Salem+Confessions,+part+1 - Witches at the Bar: The Theater...

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Witches at the Bar: The Theater of Examination First Charges Courtroom as a Stage Structure of Examination Interrogation: Method not Motive Made to Serve Proximity of Sacred and Demonic
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First Charges (March 1, 1692) Sarah Good Sarah Osburne Assumption of guilt Firm denials Forced eye contact Evidence of afflicted girls Tituba the Indian Assumption of Guilt Firm Denials Turns Charges Others Confesses to Reluctant Acts of Witchcraft
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Courtroom as a Stage Private consultations Become public interrogations Summary of evidences Become detailed transcripts Moving the action from the tavern To the public gallery of the meeting house Courtroom has a rigid choregraphy about to be destabilized
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Structure of Examination The  Magistrates  assume guilt. The Accused  struggle to respond to the charges. The Afflicted  demonstrate tortures. The Audience  reacts, gives further information, affirms guilt.
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Sarah Good Turns Have you made no contract with the devil? No [Desired the children all of them to look upon her . . . they all did look upon her and said this was one of the persons that did torment them -- presently they were all tormented.] Sarah Good do you not see now what you have done? Why do you not tell us the truth? Why do you thus torment these poor children?
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2010 for the course ENGLISH 166AC taught by Professor Saul during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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