• Salem Witch Trials Witchcraft People Girls
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    Causes of The Salem Witch Craft Trials 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 ev...
  • Witchcraft In The Colonies
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    Witchcraft in the Colonies Salem, Massachusetts Thesis-In Salem fear of the different led to mass hysteria and panic, people lashed out blindly and accused the innocent. I. Causes A. by late 1640's witchcraft shifted dramatically 1. began spinning out of control 2. began rising in accusations. for many years people believed in witches 1. Christianity spread through out early Europe 2. after spread of Christianity, witches were accused of flirting with the devil. C. accusations were made agains...
  • The Devil's Shadow Seventeenth Century
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    The Devil's Shadow Time Setting: The Devil's Shadow by Clifford Lindsey Alderman took place in the late seventeenth century from 1692-1693. This is the time period that the Salem Witch Trials took place. The main plot of the story rested on the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials, the trials themselves, and the aftermath of the trials. Detailed accounts of witch executions, the actual trials, and the events that caused the trials were discussed in the story. Place Setting: Most of the ac...
  • The Crucible Major Event
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    The Crucible I read the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. The main characters are Abigail, Mercy, Proctor, Hale, and Elizabeth. Abigail is a girl who accuses many people of witchcraft including Elizabeth. Proctor is a farmer who is married to Elizabeth. He tries to free her when she is accused of witchcraft but gets himself in trouble in the process. Mercy is a helper to Proctor and Elizabeth. When Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft, she comes up with evidence that Abigail accused her as a ...
  • Witches Devil Witchcraft Religion Pagan
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    The Old Religion An excerpt from the Malleus Malefic arum written by Heinrich Kramer and James Springer reads, "Witches are so called on account of the blackness of their guilt, that is to say their deeds are more evil than those of any other malefactors. They stir up and confound the elements by the aid of the devil and arouse terrible hailstorms and tempests. They distract the minds of men driving them to madness, insane hatred, and inordinate lusts. By the terrible influence of their spells a...
  • The Devil In The Shape Of A Woman
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    The Devil in the Shape of a Woman " The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" was an excellent book that focuses on the unjust's that have been done to women in the name of witchcraft in Salem, and many other areas as well. It goes over statistical data surrounding gender, property inherence, and the perceptions of women in colonial New England. Unlike the other studies of colonial witchcraft, this book examines it as a whole, other then the usual Salem outbreaks in the late 17 th century. To completel...
  • Salem Possessed The Social Origins Of Witchcraft
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    Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft, Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press copyright 1974. The purpose of this book was to examine the history and social life of Salem Village to try to figure out what was the cause of the events that occurred there. I believe that the authors achieved their objective at least they did to me. Boyer and Nissenbaum's explanation for the outbreak of witchcraft accusations in Salem hinges on an understanding of the ...
  • The Crucible 4 Witchcraft Trials
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    In 1962, Massachusetts was plagued by a witchcraft craze that would result in the hanging of at least 20 people and the jailing of at least 150 others. This event is considered one of the most tragic incidents in our American history. The witchcraft hysteria originated in the small village of Salem, where most of the people were poor, uneducated, but more importantly, superstitious. The town was quick to blame witchcraft when several of the girls in the village became indisposed by a bizarre ail...
  • The Devils Shadow Accused Of Witchcraft
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    The Devil's Shadow Time Setting: The Devil's Shadow by Clifford Lindsey Alderman took place in the late seventeenth century from 1692-1693. This is the time period that the Salem Witch Trials took place. The main plot of the story rested on the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials, the trials themselves, and the aftermath of the trials. Detailed accounts of witch executions, the actual trials, and the events that caused the trials were discussed in the story. Place Setting: Most of the a...
  • Middle Ages Witchcraft Witches People
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    'Europeanwitchcraft was a unique phenomenon which differed from European high magic from the low magic or simple sorcery' (Russel 658). 'High magic and simple sorcery differ however in methods and motivation' (658). High magic was astrology and alchemy (658). Sorcerers are usually people that are motivated by strong feelings of jealously, revenge, malice which are experienced by everyone (Marwich 3042). 'More supernatural are witches who are slaves of aberration and addiction that are considerat...
