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  • Witches And Neighbours
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    In important respects, the great witch hunts began with the invention of the stereotypical witch in texts by professional demonologist's. Prior to the publication of these texts, there was already widespread belief in magic both harmless and malicious. But not until the practice of magic became a religious warfare between God and his enemy the devil did community concerns about the practice of magic evolve into the desperate, sadistic trials that occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the ...
  • Giles Corey
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    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...
  • Ch 8 Kit And Judith
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    CH 1 The main character loads a ship called the dolphin. While on the dolphin she makes some friends and some enemies. A lot of the people on the ship think she is a witch. They think this because she jumped off the boat and she could. Predictions I think once they arrive the people on the dolphin will put kit on a witch trial. I dont believe youre a witch if you can swim CH 2 No one is talking to Kit right now. Her friend Nat teases her a lot. It seems that at this point that Kit loves to read....
  • Town Salem And Its Witch Trials
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    In the Crucible, Salem was presented as a town in peril. Satan was at work in the town and its citizens were going crazy. People were being persecuted for casting "spells" on people and if someone even mentioned your name and you were related to witchery, you could be put to death, even if you didn't do anything. There are also other incidents that are quite similar to the calamity in Salem. For example, in the province of Germany and Poland, Jews were slaughtered and put in concentration camps ...
  • Communist Trials Of The 1950's
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    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...
  • Witchcraft Trials
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    The Salem witchcraft trials resulted from a climate of repression, religious intolerance, and social hierarchy combined with fanaticism and the oppression of women. The Puritan leaders used the trials as a way to control the community and to prevent change in the strict social hierarchy. The trials ensured that the teachings of the church would be followed anyone not following the church was simply accused of being a witch and punished accordingly. Witchcraft was considered a crime, and punishme...
  • 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...
  • Constant Trial Of Morals
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    This play is named The Crucible, which means a severe test or trial, because the accused, the families, and the girls are being put through a great ordeal. Foremost, this is the most difficult for the men and women accused by the girls. They were actually put on trial and sent to jail, torn between the decision of lying under oath or being hung. In the Puritan society, it was unheard of the lie under the oath of God because of their deeply religious beliefs; they thought they would be sent to He...
  • People Ready To Lodge Accusations At Witches
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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...
  • Of The Many Views Of Witches
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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...
  • Bad Luck People In Salem
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    The Salem Witchcraft Trials: A Time of Fear and Confusion Imagine, just for a minute, living in a time and place where you are not free to practice your own religious or spiritual beliefs and you are forced to live in fear because of persecution by the church and everyone around you. Persecution back in 1692 in Salem Massachusetts was a very real, very serious thing. Those persecuted were hanged, burned, and even pressed against rocks if found guilty of witchcraft. The Salem Witchcraft Trials st...
  • Witch Trials
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    Ben Hahn Professor Enrich History 364 November 13, 1997 Witchcraft Trials Galore The three witchcraft trials I found most interesting were the persecutions in Scotland, the persecutions in Trier, and the persecutions in Bamberg. All three offered the best explanation for my final conclusion in comparing a group of witch trials. The period in which the persecutions of Trier took place was from 1581-1593. This was a long chain of persecutions that included even the leaders of the city. No one was ...
  • Place Before The Salem Witch Trials
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    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...
  • Witch Trials
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    Dear Governor: It seems that God is seeking to punish us for our sins, sending Satan into our humble town of Salem to wreak havoc and chaos around us. He sends his minions, his witches, to do his bidding, and now poor Betty Parris, daughter Reverend Samuel Parris, lies in bed, breaking into fits of convulsions and hallucination, and often crying out in terror. We must purge Salem of this evil, to end God!'s wrath. To repent this sin of! ^0 entering into a compact with the Devil in exchange for c...
  • Witch Trials And Executions
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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,...

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