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  • Salem Witch Trials Elizabeth Proctor
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    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 g...
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  • The Witch Trials Vs Mccarthy Hearings
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    In the play, The Crucible, many parallels can be found in reference to the 1950 Communist trials led by Joe McCarthy. In this work by Arthur Miller, the events of the 1692 Salem witch trials parallel those of the McCarthy trials, in that, both events were not only based on insubstantial evidence but caused mass hysteria that destroyed the lives and reputations of those involved. In the Salem witch trials, insubstantial evidence was present in each of the events. People trying to save themselves ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Put To Death
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    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 Witchcraf...
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  • The Witch Trials Of 1692
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    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 ...
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  • The Salem Witch Trials A Research
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    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 Hawthorn, 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 them presently they were all tormented. Puritanical beliefs had all of Salem truly believing that witches rode on broomsticks ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Definition For Crucible Play
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    Crucible is a word that mixes many feelings and emotions where most words tend to be more ambiguous. Because the word crucible has multiple meanings, Arthur Miller chose The Crucible as a title to try to express the subtleties of the plays message. The usual and most widely used definition for crucible, according to the New Oxford Dictionary of English, is: a pot or vessel made of a substance, such as porcelain, that will withstand extreme heat for the use of melting various materials. This defi...
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  • Causes Of The Salem Witch Craft Trials
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    ... 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...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Witch Hunt
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    In his article, Why I Wrote The Crucible, Arthur Miller speaks of the 1950 s which nobody seems to remember clearly- a time of fearful insanity and unrest. Anyone could be accused. Showing excessive opposition ensured prosecution. Most shrunk back from disputing the McCarthy hearings for fear of their safety. Now, this period of panic is viewed as absurd. As Miller describes Hitler as being almost comical to his generation, the modern generation sees the Salem witch trials as foolish scuffles be...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Ergot Poisoning
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    Sarah Osbourne was an elderly, widowed woman who had not gone to church in about one year, which was considered a Puritan sin. Sarah Good was a poverty stricken woman who begged from door to door. Goods life brought her two prominent misfortunes. One misfortune was the death of her dad, John Start, who committed suicide. Because he killed himself, it disgraced the family, in the eyes of Puritans. The second misfortune was two failed marriages. Goods first husband died, and when her second husban...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Hester Prynne
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    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne is a prose writer, the descendant of the ancient Puritan family, played an appreciable role in the New England history. His historical interests were closely connected to his epoch. The writer felt dissatisfaction with the conditions in the society. Searching for the roots of the public evil he, as well as all romantic humanists of New England, addressed the personality, its spiritual world, "secrets of human heart ." Hawthorne picked up the popular idea ab...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Reverend Hale
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    Back in the 1950 s, when insecurity permeated the air, and people were ruled by fear, Arthur Miller wrote a play, which defined the line between insecurity and fear. The Crucible was a remade story of the carnal Salem Witch trials, in which many innocent victims lost their lives. Through this play Miller is trying to convey the message that death is not in our possession; we are not messengers of God. Only God decrees those who are to die, because God is in heaven and we are on Earth and we cann...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Salem Town
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    The Devil s Disciples Hoffer, Peter Charles (Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press 1996. 210 pages) King James II s rise to power in the 1680 s became an extremely turbulent time for all under his reign. This was primary due to Catholic versus Protestant relations. Unlike his brother Charles II, James II openly professed his Catholic beliefs and granted religious freedom to all. Aside from religious toleration, his appointing of Catholics to high government posts enraged the Protestant co...
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  • Salem Witch Trials People Of The Village
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    I have given you my soul; leave me my name! Do you consider John Procter to be heroic? John Proctor was a farmer in Salem, Massachusetts in America and, because he had a lot of land, he was a well respected in the village. He was married to Elizabeth and they had three children together. He was involved in the 1692 Salem witch trials, which provoked mass hysteria amongst the people of the village. At the end of the trials, twenty people innocent of witchcraft were hanged. John Proctor was an ord...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Pontius Pilate
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    John Proctor, Sinner or Saint No person can completely steer clear of the trials and tribulations of his or her society. He who does may be vulnerable to serious allegations. If a man is to work well in his surroundings, he must partake in all aspects of his society or he is leaving himself open to unfavorable charges. In Arthur Millers, The Crucible, John Proctors lack of involvement in the Salem witch trials ultimately leads to his execution. John Proctor tries to avoid any involvement in the ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Arthur Miller
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    " John Proctors Struggles" In the drama, " The Crucible" the reader witnesses several characters that undergo different struggles. John Proctor goes through three different struggles in the drama. The three struggles that John goes through are; the stopping of his affair with Abigail, does john go to court, and johns decision to live and tell the truth or to die and to tell a lie. The first struggles that the reader sees is John trying to stop his love affair with Abigail. Jo...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Wanted To Show
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    History Repeated It is hard to believe how one single person can gain so much power. Enough power to falsely accuse many people of something they are not. Through the fear of a society one person can control everyone and everything. Senator Joseph Mccarthy had that power for four years. McCarthy was not well-liked but he learned how to be feared through his accusations of communism against many U. S. government officials. Abigail Williams was feared by the town of Salem, Massachusetts through he...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Giles Corey
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    Moral Courage In 1952, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller was written. This play is viewed by many as a condemnation of McCarthyism, now seen as a modern-day witch hunt, or the prosecution of people accused without proper cause, who are forced to conform to society to avoid public denunciation. The Crucible is based on one of the strangest and most dreadful events in American history, the Salem witch trials of 1692. During this time many innocent people were put to death. Throughout this play, there...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Town Of Salem
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne has a very unique and distinct style of romantic writing. He uses various techniques to develop his stories, characters, and situations. He also incorporates his own life experiences into his novels and shows aspects of himself through characters. One specific novel that Hawthorne portrays himself into a character is The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne has led a very difficult life. He was born in the infamous town of Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials took place. Th...
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Salem Witch Trials
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    Guilt as Reparation for Sin in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a novel about a Puritan woman who has committed adultery and must pay for her sin by wearing a scarlet A on her bosom. The woman, Hester Prynne, must struggle through everyday life with the guilt of her sin. The novel is also about the suffering that is endured by not admitting to one s wrongs. Reverend Mister Dimmesdale learns that secrecy only makes the guilt increase. Nathaniel Hawthorne is trying to display how guilt is ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Arthur Miller
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    Superstition in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller Grade Level: 10 th Date Created: September 18, 1995 Grade Received: B Written by: Erica HankinsoSuperstition and witchcraft resulted in many being hanged or in prison. In the seventeenth century, a belief in witches and witchcraft was almost universal. In Salem Massachusetts where the witch trials take place many people who are suspicious is accused of witchcraft and hanged. Arthur Miller wrote a play called The Crucible. It is based on the ...
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