The Salem Witch Trials

Witchcraft
Witchcraft
Witchcraft In the modern world witchcraft is a form of nature religion that emphasizes the healing arts. The term is also applied to various kinds of magic practiced in Asian, African, and Latin American communities. Little is known about the history of witchcraft in Europe, and what is known comes from hostile sources. In traditional European society witchcraft was believed to be a kind of harmful sorcery associated with the worship of Satan, or the devil (a spirit hostile to God). The Europea
Title of Paper The Crucible
Title of Paper The Crucible
Title of Paper : The Crucible Grade Received on Report : 85% The deterioration of Salem's social structure precipitated the murders of many innocent people. Arthur Miller's depiction of the Salem witch trials, The Crucible, deals with a community that starts out looking like it is tightly knit and church loving. It turns out that once Tituba starts pointing her finger at the witches, the community starts pointing their fingers at each other. Hysteria and hidden agendas break down the social str
How do Primary Source Documents Mirror the Ideals of a Society
How do Primary Source Documents Mirror the Ideals of a Society
How do Primary Source Documents Mirror the Ideals of a Society? The attitudes and beliefs of a particular time period are reflected in first hand documents, purposely and inadvertently through the biases and ideals of the authors of the pieces. The arrogant self-serving attitude of the first colony is reflected in Captain John Smith’s, “The General History of Virginia.” The Puritans holier-than-thou ideals are reflected in the essay by William Bradford, “Of Plymouth Plantation.” Finally the fea
More Weight
More Weight
“More Weight” With the words “more weight” Giles Corey, from The Crucible by Arthur Miller, becomes a true hero. Throughout the play, Corey changes from a foolish old man, into a hero who courageously dies for his family’s well-being and honor. With just those two words, the character of Giles Corey is defined. Before the with trials begin, Giles Corey is just a silly old man, courageous but not very smart. Although 83 years old, he is ridiculed and blamed for things that go wrong. When the sus
The Puritan Society in N Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
The Puritan Society in N Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
The Puritan Society in N. Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter In the introductory sketch to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel the The Scarlet Letter, the reader is informed that one of the author's ancestors persecuted the Quakers harshly. The latter's son was a high judge in the Salem witch trials, put into literary form in Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Judge Hathorne appears there). We learn that Hawthorne feels ashamed for their deeds, and that he sees his ancestors and the Puritan society as a w
Young Goodman Brown And Rappacinis Daughter 2001words
Young Goodman Brown And Rappacinis Daughter 2001words
Young Goodman Brown And Rappacini’s Daughter 2001words In Puritan Massachusetts the key word was suspicion. In order to be accepted, by the community, you had to be a member of the elect, destined for a spot in the eternity of heaven. In order to be member of this elite group of selected individuals you had to be free of sin and evil. It goes without saying, that you could never be caught conjuring the devil, as is illustrated by the horrors of the infamous Salem witch trials. In Young Good
An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy by: Jamie Newlands 2nd hour American Literature October 30, 1996 Two American authors, of two distinctly different time periods had one very similar task, to turn a piece of American History into a believable tragedy. Arthur Miller with The Crucible and Nathaniel Hawthorne with The Scarlet Letter. Perhaps one might wonder which author did a better job in doing so, but with such different pieces of work, this is hardly a question that can be answered. Miller's the Crucible wa
Eric Repas
Eric Repas
Eric Repas Lit Analysis 11/ 7/96 Characterization of Reverend Samuel Parris Throughout The Crucible we are introduced to and follow four or five important characters that Arthur Miller elaborated upon. One of those characters is Reverend Samuel Parris, a bitter minister who came to Salem for unclear reasons. That reason may have been he was looking for a small town to control, maybe he was trying to escape something or someone, or he may have just wanted a fresh, clean start; whatever that reas
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest Anti-Transcendentalist wri
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest Anti-Transcendentalist wri
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest Anti-Transcendentalist writers of all time. He utilized his writings to express his dark, gloomy outlook on life. Hawthorne, a descendant of a puritan family, was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Some of his ancestors included a judge known for the harsh persecution of Quakers, and another judge who played an important role in the Salem witchcraft trials. Hawthorne’s attitude was molded by a sense of guilt, which he traced to his ancestor’s actions. Afte
In many works of literature a character makes a sacrifice that can aff
In many works of literature a character makes a sacrifice that can aff
In many works of literature, a character makes a sacrifice that can affect his life in order to achieve something more important. In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor sacrifices his life, while in the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorn, the character Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, sacrifices his reputation. Both characters, Proctor and Dimmesdale, respectively, gained something more important than their life and reputation. In order to redeem himself
