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One Man’s Conflict and Compromise with Himself: The Events of 1692 By: Oliver Shane Junior Division Individual Performance Process Paper: 499
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My performance, One Man’s Conflict and Compromise with Himself: The Events of 1692 , is based off of the events of the Salem Witch Trials. I chose my title because my performance focuses on William Phips, the mayor of Salem at the time of the trials. He is left with the decision of whether to stop the trials, or let them continue. Throughout the performance, we learn that the mayor has an internal conflict about the decisions he has to make due to his job of being the mayor. First off, I would like to talk about how I found my topic. I was always interested in paranormal/otherworldly subjects my whole life. When I learned that I could find a real-life event with one of those aspects present, I fell in love with NHD. Right away, I searched up events in history about aliens and witches. Many stories sounded unrealistically stupid and gory. I figured that they were all weird, fake, and creepy stories until I discovered the Salem Witch Trials. I remembered hearing about the Trials in school and started doing research. Next, I would like to write about how I did my research. Thanks to the leading expert, Emerson Baker, who wrote 3 books and many articles on the topic, I was able to learn quite a lot from his work. He had also taken his time to answer some of my questions on the topic. Later, I ended up watching countless documentaries and reading many books. I visited many other websites and came across many historical paintings and documents. I also had a phone interview with the head of the Salem Witch Trials Museum. After doing research, I started planning my project. I then had to pick a category for my project. Ever since I was very young, I loved to perform and sing. My first memories were of me singing. As you can tell, the performance category would be an obvious pick for me. Considering I was the only kid who wanted to do a performance, I was forced to work alone. After starting to plan out my project, I realized that I
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would have trouble playing every part by myself, thus I considered a documentary. Eventually, I realized I was better at performing than making videos and I stuck to a performance. My history teacher helped me figure out how I could play multiple parts at once. Lastly, I would like to address how my project fits the theme of Conflict and Compromise in History. My main character, William Phips, started and stopped the iconic Court of Oyer and Terminer. His conflicted story comes full circle when he realizes his mistakes and puts an end to the trials. He realized his wife might get accused of witchcraft so he compromised his own value system and ended the trials. Thus, compromising himself and saving his wife’s life. This was his compromise with himself. .
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