The Crucible

The Crucible - The Crucible By Arthur Miller . . . When...

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller . . . When History and Literature Collide
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The Crucible is . . . Puritanism + Witchcraft + McCarthyism + Arthur Miller
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Puritanism Christian faith that originated in England during the early 1600s Puritans believed in predestination They split from the Church of England in 1633 Many emigrated to the American colonies Their radical beliefs flourished in the new world
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Witchcraft in Salem Like all Puritans, the residents of Salem Village believed in witches and in witchcraft. They believed that witchcraft was “entering into a compact with the devil in exchange for certain powers to do evil.” They considered witchcraft both a sin and a crime; it was a very serious accusation, which was carefully and thoroughly investigated.
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Witchcraft in Salem The witchcraft hysteria began in Salem, Massachusetts, in early 1692. Reverend Samuel Parris’s daughter and Abigail Williams started having fits of convulsion, screaming, and hallucination. A doctor examined the girls and concluded that the only explanation for these bizarre behaviors was witchcraft.
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Witchcraft in Salem A recently published book of the time detailed the symptoms of witchcraft; the girls’ fits were much like those described in the book. Therefore, the Puritans of Salem were quick to believe the doctor’s diagnosis.
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Witchcraft in Salem The girls pointed fingers at Tituba (the Parris’ slave), Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborn, which sparked a witch hunt.
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Witchcraft in Salem During the next eight months of terror, more than 150 people were imprisoned for witchcraft. By the time court was dismissed, 27 people had been convicted, 19 hanged, and 1 pressed to death. The hysteria that snowballed in Salem reveals how deep the belief in the supernatural ran in colonial America.
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McCarthyism McCarthyism is the term used to describe a period of intense suspicion in the United States during the early 1950s. It began when Senator Joseph McCarthy, a U.S. senator
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Davehoyt during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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