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible What creative ways we humans invent for persecuting each other. Isn’t it amazing that despite all our scientific and humanitarian advances we, as a race, still feel the need to persecute each other? The Crucible is set in Salem, Massachusetts during the famous witch hunt held there in the late seventeenth century, but it was written in the United States during the famous witch hunt held there in the 1950s. Isn’t it simply astounding how similar these events are? They are incomprehe
High personal acquisitions evil desires and massive greed took part in
High personal acquisitions evil desires and massive greed took part in
High personal, acquisitions, evil desires and massive greed took part in shortening the fuse of the chaotic corruption of the Salem witch trials. Amidst the quiet and peaceful period of the Puritan era in America, not everything seemed as they were. Disorder and sin heightened the animosity and deteriorated the very center of a solemn and strong virtuous society. The Puritan belief in the basic evil of man is evident in Arthur Millers The Crucible through the actions of Abigail Williams and Reve
The Crucible Characters
The Crucible Characters
The Crucible: Characters Chetan 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 Latimore, Julius and Ethel Rosenburg, 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
In The Crucible a play written by Arthur Miller the strict Puritan com
In The Crucible a play written by Arthur Miller the strict Puritan com
In The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, the strict Puritan community of Salem is bombarded with the hysteria of witchcraft. It starts when five young girls of Salem are caught dancing in the forest. Instead as mere children playing, this behavior is viewed upon by the Puritans as the work of the devil. As the hysteria builds momentum, more and more accusations radiate. Reverend Hale, a well known expert on witches, is brought into Salem to 'cleanse' the town of it's evil. At the begin
IB English Exam A2
IB English Exam A2
IB English Exam A2 Question #2 : Violations of the Declaration of Human Rights during the Salem Witch Trials During the Salem witch trials, many violations of today´s Universal Declaration of Human Rights occurred. Inclusively, some are still being done today. Upon having a victim under an acusation, many articles were not respected. This is shown in the manner in which past time juries treated the accused. In my opinion, the articles that during those times were violated were article four, fiv
Inherent inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains
Inherent inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains
Inherent inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains repressed by society. Often this evil side breaks out during times of isolation from our culture, and whenever one culture confronts another. History is loaded with examples of atrocities that have occurred when one culture comes into contact with another. Whenever fundamentally different cultures meet, there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that leads us to discover more about our true selves, often causing pe
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. It is about a time of everyday people who use lying as a weapon while saying they are pure and religious. This story is a prime example of how people will do anything to get what they want, even if it means hurting other people. This story is about a handful of girls who use other people to save themselves. These girls were caught dancing around a fire and what seemed to be a magic brew. Although these girls were doing nothing wrong
A Dark Moment in Time
A Dark Moment in Time
A Dark Moment in Time The book, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is a well-written drama of how scapegoating gone to the extreme can bring about tremendous contention and chaos even among the simplest of people. In this case, the victims of scapegoating were the citizens of Salem, Massachusetts. I feel that Miller did an excellent job on the way in which he conveyed the setting, characters, and plot. The story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. In their society there is only black and w
The Crucible By Arthur MillerThe Crucible is a Dramatic play written b
The Crucible By Arthur MillerThe Crucible is a Dramatic play written b
The Crucible By: Arthur Miller The Crucible is a Dramatic play written by Arthur Miller in the early nine teen fifties,depicting the Salem witch trials and the hysteria that surrounded them. The story takes place in Salem Massachusetts in the late seventeen hundreds. The story depicts a small puritan village and the witch hysteria that is mainly created by some little girls. Arthur Miller never tells the reader why the girls start the hysteria but when u read it you get the feeling that its a g
Shirley Jackson's emotion laden short story The Lottery written in t
Shirley Jackson's emotion laden short story The Lottery written in t
Shirley Jackson's emotion laden short story The Lottery, written in the wake of the Holocaust, is a grim tale that vividly highlights the latent dangers of social conformity. The story was initially published in 1948, a period marked by fear and moral uncertainty; only three years earlier, in the Nuremberg Trials, German soldiers claimed legal and moral innocence to charges of atrocious, hated-induced crimes, including mass genocide, against thousands of Jews in Western Europe. The soldiers d
The Boldness of Courage
The Boldness of Courage
