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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Analysis Of An American Trial: The Salem Witch Trials - 1,333 words
    The Salem Witch Trials all began on January 20, 1692, with nine-year-old Elizabeth Betty Parris and eleven-year-old Abigail Williams, daughter and niece of the village reverend Samuel Parris, beginning to exhibit strange behavior, such as blasphemous screaming, convulsive seizures, trance-like states and mysterious spells. Within a short period of time, several other Salem girls began to illustrate similar behavior; physicians resolved that the girls were under the control of Satan. Reverend Parris conducted prayer services and public fasting in hopes of relieving the evil forces that tormented them. In an effort to expose the enchantress, one man baked a witch cake made with rye bran and th ...
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  • Tituba's Ordeal From The Salem Witch Trials - 303 words
    Titubas confession of guilt in Act I highlights the insecurities of the Puritan religion. While Puritans worship God and mean good, their absolute intolerance contradicts their whole vision of the new world, and similarly presents a totalitarian community incapable of freedom of any kind. The governing of the community may seem democratic, but the decisions are always unanimous. This is because the Puritans act as a mob against single individuals, leaving the innocent as guilty. Enter Tituba, a woman from Barbados, accused of being a witch for doing nothing more than speaking her native language. One dangerous fact of being different in a Puritan community is that your life could be ended by ...
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  • Puritanism, And The Salem Witch Trials - 803 words
    Puritanism refers to the movement of reform, which occurred within the Church of England. It began at the time of the Elizabethan settlement of 1559 and ended at the end of the Rump Parliament with the ascension of Charles II to the British throne in 1660. The American Puritans clearly understood that God's word applies to all of life. Their exemplary lives and faith, contrary to popular myths, are a highpoint of Christian thinking. Puritan legal history specifies some of their loyalties and compromises. Today, scholars continue their dispute over the degree to which the Puritan colonists influenced American law, morality, and culture. In the area of law, this image is supplemented by lurid ...
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  • Mccarthy Vs. Salem Witch Trials - 1,517 words
    Often times it has been stated that history repeats itself, I have found an example of a situation where it did. Lots of people think that the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s are a repeat of history from the Salem witch-hunts of 1692. In both cases, all of the accusations were false, and also fictitious. Also in both cases, the main reason people were blamed was so that ones who were condemning would receive their own personal gain. In both parties, McCarthy and the girls, they accused people to make themselves look better to others and gain respect. They both gained respect from others, which was something they did not have a lot, which is one of the main reasons McCarthy started his Red Sca ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials - 922 words
    There is a hint of winter in the air. Dead leaves cover the ground. The wind whistles through bare tree branches. The moon shines with an unnatural brightness amid dark clouds. Soon it will be Halloween--the annual holiday when sidewalks and streets fill with small (and not so small) goblins, ghosts, and witches. Witches are often figures of fantasy and imagination today. But there was a time in this country's history when witches and their craft were seen as real threats to society. That time was 1692. The place was Salem, Massachusetts. Imagine a cold January night in the Salem home of the Rev. Samuel Parris. On such nights, the minister's 9-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and 11-year-old ni ...
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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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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne The Literary Conscience - 1,490 words
    Nathaniel Hawthornes works established him as one of the most unique authors of the 19th century. With works such as The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne not only entertained his audience, he made them look at their own life and compare it to 17th century Puritan New England. He also brought readers to the realization of how harsh and difficult the period of American History was. Hawthornes unique style of writing and his ability to probe deep into the human conscience made him one of Early Americas most greatly admired authors. The Hawthornes had already left their legacy with the town of Salem leaving Nathaniel Hawthorne a long rich history of ancestry in the town. In 1630, William Hawthorne made ...
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  • Robespierre Maximilien His Reason Behind The Terror - 1,971 words
    Maximilien Robespierre: His Reason Behind the Terror No figure of the French Revolution has aroused so much controversy as that of Maximilien Robespierre. He is known to most people as the symbol of the Reign of Terror, a period where approximately 17,000 people died while enduring horrible prison conditions or were executed due to the mere suspicion of being a traitor. The question of whether or not these actions were rightfully justified is an important one. Robespierre seems to have thought so. I, however, will show that the use of terror by Robespierre during the French Revolution was not just or necessary, and that he was acting in his own best interest rather than the States. First to ...
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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 - 966 words
    The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is a play that takes place in the sixteen nineties during the famous, but tragic, Salem witch trials. The entire community is in pandemonium, yet certain characters are also fighting internal conflicts of their own. Miller uses three characters that manifest this internal battle ever so clearly. For example, Mary Warren, whos whole personality turns upside down: John Proctor, who contemplates between the importance of his family and his own name, and Reverend Hale who battles with himself whether to carry out his job requirements, or do what he knows is right. Mary Warren is a girl who suffers with inner turmoil throughout this play. At the onset of th ...
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  • Fahrenheit - 1,006 words
    In the book, Guy Montag, the main character, begins to question the things around him when he meets a local girl. He quickly feels comfortable with her and they begin to have discussions about mundane things that seem to open up Montags eyes. Then one day, the girl is gone. In a short few weeks, he had become dependant on the girls company. Once she is gone, he finds himself changed by having known her. When he goes to work on one of the following days, there is a fire alarm. He and the other fireman rush to answer the call, and discover an old woman in a house with books and magazines in her attic. They quickly gather the illegal materials together, and douse them in kerosene. They are tryi ...
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  • Fear In Different Genres - 2,967 words
    ... oes in. There is a scream as the tiger devours Kenny and Charles cringes outside the bathroom. Soon after that incident Miss Bird comes by to see what happened to the two boys, and she goes right into the bathroom and is devoured as well. Charles then noticed that the tiger was satiated and he proceeds to use the bathroom, and heads back to class. The fear in this story may also be a fear of growing up. Charles sounds to be in about first grade and is getting used to acting more mature and being a responsible young man. The fact that Miss Bird made him say bathroom instead of basement is something that may have played tricks on Charles' mind, and maybe the tiger was his fear come out int ...
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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 Devil Made Me - 528 words
    In short stories, I have learned that there is much more than what meets the eye. Nearly everything in the story has meaning. All I have to do is try to find all the hints and clues the writer drops and manage to put them all together, so I can interpret the writers meaning of what they are trying to convey in the writing. In the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I determined he is writing about a man who is coming of age and learns that there is darkness in everyone and upon this coming of knowledge, he is forever changed. From the start, Hawthorne describes Goodman Brown as a good Puritan who is devoted to his wife, Faith, whose name he uses like a shield for his soul. At t ...
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  • Uperstition In The Crcrucible - 1,032 words
    The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is based on the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. The Crucible deals with a community, which everybody lived in a normal society and everybody attended church. However, one night, a group of girls were caught dancing in the woods. Some people accuse them for doing witchcraft. Therefore, they lied to protect not just themselves but the reputation of their families. They claimed that the devil took them over and influenced them to dance. One of the main girls in the group named Tituba, starts pointing her finger at different people, accusing them of being witches. Finally, the other girls also say that they saw members of the town standing with the de ...
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