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  • Modern-day Witch Hunts - 1,292 words
    Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God's fingers? I'll tell you what's walking Salem-vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law! (p73, The Crucible) Arthur Miller's classic play, The Crucible, is about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts. What starts with several girls practicing European white magic in the woods escalates to a massive hysteria, with the "afflicted" girls falsely accusing even the respected women in the community of being witches. Eager to "utterly crush the servants of the de ...
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  • Witch Hunts, Pledges, And Blacklists - 553 words
    Way back in the 1950's, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy had his own little version of the Spanish Inquisition, an hysterical attempt to root out the communism that he thought he saw climbing the walls all around him. No one was safe from his probing, beady little eyes. Government workers, college professors, playwrights and Hollywood screenwriters, actors, artists, musicians, fags, Jews and anyone with a goatee was suspect. . . . Many people's careers were destroyed by just knowing the wrong person. The most intensive focus of the Red Hunters was on Hollywood, perceived as the shaper of public thought. Many writers and performers moved to Mexico or Europe to avoid being put in prison. Ther ...
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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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  • Taking Care Of Our Children - 1,189 words
    We who have been entrusted with the education and care of children are obligated to go above and beyond when it comes to looking out for their welfare. Educators and administrators have no recourse but to look beyond the surface, investigate if necessary, and protect the children to whom we have made ourselves responsible. Dave Pelzer, who is currently an advocate for abused children, has written a compelling three book series detailing his own life as an abused child and the aftereffects of his abuse. His case was the third worst case of child abuse on record in the state of California. (Pelzer, 1995, 168) Pelzers mother was an alcoholic who was both physically and emotionally abusive to hi ...
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  • The Effect Of The Supernatural Upon Events In Shakespeares Macbeth - 1,659 words
    At the time Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, people were interested in the idea of the supernatural and the unknown. It would have been a hot conversational topic of the day in the late 16th century, with most folks being very suspicious of things of this nature. This seems to be one of the reasons why Shakespeare chose to write a play about this particular theme. Another reason would be that the playwright knew his work would be performed in front of King James; the King was of Scottish heritage and it would be pleasing to him to recognise actual place names used in the play. Scotland as a country is complimented throughout the play: This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air nimbly and sweetly re ...
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  • Mental Illness - 1,213 words
    Beliefs and theories about mental illness vary greatly throughout the eyes of professionals. Many view mental illness as a serious condition, while others take it less seriously and see it as a part of everyday life. Although many think doctors are always right, they underestimate the influence and power these physicians exercise based upon their own personal views and ideas. Illustrated in the article, Social Class, Ethnicity and Mental Illness, Ann Vander Stoep and Bruce Link try to show whether there is a relation between mental illness which is linked to ethnicity and people with diverse backgrounds. In contrast, there is the view of Elaine Schowalter who is skeptical about doctors diagn ...
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  • Mental Illness - 1,272 words
    ... ch was vain and often suicidal (25). Witch-hunts were used as a scapegoat to uphold sanity. Due to inconsistent data and variable definitions, Schowalter remains skeptical. Continually changing definitions created doubts in many minds, especially Elaine Schowalter's, Hysteria is not a single, consistent, unified affliction like malaria or tuberculosis (14). Because of inconsistent data, mental illness is hard to understand. Hysteria has changed throughout history as to what really causes it. At first, it had to do with the body affecting the mind, and then it was reversed. Now, it is said that it is the behavior that creates the disease that people can see. The symptoms and behavior vari ...
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  • Scarlet Letters Puritans - 1,013 words
    Discuss Hawthornes presentation of the Puritans throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter. P Hawthornes links with the Puritans P The presentation of Puritanism in the novel The narrative methods through which Hawthorne presents Puritanism. The Puritans are complex characters and throughout the course of the novel the reader is exposed to many sides of their character. Mark Van Doren once wrote, The conflict in Hawthorne of two worlds between which he hung, exposing the fanaticism of one, despising the blandness of the other, is not the least source of The Scarlet Letters power. I agree, I think the power of The Scarlet Letter is so effective because Hawthorne is caught in-between his lineage ...
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  • Hester And Abigail - 663 words
    American literature often examines people and motives. In Nathaniel Hawthornes novel, The Scarlet Letter, and in Aruthur Millers modern dramatic masterpiece, The Crucible, people and motives often depict patters of Puritans struggling for life during a shaky time. Two main characters from both pieces of works share the traits of a struggling Puritan as adulators. Even tough Hester and Abigail have similar traits, their sins differ dramatically and were punished differently. Hester Prynne is a woman in Boston who is strong of her will. For example she had a daughter and refused to give out her fathers name. She says, my child must seek a heavenly father and shall never know an earthly one (Ha ...