The Boldness of Courage “You’re the Devil’s man!” (118), Mary Warren cried out when she accused John Proctor of working for the devil. Courage is defined as mental or moral strength to face danger without fear. This is supported in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Throughout the Salem witch trials in the 1600’s, courage was that good people held in to, even through the toughest times. To illustrate this, an example of someone with courage is John Proctor. Proctor is a farmer with a wife, Elizabeth
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a fact-based story about a town calle
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a fact-based story about a town calle
The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a fact-based story about a town called Salem and it's unjust people. Salem, was a town ruled and governed by religion. Things such as games, newspapers, or anything alien to their small town were considered evil. Though a strict, religion-based town might sound appealing to some, the town had many problems. One such problem was the witch trials that took place in Judge Hathorne's Court. In these trials little girls would sit in the front and the elder people in
The Crucible - John Proctor as a Tragic Hero
The Crucible - John Proctor as a Tragic Hero
The Crucible - John Proctor as a Tragic Hero The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, depicts the story of the Salem witch hunts and the chaos it caused. One of the main characters is John Proctor. Proctor is put through many life-changing decisions. In many cases, a decision he made in one situation led to another problem. Through his life-altering, and ultimately life-ending decisions, John Proctor is the established as the tragic hero of this story. If John Proctor were not such an admirable c
Crucible Essay
Crucible Essay
Crucible Essay All members of society are subject to sociological rules and regulations that are often hypocritical. These hypocrisies, both concrete and unspoken, are the subject of criticism by authors the world over, utilizing various methods and styles to ridicule society's many fables. Characterisation is one of these methods used by creators of text in order to allow audiences to relate with certain characters, which in turn will allow them to relate to the ideas intended by the creator of
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible What caused the Salem Witch trials? One women. A slave from Barbados named Tituba who only served the curiosity of a group of girls. This was an obscene period in this nations history that took the lives of seventeen innocent people. It made a mockery of the courts and of our own beliefs. What motivated the accusers to start such a heinous crime of hatred? Only those few shall ever know their true intentions, but for us they professed a small window into their hearts. Abigail Willi
The Lottery
The Lottery
“The Lottery” Literature 115 Essay # 1 The story entitled The Lottery, written by Shirley Jackson is an intriguing and shocking parable. The Lottery is set in a small village on a clear summer day. Written in objective third person point of view, The Lottery keeps the reader in suspense as the story progresses. This story shows the cruelty of people and their justification through tradition. The story begins morning of June 27. From the very beginning, irony occurs in the story. The author descr
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible In the Crucible Miller Reveals and explores the nature of and behaviour of a society in crisis and its effect upon individuals in that society. Discuss. To begin with, no one is one hundred percent sure that what Miller wrote is a correct and accurate view of how a society would act in a time of crisis. In the play itself Miller talks about some of the great influences upon himself at the time of his writing of The Crucible. He talks about how he wrote the play during a time of grea
A view of Young Goodman Brown
A view of Young Goodman Brown
A view of Young Goodman Brown The story Young Goodman Brown is about a man and his faith in himself, his wife, and the community they reside in. Goodman Brown must venture on a journey into the local forest refuse the temptations of the devil and return to the village before sunrise. The time era is approximately a generation after the time of the witch trials. Goodman Brown's struggle between the evil temptations, the devil, and the proper church abiding life, is a struggle he does not think he
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome Informative Speech Informative Speech OutlineDelayed Sleep Phase Syndrome Narrowed Topic: Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) Specific Goal: To inform the audience of a common sleep disorder. Thesis Statement: To inform the audience of the symptoms, the causes, treatments related to Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. Introduction: Wake up, America! Most of you are not getting enough sleep. According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 40 percent of adults
The Crucible the Essay
The Crucible the Essay
The Crucible: the Essay Arthur Miller’s The Crucible shows the reader a certain side of humanity, the one that reacts when put in impossible situations. This situation is the Salem Witch Trials. Hysteria and a general feeling of empowerment gave these trials a mass standing in the town of Salem. The few that chose to speak out against the proceedings were unsuccessful in their endeavors, then were eventually brought down or conformed to mass opinion. This is evident in characters like Mary Warr
John Proctor s Role In The Crucible
John Proctor s Role In The Crucible
John Proctor's Role In The Crucible It was with ardent horror that the prehistoric man first witnessed a solar eclipse---the sun swallowed by the predator moon until all light ceased and darkness fell on to the land. We, the more enlightened descendants, have also suffered eclipses. One such eclipse was the darkness of evil that fell upon Salem in 1692, when many men and women were accused of compacting with the Devil. These charges were what snowballed into the huge misfortune known as the �S