  • Inferior Intellect Women Witchcraft Devil
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    In the Malleus Maleficarum, Sprenger and Kramer's basic argument about the origins of witchcraft is that witchcraft is found chiefly in women due to several reasons that focus on characteristics of women. Sprenger and Kramer argue that witchcraft in women is more probable because women were very na " ive and impressionable, carnal lust is never satisfied in women, and they are of lower intelligence and weaker memories than men. Women are viewed as very na " ive and impressionable because they ar...
  • Salem Witchcraft Trials House People Browie
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    Throughout history millions of people have been scorned, accused, arrested, tortured, put to trial and, persecuted as witches. One would think that by the time the United States was colonized, these injustices on humanity would have come to an end, but that was not so. In 1692 a major tragedy occurred in America, the Salem witch trials. It all began when a group of girls accused others, generally older women, of consorting with the devil. The witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts resulted ...
  • Witchcraft And Its Effects On Society
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    Witchcraft is a phenomenon that has captured the minds of millions since the beginning of history. These so-called witches have caused fear, hatred, interest, widespread panic, and a variety of other emotions in other people from all over the world. Every society and civilization on this planet have all some form of witchcraft in their history. Witchcraft itself has a deep history of its own causing it to be recognized in literature and modern society. First, witchcraft has a very fascinating hi...
  • Crucible John Proctor
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    Does power corrupt In Arthur Miller s The Crucible, Miller takes his readers on a journey back to 1692 to revisit the Salem witchcraft trials. He cleverly portrays a small Puritan town and the disappearance of their commitment to each other and the truth. One of the main characters in Miller s play is Abigail Williams, who is a seventeen year old orphan with an endless capacity for dissembling. (p. 8) She, along with an evil land owner, Thomas Putnam, and a distinguished judge, Danforth, is able...
  • Salem Witch Trials Bridget Bishop
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    The warrants for Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne were issued on February 29 and on March 1 they were taken to the meeting house of Salem Village to be examined by magistrates John Hawthorne and Jonathon Corwin. It was there that Good and Osborne maintained their innocence, but Tituba confessed. It was impossible to tell if Tituba's confession was true or false, but that did not matter to the magistrates, what mattered was that there was a confession. "The devil came to me and bid me to serv...
  • Witchcraft In Medieval England
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    "You shall not permit a sorceress to live" (Ex. 22: 18). Introduction The ancient belief in witchcraft and magic has existed for a very long time, having been mentioned in the tales of Homer in ancient Greece and even in the Bible. Witches are supposed to be females that have supernatural powers for evil purposes. A male with such powers is called a warlock, sorcerer or wizard. The Craze The first man to take action against heretics was John XXII, who was Pope from 1316 to 1334. A century later...
  • Thomas Putman Parris Witchcraft Hanged
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    Thomas Putman's entrance to the Act leads to further evidence of possible seeds of destruction to come. Putman a very powerful, cunning man brings out the weaker side in Parris "It must come out - my enemies will bring it out." Putman has some old scores to settle with Parris so he is using this as an advantage to maniuplate Parris to get what he wants "you are not undone... you have discovered witchcraft as soon Rev Hale comes, you will proceed to look for signs of witchcraft here." Parris now ...
  • Elizabeth Proctor Witchcraft People Witch
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    I believe strongly that Elizabeth Proctor is innocent and believe that there is evidence upon evidence that can prove her innocence to the court and all the people who doubt her innocence. Elizabeth Proctor has never done anything that can be construed as witchcraft. She has had angry times in her life but who wouldn't consider having your husband commit adultery and you find out be a tough time? Just because of this does not even begin to be a valid reason for claiming Elizabeth Proctor to be a...
  • Innocent People Witchcraft Court John
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    In 1692, the Salem Village of Massachusetts fell victim to an outbreak of mass hysteria caused by a fear of witchcraft. This fear of witchcraft was caused by a small group of girls who accused innocent people of the village of being under the influence of the devil and harming them with spells of witchcraft. How would a town so concerned with religion react to such crazy accusations? Arthur Miller describes such reactions to these in The Crucible. In this story Miller describes how different peo...
  • Binary Thinking Puritans Religion Witchcraft
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    Binary thinking related to Salem Witch Trials The Puritans were European settlers that established home in Salem Village in the 1630 s. They believed that they were a dominant group because of their practices. They saw their religion as superior to any other religion. Their religious authority was one that was honoured by the Puritans. The Puritan society began to look at others with suspicion when something out of the ordinary happened causing great accusations of witchcraft. The Puritans had ...