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  • Giles Corey
    420 words
    Giles Corey was a successful farmer and an active member of the Salem church, but this reputable model citizen was not looked lightly upon when the word "witch" started floating around. In April of 1692, Ann Putnam, Jr., Mercy Lewis, and Abigail Williams pointed a scornful finger at Giles. Ann said that Corey supposedly came to her on the 13th of April and asked her to write in "the devil's book". She later said that a ghost came to her, asking to be avenged against his killer, Giles Corey. Core...
  • Afflicted Accusers In Salem
    723 words
    A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials. By Laurie Winn Carlson. (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 1999. Pp. x, 197. $24.95.) The author of this book has proposed an intriguing hypothesis regarding the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Laurie Winn Carlson argues that accusations of witchcraft were linked to an epidemic of encephalitis and that it was a specific form of this disease, encephalitis lethargic a, that accounts for the sympto...
  • Communist Trials Of The 1950's
    547 words
    Why is the play called the Crucible? Webster and his book the dictionary defines a 'crucible' as, 'A container in which metals are heated, involving a change. A severe test or trial. ' ; Author Miller in his play, uses the title 'The Crucible' as an analogy for the situation. The actual container- the crucible, is the town of Salem Massachusetts. The contents of the container are the people of Salem, the emotions and feelings of these people are what change. The events that take place in the tow...
  • Very Dangerous Form Of Government
    480 words
    To all intents and purposes, the power of theocracy in Massachusetts was broken. ' (146). The wrong-doings of 'religious officials', however one defines them, caused this unjust government to collapse. What is the point of trial when one could not be proven innocent? Each trial lead down the same path, a witch that confessed was punished, and an accused witch who did not confess was also punished. So under a theocratic government, there were no winners nor losers, only those unfairly put to excr...
  • Motivates Abigail Williams And Anne Putnam
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    Arthur Miller writes about the tragic results of human failings in his play, The Crucible. He presents characters from the past and infuses them with renewed vitality and color. Miller demonstrates the horrifying results of succumbing to personal motives and flaws as he writes the painful story of the Salem witch trials. Not only do the trials stem from human failings but also from neglect of moral and religious considerations of that time. Characters begin to overlook Puritan values of thrift a...
  • Place Before The Salem Witch Trials
    664 words
    Demonic Possession on Trial by William W. Coventry was written based on the author's thesis to earn his Master of Arts in History from the University of Vermont. The book's purpose is to examine and explore certain witch-craft cases that took place before the Salem witch trials occurred in order to identify the behaviors and ideas that shaped them. It was unclear from reading the book what the author's views of the cases were; although, he seemed to show sympathy towards the supposed witch's per...

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