When thinking of witchcraft, one’s mind immediately goes to a woman with green skin, moles, and a pointy nose. Witches stand around a cauldron with their wild hair, summoning spirits or fly around terrorizing those around them. However, as we find out in Arthur Miller’s 1952 play, The Crucible, the accused were anything but. The victims accused of witchcraft within The Crucible were targeted for not fitting the social norms of the time, breaking Puritan code, or posing a threat to someone else. In our world today, we can still see the effects of the Salem Witch trials through accusing those who are on the margins of deeds we don’t want to take responsibility for.
This also reveals the character of the three witches by relating the insane root to how insane and abnormal the witches are. This line also mentions that the root is dug up at night which adds an evil aspect to the scene, and suggests the witches are up to no good. Another example is when the soldiers cut down trees and carry them into battle. The messenger gives this news to Macbeth and he retells the prophecy, “‘Fear not, till Birnam Wood/ Do come to Dunsinane’, and now a wood/ Comes toward Dunsinane.” (V.v.43). After so much death in this play, the trees represent a new beginning that will come with the defeat of Macbeth.
Abigail and her group of friends around found in the forest doing witchcraft to get their love interest to fall for the however they are caught by her uncle Parris and instead of confessing and telling the truth she lies to her uncle Parris by claiming she was just dancing. Due to her act Abigail’s sister Betty is unconscious and the whole town is convinced it’s witchcraft, causing mayhem throughout the community also known as mass hysteria. In the book The Tipping point it states “... convinced that he is being contaminated by some unseen evil- in the past it was demons and spirits; nowadays it tends to be toxings and gases.” This is how mass hysteria is starts, a collective illusion which if clearly shown in the play. In the play Abigail proclaims, “She lies! She sends her spirit into me, and makes me laugh at prayer!
“Double, double toil and trouble” In the beginning of act IV, scene I, the speakers are the three weird sisters, also called witches. Have been sent by Hecate (in act III, scene V), their master and greek goddess of magic, to correct the great unbalance they have created (by convincing Macbeth to kill King Duncan) and take Macbeth off the throne. They use a creepy lyrical tone as they recite a poem and create a potion to summon apparitions. This poem has a lot of imagery and figurative language, very unique combinations of sound and rhythm, and a recurring theme, creating a perfect potion to achieve exactly what they want “Cool it with a baboon’s blood, Then the charm is firm and good.” As the sisters add elements to the caldron they paint a picture of the ingredients using imagery. The first ingredient “Toad, that under cold stone Days and nights has thirty-one Swelter’d venom sleeping has got.” is a toad that has been sweating poison thirty-one days under a cold stone.
(Bronte, 82). Another essential gothic setting in Jane Eyre is Thornfield Hall. Everything in here appear to be old, almost forgotten `a shrine of memory`. Jane thought of it to be a stagnant place and she, as a young woman of only eighteen years old, was right. The Thornfield Hall presents itself to be the most gothic setting from all mentioned above: it has long, dark and mysterious halls, strange, enigmatic goblin like laughs and most important of all, it had the mad woman in the attic that set Rochester`s bed in fire, who came and rent Jane`s veil, who bit and cut Mason with her own
Black also means power. The wicked witch wanted to have the power over everything and everyone. She proved how wicked and powerful she was by enslaving the munchkins. They say that the wicked witch of the east represents
Female power in Macbeth The three witches Apart from Lady Macbeth, who is the most relevant character related to gender and power issues, the three witches are instrumental in starting the action that leads to so much tragedy. In the manner of Lady Macbeth, they try to break gender barriers, and they are represented as evil for two reasons. On the one hand, when Christianity was established witches were associated with the devil. On the other hand, Shakespeare wrote Macbeth with King James I in mind, and he wrote a book on wizardry. Many of the ideas that the king expressed to the public were included in Macbeth, such as predicting the future.
“The Crucible by Author Miller is a fictional play that retells the historical event of the Salem Witch Trials that took place in a minute puritan village in Massachusetts in 1992. Miller fixates on the revelation of several girls and a slave, Tituba, dancing around in the woods endeavoring to conjure spirits from the dead. To avoid punishment for their demeanor, the girls started to accuse others of the same thing they were guilty of. This finger pointing game was very juvenile and they engendered a community in which everyone feared that everyone was a potential witch. The number of arrests increased and so did the distrust within the community.
Macbeth Essay (G.C.B) Nigel Tang ENG2D In the book ‘ Macbeth’ , the story revolves around Macbeth and his ambition of powder and accomplishes it by murdering the people above him and in his way. Moreover that, Shakespeare uses the different elements which are unnatural, supernatural and insomnia to set up the theme of Great Chain of Being. Firstly, author uses unnatural things related to the disorders of Great Chain of being. The supernatural power in the story shows the disorders of Great chain of being. For example, when the witches are always arises in the lighting and thunder weather.
He uses supernatural themes, violent themes and more. He is able to show the audience the influence of fate and free will have on people and how their lives were effected. As Macbeth rises in power he seeks advice form the witches and fear of being overthrown he starts killing those who he think are a threat to the throne. Quote from the third witch, “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter! Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.
The book by Rosalyn Schanzers Witches! The absolutely true tale of disaster in salem gives information about the salem witch trials.The surroundings of the trials(such as weather)changed from winter all the way through spring 1692.They also were very paranoid of a lot of things.Such as witches and the devil.The main theories i will state are Reasons for the witch hunts. One thing that might have caused the witch trials is profit, “ Mary Walcott ,Anns step cousin ,named an astonishing 69 witches”(page 56). This almost proves that she might have been accusing people for money/profit. “Abigail Williams, fingered 41 different witches for attacking her; Ann Putnam Jr. accused 53;her servant Mercy Lewis named 54; and a girl named Mary Walcott who was Ann’s step-cousin, named an astonishing 69 witches”(page 56).
Abigail forces the girls of Salem to dance in the woods with her to help conjure spirits and make the charm to kill Goody Proctor. Abigail threatens the girls right after Betty took fright by saying, “let either of you breathe a word or the edge of a word about the other things and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” (Miller, 144). Later on as the trials prolong Mary Warren turns on Abby and is telling the court that she lied. When Abigail then accuses Mary of witchcraft she turns back to Abby and obeys her once again. The fact that Abigail has this much power, not just in the court, but over other people as well helps her to essentially control the whole
Dahl makes this exact case on the first page of his book, which is a mock preface for the reader, the title being “A Note about Witches” (7). In this preface, he immediately informs the audience the difference between fairy tale witches and his “real” ones: “in fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks…REAL WITCHES [sic] dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work ORDINARY JOBS [sic]” (7). He feels that it is necessary to emphasize the point that what he is talking about is different than what a child is used to hearing about witches from fairytales. He is giving them something they don’t usually see but what they craved.
To what extent can society be blamed for an individual’s actions? In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, this question is addressed, with a group of girls from Puritan society as the example. The Crucible tells the story of the Salem witch trials in the 1690’s. After being discovered dancing and participating in illegal activity in the woods, a group of girls cry witchcraft instead of admitting to their wrongdoings. While these girls are in no way exempt from the blame for the events in the play, the blame can also be placed upon the strictness of Puritan society.