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  • Events Of The Witchcraft Hysteria
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    In Miller's, The Crucible, he describes a New England town in the midst of Salem witch-hunt hysteria during the late 1600's. His play not only recounts the historic events but also specifically sheds light on the rationalization for this hysteria. In Miller's running commentary he describes the intent of the Puritans particularly accurately. In one specific statement, he says 'they [the Puritans] believed, in short, that they held in their steady hands the candle that would light the world. We h...
  • Salem Witch Trials
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    The Salem Witch trials started in 1692 resulted in 19 executions and 150 accusations of witchcraft. This is one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. It is a topic that is talked about, and can be seen as controversial. A quote by Laurie Carlson shows just how controversial the topic can be". (A) character myth is certainly what the witch hunts in Europe and Salem have become, though they have more basis in fact than most myths. The stories of the witch hunts are character myths...
  • Salem Witch Trials
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    In 1692 the area of Salem town and Salem village became very vulnerable to conflict. Severe weather such as hurricanes had damaged land and crops, the effects of King Phillips War began to impact New England society, and colonists were being forced off of the frontiers by Native peoples. The Church and the government were in heavy conflict. And those residing in Salem began to grow suspicious of one another when some prospered and others hadn't (Marcus, p 13). Suddenly people seemed very paranoi...
  • Reconstruction Of The Factional Village Of Salem
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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 ...
  • Mass Hysteria In Salem
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    Introduction Arthur Miller's play The Crucible presents a situation in which many are fooled into believing a false idea by a few people. Other aspects or people are used as scapegoats for what is really happening. The Salem witch trials of 1692 as seen from the eyes of many today seem almost insane. Although this may be true, many people have not yet learned from this situation. In McMinnville, Tennessee, many people claimed to become sick while at school, starting with a teacher, when in fact ...
  • Story About The Salem Witch Trials
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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 Hysteria
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    Proving what happened exactly in Salem is nearly impossible. It is possible that the witchcraft hysteria could have been a result of economic and social tensions, or it could have been because of an epidemic of encephalitis that spread through the colonies. Both articles provide very good argument about the causes of the witchcraft hysteria. According to Boyer and Nissen baum, the whole problem arose because of the times. Things in the colony were changing. For the first time since they arrived ...
  • 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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