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  • Crcrucible - 582 words
    In the play "The Crucible," Millers picture, of the Salem witch hunts of 1692 may fitly be examined as a work of dramatic art, as a product of the author, and as a social document. A major character that enabled the dramatic art to come into play is John Proctor himself who was a leading character and Arthur Miller built up to the big scenes seen throughout the play where the characters are made to be seen as more appealing. The characterization shown with John Proctor was not only detailed but an essential part of the play. Without Proctor having a part through the play, it would have been dull and boring. John Proctor was hardheaded, strong and skeptical. The Tenacity of his beloved wife E ...
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  • Lillian Hellman - 1,941 words
    Comparing Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes. Lillian Hellman was a well-known American dramatist who was born in 1905 in New Orleans ("Hellman," 1999). She later moved and attended New York public schools and went on to go to New York University and Columbia University as well. Within the confines of her youth, there had been confusion about her family background (Harmon, 1999). There has always been talk about her parents troubled marriage and other events have cropped up to make Hellman an intriguing figure. Yet, she went on to grow up and find a husband, something typical in her day. She married another playwright named Arthur Kober, but this relationship ended in ...
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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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  • 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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  • Presidents - 1,029 words
    The country was ready to choose a person who best represents us as our president. We watched the debates, took part in opinion polls, we wrote checks, and littered our yards with signs that told the whole world that we were "involved." There are many people who base their whole lives on politics. Some let it mingle in their religion, others use it for job opportunities and others use their politics to demonstrate their "moral" code. These same people let their politics divide a united republic, creating a silent war where scandal after scandal is reported which in turn creates chaos and anger, argument, and frivolous witch-hunts meant to create a poor image of our chosen leaders. In Washingt ...
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  • Cold War At Home - 1,818 words
    While the United States was fighting the Cold War to preserve its freedoms, the fears and anti-Communism the Cold War helped cause at home undermined some of those freedoms. One of the most notorious examples of this is Senator Joseph McCarthy. In his search for Communists in the U.S. government he infringed upon civil rights and freedoms, such as freedom of speech, provided to all Americans by Constitution. His actions caused a lot of innocent people, mostly government employees, to loose their jobs and reputation. In addition, in the case of Hollywood Ten, the freedom of speech - the most vital freedom in democratic society, was violated because the speech and views of Hollywood Ten where ...
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  • Curious Punishment Of Colonial Days - 1,292 words
    Curious Punishments of Colonial Days Punishment in today's society is a civil process that has changed dramatically over the centuries. Today, there are laws against cruel and unusual punishment, however there was a time when curious punishments were very popular and often practiced. One of the most notable historical eras that participated in the practice of curious punishments was the colonial time period, the seventeenth century, in and around Boston, MA. Since this area was primarily settled by the Puritans, religion had a large impact on all of the lives of the colonists, especially crime and punishment procedures. Law officials depended on biblical injunctions to guide their definition ...
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  • Religions Effect In The Modern World Is Harmful - 1,128 words
    Uttar Tandon glanced up from his corn field outside Sr nagar to gaze at the midday sun. It was a hot day, and Tandon could hear the sound of gunfire in the hills to the north. For the last week or so the Pakistani geurillas had been harassing Indian positions near the city. Although the media was making the recent conflict out to be of major international importance, Tandon saw the fighting as practically a routine event. The corn farmer had been living outside Sr nagar for all his life, and for the last fifty years he had witnessed various conflicts between India and Pakistan occurring on a fairly regular basis. He had lost friends to these wars and had even just lost his son during the mos ...
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  • Religions Effect In The Modern World Is Harmful - 1,076 words
    ... re never would have been a problem with one group of people taking another group's land: they would've both been part of the same group. However, due to their religions, the two groups are different, which leads to their dislike for each other and to their current situation which is nearing all-out war. Religion is amazingly successful in creating prejudice between religions. Whether one looks at Catholic vs. Protestant, Judaism vs. Islam, Christianity vs. The World, Muslim vs. Hindu, or at any combination between any religions, they will find tension. This tension frequently results in violence and war. Religion also has adverse effects on global economies. Too many people spend valuabl ...
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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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