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  • Salem Witch Trials
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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...
  • Adulterous Relationship Between Abigail And John Proctor
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    The Crucible: CharactersChetan Patel The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller that was first produced in 1953, is based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Miller wrote the play to parallel the situations in the mid-twentieth century of Alger Hiss, Owen Lati more, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Senator McCarthy, if only suggestively. (Warshow 116) Some characters in the play have specific agendas carried out by their accusations, and the fact that the play is based on historical t...
  • King James VI Of Scotland
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    The European witch-hunts that took place from 1400 to 1800 were complete monstrosities of justice, but the brutality seemed to have been concentrated more in certain parts of Europe than other parts. This is especially true in the British Isles during the witch trials of 1590-1593, where Scotland, a country with a fourth of the population of England, experienced three times as many executions as them. Before these particular trials, England and Scotland were both only mildly involved in the hunt...
  • Colonial Beliefs On Witchcraft
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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 17th century. To completely...
  • Character Analysis Of Giles Corey In The Crucible
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    Arthur Miller's play The Crucible is centered around the mass hysteria created by accusations of witchcraft in the Puritan village of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. These accusations can be blamed on Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors hold against each other, and the physical and economic differences between the citizens of Salem Village. Because suspicions were at an all-time high, petty accusations were made out to be witchcraft, and bad business deals...
  • Accused Witches
    674 words
    The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller is a play that takes place in the late 17th century during the famous yet tragic witch trials. It is a story that contains the many struggles that came about as a result of the strict Puritan setting. Miller's depiction of the Salem witch trials deals with a community that starts out with a tightly knit and church loving facade. However, once finger pointing at the witches began, the community starts accusing each other. Hysteria and hidden agendas broke do...
  • Accusations Of Some Women Of Being Witches
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    Witches American history has few subjects as interesting as witchcraft, because it confronts us with many Ideas about women. It confronts us with fears about women, the place of women in society, and with women themselves. Also, it confronts us with violence against women and how the problems of society were often blamed on women. Even though some men were executed as during periods of witch hunting, witches were generally thought of as women and most who died in the name of witchcraft were wome...
  • Chief Accusers In The Trials
    640 words
    THE CRUCIBLE BY ARTHUR MILLER Arthur Miller's"The Crucible" is a play about the Salem witch trials in 1960. These were classic examples of mass hysteria, resulting in the hanging of a great many respectable men and woman of charges of trafficking with the devil. They were convicted by people at least as respectable as themselves, largely on the evidence of four young girls who had been caught dancing in the moonlight and laid their dissolute behavior to the influence of Satan. Innocent people ar...
  • Court The Confession
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    Holding Integrity at the Cost of Life Essay by Your Name Here derived from thoughts on Arthur Millers' The Crucible In some situations, where people know that they are right, they will compromise their beliefs in an effort to save their own life. Others will stand up for what they believe and stand rigid in their thoughts of how something should be taken care of. At times the rigid may feel compelled to sway from their beliefs but then stand strong and accept the judgment that has been put upon ...
  • End Of Act 1 Abigail
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    The main characters are Abigail, Mercy, Proctor, Hale, and Elizabeth. Abigail is a girl who accuses many people of witchcraft including Elizabeth. When Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft, she comes up with evidence that Abigail accused her as a trick to get ahead in life. Although Abigail and the girls initiate the tragedy, responsibility lies with the whole Salem community. Although Abigail was almost an adult, she still basicly acted like a child, to be seen but not to be heard I think. This w...
  • Abigail Calls Goody Proctor
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    The story of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, revolves around the witchcraft hysteria and human vengeance that plague Salem and split the town into those who use the trials for their own ends and those who desire the good of the society. It is this paradox that Miller finds to be a major theme of The Crucible: good versus evil. In order to keep the community together, members of that community believe that they must in some sense tear it apart. Miller relates the intense hysteria and vengeanc...
  • Anti Communist Joseph McCarthy
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    Many times it has been said that if people learn form their mistakes they are doomed to repeat them. Such is the case throughout history. There are many different examples of this, but one example is the blatant similarities between the witch hunts in Salem Massachusetts and the era of McCarthyism. When looking at either one of theses events separately it is hard to believe that they could have actually happened, not only once but, twice. If one takes the time to look at both events simultaneous...
  • Tests The People
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    In the Salem witchcraft trials the accused did not receive fair trials or treatment. They were treated with no respect once accused and the trials were based on tribulation only. Many of the "witches" did not get justice. The accused also only had to be mentioned by a person of the town and were automatically a witch in the eyes of the people. Anyone could accuse someone. Many were accused by others for disputes between families, political reasons and to gain more land and wealth. When they were...
  • Reverend Samuel Parris Of Salem Village
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    CHRONOLOGY 1689 Samuel Parris arrives in Salem Village and is ordained as minister of the newly formed Salem Church. 1692 January Young girls in Parris's household begin acting strangely. February Parris's servants bake witch cake to heal girls. Other girls in community become involved, and first charges of witchcraft are made. Aggressive interrogations begin. March Three women are sent to prison and others are charged. Afflictions prompt day of prayer. Reverend Deodat Lawson and Parris deliver ...
  • Lies Behind The Witchcraft Accusations
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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...

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