In Defense of Rebecca Nurse Your Majesties, Judge Corwin and Judge Hathorne, our defendant Rebecca Nurse, a highly respected member of the Salem community, has been wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft. We believe that these profound accusations against, the honest and trustworthy, Rebecca Nurse were fabricated by those who are trying to cause harm to the Nurse family. This accusation of practicing witchcraft is serious and is not to be taken lightly. A warrant for the arrest of Rebecca Nurse was issued on March 24, 1692 (Salem Witch Trials Notable Persons). This warrant was issued due to the Putnams accusation that our defendant practices witchcraft.
The Bacons rebellion, King Phillip War , Glorious Revolution was the reason for the Colonial crisis. The power struggle between stubborn, selfish leaders is what caused economic issues, including the right to vote, and a decrease in crop’s for survival. The social class, making the poor an established name of category is what created more crisis. The Salem Witch trials reflected on the colonial crisis in many ways. The puritans, accused women of practicing witchcraft and satanic rituals.
The lies that are told shifts the belief of who knows witchcraft,(comma?) and Abigail Williams uses those lies to gain influence over other people. Two of the people who Abigail has the greatest influence over are Elizabeth Proctor and Tituba. The first person who Abigail has the greatest influence over is Elizabeth Proctor. One reason why Abigail has great influence
The way groupthink is portrayed in “The Crucible” changes our interpretations of how a character is influenced by society, and changes one’s views on life. Groupthink is a major theme that comes up frequently in the play through the work of Salem’s society. A character who is persistently a victim of groupthink is Mary Warren. Mary Warren is a seventeen year old girl who is the servant of the Proctor’s house, and is influenced by groupthink by Abby’s group. Abby’s group of teenage girls is speculated of practicing witchcraft.
All references to witchcraft are connected with fear, suspicion and the collapse of normal social values. In the fervor of the witch trials, Abigail is put on a pedestal by the people of Salem and treated as though she has a direct connection with the Divine. Through cold calculation, Abigail carefully selects the people that she accuses in order to establish her credibility. Thus, she first accuses the town’s social deviants, as she knows the court is already predisposed to convict them. Soon a mere accusation from her becomes enough reason to convict even important, influential people.
Why did people believe in witches and why was witchcraft a crime? By: Kaya Saito Introduction This essay is about why people believed in witches and how witchcraft was a crime.This essay is split into 3 different parts the belief, explaining the belief, and witchcraft crimes. The Witches are from the 16th century to the 17th century in Europe. Witches were usually women sometimes men who made an agreement with the devil to help by causing harm and bringing suffering to innocent people. They are able to cast spells and give people the ‘evil eye’.
People who were thought to be a witch have a choice of blackening their reputation by confessing, or hanging under the false evidence of witchcraft. Through the context of the injustice and paranoia entrancing Americans during the 1950’s, Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, sheds a new light on how the witch hunts of Salem are
In her essay, “The Importance of Work,” from The Feminine Mystique published in 1963, Betty Friedan confronts American women’s search for identity. Throughout the novel, Betty Friedan breaks new ground, concocting the idea that women can discover personal fulfillment by straying away from their original roles. Friedan ponders on the idea that The Feminine Mystique is the cause for a vast majority of women during that time period to feel confined by their occupations around the house; therefore, restricting them from discovering who they are as women. Friedan’s novel is well known for creating a different kind of feminism and rousing various women across the nation. In 1942, Friedan graduated from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and took off to New York City to fulfill her dream of becoming a reporter.
The Causes of the Salem Witch Trials Much of modern America’s fear and infamous interest in witches has been derived most likely from the profound Salem Witch Trials. “The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft,” stated History.com authors. However, many historians still deliberate how such events occurred in the first place. Based on several presented documents, some conclusions suggest that there was a prominent cause to the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials. All in all, the cause of the Salem Witch Trials was the attempt of Salem citizens to either defend or create family
Abigail and the other accusers blamed others in order to escape criticisms. Judge Danforth, to keep his power and pride, refused to recognize that those accused might not be guilty. Lastly, those who dishonestly confessed to being a witch did so to stay alive. These actions drove the town to panic, and made people scramble to place guilt on someone else as well. Clearly, Salem in the late 1600s was a dangerous place to be, with accusations of witchcraft being thrown around with desperation and