The people of Salem lived in fear of the devil. Paranoia and fear emerged vigorously when talk of witchcraft spread. With such talk of the devil came accusations. People began accusing their neighbors in order to save themselves. “This predilection for minding other people’s business was time-honored among the people of Salem, and it undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the coming madness (Miller 4).” * * Hughes 3 * In The Crucible, there are many factors that contribute to the fall of Salem, Massachusetts.
The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism were definitely both great examples of how histeria and paranoia can affect a population. People were terrified for their lives and the lives of other people that were important to them. As soon as something happened that startled the churches or McCarthy and his workers they stepped in. They started questioning innocent
This point in history was incredibly significant because it changed the way Americans thought overall. The Salem witchcraft hysteria of 1692 had many lasting effects on America because it changed beliefs, justice, and culture. The Salem witchcraft hysteria of 1692 had a lasting effect on America because it changed the beliefs/morals of many Americans. It affected the beliefs of Americans for various reasons. One significant effect was how people stopped believing in witchcraft after the Salem Witch Trials.
Taking Sides The Salem witch trials were studied on different levels. It was studied from a religious stand point and a medical and an economic standing. The focus of my paper will be on the roles of women during this time and how it affected women and also, what the puritans thought about this hysteria. In my opinion the Salem witch trials were a way for men to demonize, humiliate and to strip women of any sense of power they could obtain. During this era women were considered subornments to men.
It discusses the laws involved at some of the so called “trials”. It discussed the changes of the laws in different regions and time periods and specifically states that “constituting a revolutionary change in legal methods and techniques of societal control”(33). Barstow further goes on to show the structure of a witch hunt and how it can start as something as small as an accusation and as it spreads creates widespread panic. It is an interesting account as to how mass fear can create a war. This tells me that when updating the judicial system this historical event may have played a role.
A crucible represents the events in the town because it suggests how the town is boiling due to all the incidences going on within the society and how the court is trying to purify Salem of witchcraft and evil. The poppet represents the witchcraft within the play, because these types of dolls are connected to voodoo and other superstitious deeds that the Puritans considered evil. As it was found in the hands of the accused Elizabeth Proctor, they immediately concluded she was associated with witchcraft, this is obvious when Ezekiel Cheever says “’Tis hard proof! I find here a poppet Goody Proctor keeps.” When Abigail accuses Mary Warren of sending her spirit out to harm her in the church, Abigail uses the symbol of a bird and relates it to evil when she says “Why do you come, yellow bird?” Throughout history, bird
Witchcraft attracts attention, especially at this time of year; everyone "knows" something about it. As a historian, I'm interested to see my subject, the past, being put to all kinds of uses in the present. Here are some ideas about witch-hunting that are distinctly dodgy. It's sometimes suggested that witch-hunting was a more or less conscious male device for repressing women. In fact, although there is a relationship between women and witch-hunting, it's a complex one.
Witch Hunting 10.May.2014 Psychoanalysis and Art/Society Witchcraft in Central Europe Between the years of 1470-1750, a panic emerged form European societies regarding the alleged witches amongst their midst. Consequentially, large scale witch hunts, especially in Central Europe gained prominence and resulted in the trial, torture and execution of tens of thousands of victims. While there were, unarguably, male victims accused of witch craft, the vast majority of victims where female. Since then, scholars have linked these horrific events with the gender correlated persecution of women. Ties between femininity and witches have also been viewed from psychoanalytic perspectives to provide commentary on the attitudes toward women that
Otgo Baterdene English 11 Mr. Harper Research Paper – First Draft Mass Hysteria in Salem Village In the history there are many societal problems that cannot be solved or avoided. One of these problems was mass hysteria during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693 and were brought on by group hysteria, jealousy, and property disputes. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft or the Devil's magic and 20 of them were hanged. The Salem witch trials were caused by mass hysteria rather than simple belief in witches and the devil; once the people got caught up in the hysteria no
Dear diary, I have travelled the world and witnessed many conflicts, but the days of 1692 was by the far the highest, it was a time of fear and hysteria of people being convicted of witch craft. I am beginning to feel that conflict doesn’t just resolve matters it can bring the best, worst or unexpected reactions of people. Conflict in my opinion is to fight or battle over the one idea; it can also take over people’s survival instincts. Conflict can bring people together or tear two people apart and this can affect someone badly. The fears I had in Salem in 1692 was that the most honest and caring people were being prosecuted and murder by their innocence.