Puritans came to America to seek religious freedom, but the Salem court system abused its power, keeping the abuses the puritans hoped to escape. Puritans originated from New England, and many than migrated to America. They separated from the church, in England, hoping to freely profess their religion in the United States. The Church of England had different beliefs and thoughts than the Puritans. Many Puritans who practiced their religion, were executed in England. They did not have any freedom to practice their religion. They thought that by escaping to America they would have the freedom they desired. The Puritans had very strict rules, laws, social orders. The Witch Trials unbalanced the people of Salem. The Puritan community had many different beliefs. Most of which where very strict. They believed that their religion was the only good and correct one, the other ones where bad. Dressing immoral or inappropriate was considered sinful, most of the women where dressed very proper. Women couldn't wear pants or shorts. They could only wear skirts and dresses. Everything was centered around the church. The Puritan Church was in charge of the government, state and school. They taxed everyone, but only people from their religion could vote. They didn't really let the people do much of what they wanted, like dancing in the woods. Their was a punishment for everything that they considered bad, they would get whipped for dancing in the forest. "Abby would get whipped for dancing," in our community she isn't doing anything wrong. For the Puritans they believed that it was wrong to dance, specially out in the forest naked. The community was very strict. To strict pushes the people away from the community, but to easy on them then they would want to do what ever they wanted good or bad. To the people, the Puritan community, didn't give much freedom they desired to find, by coming to America. In ever community their are social orders. Some communities enforce and outline their social groups, others every ones the same just different social groups. To the Puritans their church was involved with everything and in charge of everything. So of course most of the people involved with the church and government, where the on the top of the social order. The government's top people where involved in the court, Judge Hathorne and Deputy Governor Danforth. They took a major role in the Salem Court System, decided if the people where guilty or not. Reverend Paris, who was lead of the church, wasn't liked very much by the people. The people of the Puritan community where in the middle of the social group. They didn't all get along, but at the end they where all one community. The slaves where at the bottom of the list. Some Puritans where also at the bottom of the list. Only if the community thought of them that way or their was a lot of bad gossip about them. During the Salem Which Trials, they would believe the people who on the top more, than the people on the bottom. Even without evidence, they would just take their word, thinking they are telling the truth since they are on the top social order. In the Crucible Abigail had said "Tituba made me do it, she made us drink blood". Abigail was blaming Tituba for conjuring spirits and witch craft. Without any evidence they believed Abby instead of Tituba, since
time that Tituba practiced Caribbean black magic, yet these trials and executions actually still took place, how can you explain why they occurred?
The Salem Witchcraft Trials began not as an act of revenge against an ex-lover, as they did in The Crucible, but as series of seemingly unlinked, complex events, which a paranoid and scared group of people incorrectly linked. And while there were countless other witchcraft trials, Salem trials remain the best-known. In Salem, fears of witchcraft perpetuated…
The Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials lasted a time span of 13 months, during which 200 people were accused and 19 people were hung. This was a dark time period in American history because people believe young, teenage girls and it led to people getting killed. The Salem Witch Trials was one of the most important events in American history because many innocent people had their lives taken; even people with power.
The Salem Witch Trials started in 1692 when…
Salem witch trials was a time of distress and suffering for many people and as history repeats itself, we see this beginning to happen again with the Concerned Citizens of the United Sates. In both of these cases, innocent people are being accused and rational thinking is being replaced with fear. The Crucible written about the Salem witch trials by Arthur Miller can be used to compare the Salem witch trials to the recent ordeal with Concerned Citizens of the United States. Both of these “witch hunts”…
Trials of Conspiracies
Something that is so controversial and still stirs up paranoia is witch trials. Witch Trials have been around for centuries and follow the practice of magic and use of spells and spirits towards others. The Salem witch trials in specific were significant because the public had let this topic become out of control and so widely spoken of so soon. In Massachusetts 1692, three young girls had a strange feeling coming over them. They started feeling controlled and would convulse…
speedy and public trial.
Right of trial by jury in civil cases.
8 Freedom from excessive bail, cruel and unusual punishments.
9 Other rights of the people.
10 Powers reserved to the states.
1431-Trial of Joan of arc took place. she was burned at the
stake on allegations of with craft.
1st- Let puritans have a charter in America.
1629-Salem is settled.
1641-English law makes witch
craft a capitol crime.
first witch trial in Charleston mass…
16 January 2015
The Crucible written by Arthur Miller in 1953 tells a story of what it was like living trough the Salem witch trials and what it was like to be one of the accused. The main character in the play is John Proctor, “a farmer in his middle thirties” is stuck in the middle of it all and is motivated to find falsehood and expose it.
In Act 1, Abigail goes to extreme lengths to take the place of Elizabeth Proctor because she fell in love with…
Exodus 22:18 states, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". This bible verse was the backbone of the witch trials. The witch hunt in Europe lasted for about 270 years (from approximately 1480 to 1750) and around 50,000 people total were killed during that time, even though over 100,000 people were tried for the crime witchcraft. Originally the witch hunts were organized by religious officials to make sure that people feared of challenging the church. Three-fourths of all the people that were killed…
forms: American realism and Political Theatre
The aim of political theater is to bring about change and hold a mirror to society. they aim to make the audience think rather than feel, they critise alienate, accuse and condemn.
salem witch trials(1692)
Arthur Miller (1953)
use of symbolism- poppet symbol of witchcraft, chicken…
hysteria of the late 1940s and 1950s concerning Communist fears, he was drawn to the stories of similar irrational fears and judgments of the 1692 witch trials. He drew parallels between each era's paranoia and hysteria.” (life123.com) Miller recreated some of the events from the McCarthy era and turned them into a book from the time period of Salem Witch Trials.
Many of the character’s beliefs and actions similar between the McCarthy era and the crucible, the Hollywood Ten and the accused witches of…
They go to court, and a few people in town are accused of practicing witch craft, all but the group of girls that actually committed the crime. Abigail also has an affair with one of the main characters, John Proctor. But John Proctor never wants to speak of the affair again, because his wife and children mean the world to him. In the novel, if one denies that they have practiced witch craft, they are sentenced to death. Proctor tries very hard to make sure Abigail gets caught for…