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  • Salem Witch Trials - 1,283 words
    Salem Witch Trials In Relation to America History shows that the story which an author writes must often pertain to actual events in some way or another. Everything from historical books, to the most seemingly far-fetched science fiction have their roots in some form of reality. Arthur Miller, one of the greatest and most well known playwrights of the twentieth century bases many of his characters off of real, living people. This can easily be seen in his world renowned play, The Crucible, which tells the story of the colonial Salem witch trials. The story has many characters, all of whom vary from one another in one way or another. These variances are very much like those of real colonial p ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials - 1,164 words
    Salem Witch Trials 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 for our time, to be told by feminists, left-wing intellectuals, and lawyers for President Clinton, each taking what he or she needs from the story, adding or subtracting as it seems ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials - 1,194 words
    ... le were involved in a Satanic plot. This search might be seen as a negative mirror of the search for clues that one was saved. In the film The Burning Times, some of the clues that were seen included strange marks on the body (e.g. birthmarks and extra nipples - which were considered witches teats used to suckle demons). More controversial was spectral evidence. The afflicted girls and some male witnesses said that they had seen spectres (normally invisible spirits) of the accused either in the courtroom or at other times, and that these spectras tried to cause harm to them. These actions included choking, frightening or tormenting them. No doubt, some of those who confessed, and their l ...
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  • Salem Witch Trials - 676 words
    Salem Witch Trials Chadwick Hansen. Witchcraft at Salem. New York: George Braziller, INC., 1969. 252pp. Many people believe that the witch-hunt of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, was based upon mere delusions of a few frightened teenage girls. Despite the popular viewpoint of many other historians, Chadwick Hansen's book, Witchcraft at Salem, offers a generally discarded point of view. He uses exhausted research and well-written material to argue that the events of 1692 were true signs of witchcraft. Hansen proves this thesis by elaborate descriptions of the girls who were afflicted and by extensive trial evidence. In many historical writings the girls that were afflicted by the witches were u ...
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  • Superstition And Witchcraft: The Crucible, Salem Witch Trials - 592 words
    Superstition And Witchcraft: The Crucible, Salem Witch Trials Superstition and witchcraft resulted in many being hanged or in prison. In the seventeenth century, a belief in witches and witchcraft was almost universal. In Salem Massachusetts where the witch trials take place many people who are suspicious is accused of witchcraft and hanged. Arthur Miller wrote a play called The Crucible. It is based on the Salem witch trials. The Salem witch trials change many peoples lives and even led to death for some. The power of superstition and hearsay can distort from the truth. Four ministers of Salem joined Matther, and they spent a whole day in the house of the afflicted in fasting and prayer. Th ...
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  • The Role Of The Puritan Church In The Salem Witch Trials - 1,097 words
    The Role Of The Puritan Church In The Salem Witch Trials The Role of the Puritan Church in the Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials were a time of confusion, where half a dozen girl accusers threw the town of Salem on its head. The end result was 19 hung and one crushed to death for failure to admit or deny witchcraft and 150 more were imprisoned throughout the course of the trial (Hall p38). The Puritans came to the New World for their religious freedom to fallow their ideals for a new way of life, the perfect way of life. They were issued charter--to live on the land--. The King Phillips war labeled as [t]he bloodiest war in Americas history whichtook place in New England in 1675 (Tou ...
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  • The Role Of The Puritan Church In The Salem Witch Trials - 1,151 words
    ... e 19 people that were hung and the one man who was crushed to death were all guilty of the same crime, failure to admit to practicing witchcraft (Hall p.38). For the few people that did admit to practicing witchcraft there lives would be spared if they were to repent. The puritan religion believed that if you were to acknowledge your sins that God would save you. The first objective Parris had was to gain the support of the powerful and influential members of the town. During the latter part of February he invited some worthy gentlemen of Salem and neighbor ministers to his house for a consultation, no doubt hopping to keep the local men of power and influence sympathetic toward him as w ...
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  • A Picture Of Colonial Life - 556 words
    A picture of Colonial Life A picture of Colonial Life When the Puritans and Pilgrims were coming to America, they had expected many new opportunities and freedom. They got both--along with loneliness, vulnerability, and ignorance. Now in the new land, they knew very little, except that of their old lives. They had to learn to live new lives, to hunt new and strange game, and experience the feeling of no one being there to help during during difficult times. Sure, they had each other, but when they came up on the shores of this wonderfully new land there was no one there to welcome them with open arms, or nice warm shelter. They knew no one in this new place, and knew nothing of the land. The ...
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  • Abigail In The Crucible Act 1 - 636 words
    Abigail In The Crucible Act 1 Within the Crucible, there lies a complex story involving the accounts and happenings surrounding the 1692 Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Act 1 of the Crucible sets up the unfolding of events which lead to witch accusations and increasing superstition among the puritan community. The Crucible reveals the intriguing and malicious character of Abigail Williams to be a manipulative and unabashed liar, who possesses the remarkable quality of self preservation even among what seem to be insurmountable odds. The character of Abigail Williams demonstrates domineering behavior throughout the act in such events as Abigail's threatening the girls to remain si ...
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  • An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible - 740 words
    An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible Authors often have underlying reasons for giving their stories certain themes or settings. Arthur Miller's masterpiece, The Crucible, is a work of art inspired by actual events as a response to political and moral issues. Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, The Crucible proves to have its roots in events of the 1950's and 1960's, such as the activities of the House Un-American Committee and the "Red Scare." Though the play provides an accurate account of the Salem witch trials, its real achievement lies in the many important issues of Miller's time that it deals with. Throughout The Crucible, Miller is concerned with consci ...