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne's background influenced him to write the bold novel The Scarlet Letter. One important influence on the story is money. Hawthorne had never made much money as an author and the birth of his first daughter added to the financial burden (Biographical Note VII). He received a job at the Salem Custom House only to lose it three years later and be forced to write again to support his family (IX). Consequently, The Scarlet Letter was publi
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible From the play the Crucible, and what I have read about the Salem witch trials in the late 1600's, I am abhorred. Anybody in their right mind would consider what happened there just plain crazy. And you would think that knowing about such things would deter it from happening again, today, or in the future. Well, it hasn't. In the 1950's there was a similar case to that of Salem. People were being accused of being communists because of perfectly legal meetings they had held, or been t
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play about the Salem witch trials t
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play about the Salem witch trials t
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play about the Salem witch trials that occurred in the late 1600’s. The scare about the witches was a result of a group of girls dancing in the forest. Dancing was not tolerated by the Puritans in that time. News about the dancing got out, and rumors were started about witchcraft. This is what triggered the Salem witch trials, but what kept it going was greed, jealousy, and the desire for revenge. Once the trials were started, accused people were pointing fing
One of the most devastating events in American history was the Salem W
One of the most devastating events in American history was the Salem W
One of the most devastating events in American history was the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Due to a few hysterical girls' accusations and the fear of a village, twenty people were executed and hundreds were put in jail. Now the question still asked today is Were the people accused really witches possessed by the devil? No, they were not witches nor were they involved with the devil. In fact, the people who were at fault were really the accusers. The Puritan people (the people involved with the t
TitleThe Salem Witchcraft Trials
TitleThe Salem Witchcraft Trials
Title:The Salem Witchcraft Trials Author:Karen Zeinert Date published:1989 Published by:Franklin Watts Type of Literature:Non-Fiction The story takes place during the sixteen-nineties (1690's or early colonial America). This was a time when superstition was well beleived and it was quite frightening for most people. The place where the events in question took place was in Salem, a town in the colony of Massachusetts. Around Salem were the towns of Andover to the NW, Topsfield to the North, Wenh
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible The Crucible, written by Aurther Miller, is a play that takes place in the 1690's during the Salem Witch Trials. The entire community is living in fear while Auther Miller tries to express the conflicts between three people. Mary Warren, whose entire personality is turned around throughout the play, John Proctor, who has to decide between the importance of his family and his own name, Revernd Hale has the terrible ordeal of having to carry out his job while doing what is right. At
Movie Report The Crucible
Movie Report The Crucible
ÿMovie Report: The Crucible This movie was based on the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller. It was directed by Nicholas Hytner, and produced by David V. Picker and Robert A Miller. The three main stars were Daniel Day Lewis-John Procter, Winona Ryder-Abigail Williams, and Paul Scofield-Judge Danforth. The movie was colorized and probably shortened from the play. It is rated Pg-13 and it is 123 minutes long. I watched it on Saturday, the 22nd in my room. Several of the town girls and T
McCarthyism vs The Crucible
McCarthyism vs The Crucible
McCarthyism vs. The Crucible Every day the criminal justice system accuses people of crimes of which they are innocent. Some of these crimes are preposterous and in some extreme cases people have gone on the rampage accusing others of certain crimes. In the play The Crucible, which displays examples of events that happened during the Salem Witch Trials, many people are accused of being witches. McCarthyism was a political stance that took place in the 1950's, after World War II (Reader's Digest
Diversity Among The Ages
Diversity Among The Ages
Diversity Among The Ages Diversity has caused problems ever since the first Europeans landed in the West Indies and up in till present day. Every Meeting between different races, different cultures, and different skin colors has made people see diversity among each other. Diversity has caused people to kill, to conquer, and to destroy. The fact that diversity is apart of the United States of America has made this country as great as it is today. Diversity in America started in 1492 between the
Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter is considered the best of his
Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter is considered the best of his
Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s The Scarlet Letter is considered the best of his writings. It may also be the most strongest statement of his recurrent themes, an excellent example of his craftsmanship. Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter during emancipation of women liberation. Therefore, many of his thoughts and ideas about what was happening around him was very influential in his literature. The main thematic emphasis in The Scarlet Letter is on sin and its effects upon both the individual and society.
