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  • The Salem Witch Trials: Long-Term Causes

    “I am no more a witch then you are a wizard.” - Sarah Good. The Salem Witch Trials started in 1692 due to the fact that a group of young girls claimed to be possessed. After that, over 200 people were accused of witchcraft but only 24 people died; four of these people died in prison and 20 were executed. None of the victims were kids and most of the people killed were in their 60s and 70s. The Salem Witch Trials lasted until May of 1693 when the governor's wife was accused of witchcraft. The…

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  • The Themes Of Mccarthyism In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

    hallucinations and seizures. The girls possess a power that residents fear being accuse of socializing with evil spirits and casting spell. This play dramatizes the idea of McCarthyism in which many residents was send to death along the judgement of witch hunt. The theme of the play portrays the corruption of government. Miller show this by incorporating McCarthyism that was going on during his time period in the 1950s when he wrote the play. James Kimble describe McCarthyism as, “crystallized…

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  • John Law's Trial: The Pendle Witch Trial

    The Pendle witch trial begins when Alizon device encountered a peddler named John Law. When Alizon asked John Law to do her a favor, he refused, leading to her anger and a curse being put on him. The curse left John with what was thought to be an illness brought on by a witch. John Law’sfamily took this matter into their own hands, going to the authorities of that time for help. The authorities went and asked Alizon a statement about what happen. They also asked for statements from her family.…

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  • The Lavender Scare: Discrimination In The 20th Century

    groups of people who were thought to be dangerous and harmful to society. These types of discrimination are generally referred to as "witch hunts", in reference to the infamous Salem witch trials, where several innocents were hanged or otherwise killed or jailed after being falsely accused of witchcraft. This paper will focus on a more modern example of a "witch hunt", the Lavender Scare. In the early 1950s and through the 60s, the LGBT community was just becoming more noticed and prominent in…

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  • Witch Swimming Trial Essay

    the water would reject their body and prevent them from submerging. According to this logic, an innocent person would sink like a stone, but a witch would simply bob on the surface. The victim typically had a rope tied around their waist so they could be pulled from the water if they sank, but it wasn’t unusual for accidental drowning deaths to occur. Witch swimming derived from the “trial by water,” an ancient practice where suspected criminals and sorcerers were thrown into rushing rivers to…

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  • Salem Witch Trials

    Anh Nguyen Research paper The Salem Witch Trials Religions have long been not only a controversial topic among societies, but it also played an important role as a foundation of the early North American social as well as religious life. As their main belief was that God should be involved in aspects of one’s life and worshiped constantly, any behaviors or motivation going against his will were all considered as sins, thus, they must be punished. One of the great way to envision…

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  • The Tragic Hero In The Crucible

    does well and has no flaws. However, a tragic hero is someone with heroic qualities but has flaws or imperfections which leads to their death or at least their downfall. In play the Crucible written by Arthur Miller, an allegory of the communist witch hunts, tragic hero is born. John Proctor is the tragic hero in the Crucible, he is viewed as a large figure, yet a certain desire he has leads to a tragedy in the play and his downfall. John Proctor stands on principle in Salem by portraying…

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  • Arawak Case Study

    The next case study examines the links between globalisation and conflict in Peruvian Arawak communities, specifically the occurrence of accusations of child sorcery. In the 2003 book ‘Darkness and Secrecy: The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia’, author Fernando Santos wrote a chapter exploring how the modernising forces of globalisation often result in an escalation in accusations of witchcraft among children. Globalisation in the Arawak communities over the last couple…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of The Witch Trials

    “swimming,” whereby the accused hands are tied and immersed into deep water. If the accused witch floated, the water would reject them and was deemed guilty to being a witch, if they sank they were innocent. Leading to accused victims to die because they were not going to be able to survive either way. The courts would kill the alleged witch if they floated so they can show the citizens that they were in fact a “witch.” The two most common methods that were mostly used were pressings and…

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  • Hysteria In The Salem Witch Trials

    The Salem Witch Trials were a time of great distress for early America. Starting in spring of 1692, many people were believed to have been practicing witchcraft and for those who were put on trial, cruel and unusual punishments were often used in an attempt to prove the accused guilty. This went on for several long months, until the governor of Massachusetts dissolved the primary court used for these trials – the Court of Oyer and Terminer – in October 1692. The Salem Witch Trials had a large…

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