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  • Capital Punishment - 1,261 words
    Capital Punishment Positive Aspects of Capital Punishment Not the physical act, but the social meaning of murder distinguishes robbery from taxation, murder from execution, a gift from theft (Leone 233). This quote defines the exact reason why capital punishment is an ethical form of justice. Although capital punishment may seem like an unfair form of justice, it is actually the most logical way to punish criminals who commit the most serious of serious offenses. It serves as an effective deterrent and provides an excellent form of retribution. If used in the right way, capital punishment would be more cost efficient and effective than life in prison. Capital punishment has been in use in th ...
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  • Crucible - 331 words
    Crucible Cunningham-1 David Cunningham English III-AP November 10, 1999 The Crucible Comparison Essay The Crucible is a drama, based on the Salem Witch Trials and reconstructed by Arthur Miller. In most cases when a work like Arthur Miller's turned into a movie, the outcome is usually misperceived from what the author intended. This is not the case for The Crucible , the central theme ans dialogue remains the same in both the movie and the drama. When a book over goes the transformation to a movie, the main idea is often lost. The Crucible carries the same plot throughout the video as in the drama. This is important because the true story of the drama is put forth in front of the audience as ...
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  • Crucible - 1,051 words
    Crucible By Arthur Miller After reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller, one cannot help but wonder why when given the chance to confess to the accusations and live, did the characters choose to stay firm and die? For people today that question is not easily answered. In the past however, this was not a question at all. The answer was found within the strong religious background that most of the accused were raised on, and the feeling of pride and honor they felt in their hearts. John Proctor exemplifies the importance of a strong name through his actions and choices throughout the play; most significantly the fourth act when he chose death over disgracing his name. Giles Corey's refusal to re ...
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  • Crucible - 604 words
    Crucible In The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692, by Arthur Miller, the character of Reverend Parris displays hypocrisy. Priest are generally considered good, honest people, but Parris lies to the community, he puts his ministry in front of his daughters life, and tries to help himself before helping the community. Even when Parriss daughter is sick and he is unsure what is wrong with her, he puts himself and his job before her. When he is trying to get Abigail to tell the truth he says "I pray you feel the weight of truth upon you, for now my ministrys at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousins life." (Act I.) In that quote, he throws in the part about Betty at the ...
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  • Crucible By Miller - 356 words
    Crucible By Miller John Proctor was the main character in the play The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller. Will the truth set you free? In Proctors case of choosing truth over deceit he was redeemed and set free spiritually. The setting of the play was in the 1690s during The Salem Witch Trials. During the beginning of the play Proctor was a man filled with hypocrisy but, he changed by the completion of the play into a commendable man. In the beginning of the play, John Proctor was a hypocritical man. By example, Proctor was a Puritan who committed the act of adultery. A Puritan was supposed to be upright and holy. Adultery is not a holy act. Furthermore, he did not attend church consistentl ...
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  • Crucible Characters Description - 453 words
    Crucible Characters Description Giles Corey, Rebecca Nurse, and John Proctor all have something in common which endanger them when the witch-hunt begins. The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller is a portrayal of the Salem witch trials. In the play there are three characters, Giles, Rebecca, and John all die at the end. These three people all have something in common which endangers them during the witch-hunt and later leads to their death. The one thing that these three people have in common is that they are all full of pride. One of these people is Giles Corey. In the play he is killed for two different things. One thing was that he would not give Danforth the name of the person who told h ...
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  • Crucible Salem Episode - 365 words
    Crucible Salem Episode The Crucible The Salem witch-trials, are an historic event that occurred during the Puritan era. It was the witch-trials that decided the fate of so many of the accused. Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible uses the Salem episode as a parallel to an event in the 1950s known as the "Red Scare". He associates many incidents of the "Red Scare" with that of the Salem witch-trials. Such incidents as: witch-hunts, hysteria, and cupidity which all entwines with both the " Red Scare" and The Crucible. One may ask, "What's a witch hunt?" It could be described as "the searching out and deliberate harassment of those with unpopular views". In The Crucible a group of girls st ...
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  • Crucible Tale - 1,852 words
    Crucible Tale Back in the 1950's, when insecurity permeated the air, and people were ruled by fear, Arthur Miller wrote a play, which defined the line between insecurity and fear. The Crucible was a remade story of the carnal Salem Witch trials, in which many innocent victims lost their lives. Through this play Miller is trying to convey the message that death is not in our possession; we are not messengers of God. Only God decrees those who are to die, because God is in heaven and we are on Earth and we cannot read his will. Despite this fact, those harsh souls in The Crucible believe that the courts are messengers of God and their decisions are divine. In many cases such as that of the Sal ...
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  • Crucible Tale Of Trials - 1,198 words
    Crucible Tale Of Trials A political cartoon shows a massive stone wall surrounding tall office buildings which bear labels of "Department of Energy," "Defense Department," "National Security Agency," "CIA," and "FBI." Outside the wall, which is tagged "Government Secrecy," a couple huddles in a roofless hut called "Personal Non-Privacy." At the top of the cartoon is printed "Somehow I feel this is not the way the founders planned it." Indeed, America's founding fathers most likely did not plan for the United States to be governed in such a manner that the people of its democracy would feel debunked. How, then, did the United States since its founding in 1776 come to this feeling of exposure? ...
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  • Crucible Tale Of Trials - 1,164 words
    ... ious decisions, though, the government powered by theocracy had undermined both the people's rights and their privacy. One civilization taken by madness is harrowing enough, but the real-life drama that submerged Salem Village and left its people in a state of hysteria was unfortunately to be repeated in almost parallel form. Indeed, the similarities between the HUAC trials in the 1950s and the Salem witch trials as portrayed in The Crucible are horrifying. Both trials were initiated by individuals who called out the guiltiness of others in order to somehow better their own positions in society. Abigail Williams and her friends went against the conformity of their Puritan religion, which ...
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