The movie Three Sovereigns for Sarah and the essay The Witches of Sale
The movie Three Sovereigns for Sarah and the essay The Witches of Sale
The movie, Three Sovereigns for Sarah, and the essay, “The Witches of Salem Village” by Kai Erickson, are informative works depicting the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Both of the works give psychological interpretations of a society torn apart by class, jealousy, and religion. The trials resulted from a climate of repression, religious intolerance, and social hierarchy combined with fanaticism and the oppression of women. Three Sovereigns for Sarah gives a good interpretation of
Many truths can be thought of in relation with the segment of the Twil
Many truths can be thought of in relation with the segment of the Twil
Many truths can be thought of in relation with the segment of the “Twilight Zone” that we watched (The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street). Basically, people were paranoid with many stories that were told to them at this time. McCarthyism was abroad with the scare of the Communists. People were not sure what to think. This movie can best describe human nature. Another characteristic that humans have is to find a “scapegoat” of some kind. That can be readily seen in the movie. The paranoia of the
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible INTRODUCTION The Crucible by Arthur Miller was written during the early 1950s at the time of Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee hearings on the infiltration of Communism in the United States and the loyalty to democracy of many prominent U.S. citizens. The McCarthy hearings pitted artists and performers against each other as they were called to testify about their own loyalty and what they knew about the loyalty of others. Although some critics have sug
Millers McCarthynistic Idea
Millers McCarthynistic Idea
Miller’s McCarthynistic Idea Period 4 November 3, 1997 Mr. Ruppel “The play was inspired by Miller’s belief that the hysteria surrounding the witchcraft trials paralleled the contemporary political climate of McCarthysim.” McCarthysim is Senator Joseph McCarthy’s obsessive quest to uncover a communist infiltration of American institutions. Communism is a theory of social change advocating a classless society. In a classless society there is chaos. In the following we will discuss how Miller’s po
English - The Crucible by Arthur Miller
English - The Crucible by Arthur Miller
English - The Crucible by Arthur Miller The True Devils in Salem In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods. However, there were other factors as well, such as Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors held against each other, and the physical and economic differences between the
An Essay about the Writing Style of Nathaniel Hawthorne
An Essay about the Writing Style of Nathaniel Hawthorne
An Essay about the Writing Style of Nathaniel Hawthorne Title of Paper : Nathaniel Hawthorn Grade Received on Report : 90 Choosing an author from the list provided on the syllabus was intimidating. Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving and Nathaniel Hawthorne were familiar names, yet I really had no previous exposure to their famous pieces of work. I selected Nathaniel Hawthorn, not because I appreciate his talent, but because I liked the sound of his name. However, Hawthorne's writings captivated
Witchcraft
Witchcraft
Witchcraft Imagine a life, where due to your beliefs and religion, you are persecuted against. Similar to that of the African Americans environment in today's world. You tell you neighbor you are a member of the witchcraft community and from that day on, your so called best friend looks at you with a funny expression when you go down to get the mail. From that day on society labels you as unordinary or a freak. This is the current life for those which believe in wicca, also refereed to as witc
Free Essays - Miller's Crucible as a Warning Crucible Essays
Free Essays - Miller's Crucible as a Warning Crucible Essays
Free Essays - Miller's Crucible as a Warning Crucible Essays The Crucible Essay: The Crucible as a Warning� � �� The witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in the early sixteen hundreds was a time of uneasiness and suspicion. Anyone could easily turn in his or her neighbor on the ground of witchcraft.� Someone could merely say their neighbor's spirit had attacked them during the night, which no man can prove.� Nevertheless, as a God-fearing community, they could not think of denying th
Another Salem Witch Trials
Another Salem Witch Trials
Another Salem Witch Trials The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, which resulted in 19 executions, and 150 accusations of witchcraft, are one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. They began when three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began to have hysterical fits, after being discovered engaging in forbidden fortune-telling (not dancing naked in the woods) to learn what sorts of men they would marry. Betty's father, the Reverend Samuel Parris, called in