insane (x). And that, he explained, may have been the result of witchcraft which, contrary to popular belief, is psychogenic, rather than occult. That means that the girls may have experienced their hysterical symptoms as a result of their fear. Regardless, the girls were insane, Hanson contended, long before any clergyman got to them. Another possible explanation for the girls insanity was ergot poisoning, a common problem during the time period. Ergot is extremely toxic to humans and animals. For cattle, 0.5% by weight of ergot in the diet causes [significantly] reduced feed consumption and weight loss (Evans 5). Erg ...
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  • The Crucible - 3 Character Essay - 1,143 words
    In Arthur Millers famous play, The Crucible, he tells the story of the notorious Salem witch trials. During this mayhem and tragic turmoil, the people of this small Salem village are faced with false accusations, lies, and sins conducted either for the survival of their own lives or harm others. In a crisis such as this were all the evidence is invisible and the only witness to testify is the victim, all that the people are left with is their own principles, morals and faith. Unfortunately some are forced to depart from their strongest beliefs and others completely lose their sense of right or wrong with the strong psycho systematic energy that created this entire catastrophe. Three characte ...
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  • How Does Miller Create Dramatic Tension In Each Of The Four Acts Of The Crucible? - 1,509 words
    ... PROCTOR '...Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.' HALE You have said that twice, sir' PROCTOR (lost): ye. (he if flailing for it.) ELIZABETH (delicately); Adultery, John. The stage directions show the difficulty this couple have had in discussing this topic. It seems fortunate for Proctor that he does not recall this last commandment on his own. This could suggest that he is willing to put his affair behind him. When Elizabeth intervenes see merely delicately lets him know what he is flailing for as if to suggest that she has difficulty in saying the word. Very recent stage directions in this particular scene show that Elizabeth is without hesitation, even eager to recite the ...
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