The events that took place leading up to the witch trials were Bacon’s Rebellion, The Little ice age, and the puritan control of the church and state. Bacon’s rebellion was a rebellion in Virginia against Governor William Berkeley for his failure to address the colonists safety. The Little ice age was a very religious time for the settlers, who thought they were being punished by God. Puritan control of the church and state led people to believe that men were superior and women were evil beings. The witch trials of 1692 were not only motivated by the stringent restrictions of the Puritan faith, but also by the misogynistic social structure that provoked mass hysteria among the sexes.
The main theme of The Crucible is vengeance. The people of the town of Salem weren’t united. They were distrusted towards each other and disliked each other. The girls began accusing other people they disliked for dealing with witchcraft during the court trials. For example, even though the
At this instance, he is indirectly fueling Abigail and the girls to accuse whomever they want to. Judge Danforth’s irrationality bubbles out in this situation, as according to his judiciary system any person accused of witchcraft have no chance of being a defendant due to the absence of a witness. This shows incompetence and irrationality of legal judgments on the part of an experienced Judge such as Danforth. Lastly, Danforth’s poor judgment is also revealed in the instance of the play wherein John proctor sacrifices his name and tell the truth that he and Abigail had committed the crime of Lechery. In order to confirm this Judge Danforth calls Elizabeth Proctor to testify in court, in which she lies, as a result Danforth says “She spoke nothing of lechery, and this man has lied” (Miller 114).
Those who would admit to being a witch would go to jail, but for those who denied having interaction with the devil would have been trialed and hung, so really, anyway you put it it’s a lose-lose situation. Things like politics, religion, imaginations, and fear of people were just some of the main factors of what aided people into believing that Satan was upon the town of Salem. They believed that the humans were with devil and doing as he said which in turn gave them the power to harm others. One girl named Tituba was trying to save herself by confessing to witchcraft. She didn’t just confess but she also accused many other women about being witches and she said that they all were in the “hands of Satan”.
This article is useful to help me understand how the the bullying is potrayed and how it affects a person physically and psychologically. Hannah also got bullied for her appearance, although the situation is quite different from Elaine’s. I’d also like to show that bullying doesn’t always mean a person being directly harmed, either physically or psychologically. Being addressed as the girl who got the best ass in school made her feel insecure about her own body. She felt uncomfortable because people now see her from that specific part of her body.
And Goody Osburn…”(Miller 46-47) This moment shows the Putnams large role in the blaming of witchcraft because after they ask about a name people respond with those exact names although the blaming wasn’t real. Another person who contributed to the witchcraft hysteria is Reverend Parris. Samuel Parris was quick to blame and quick to make bad remarks about people he didn’t like. Most of all Parris wants to keep up his reputation so if word got out that he niece was acting like a barbarian in the woods he would be shamed upon. In the play Parris says, “If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.” This quote
Consider the way that reputation is so important to so many characters in Salem, which is a place where even the most innocuous action or word is enough to crush somebody's reputation. And if either of these characters have a bad reputation then people will know not to trust the ones that have a bad reputation on the line. You can only trust the ones who have good reputations but John Proctor on the other hand he represented why he would not take the document he has good reasons to observe why he didn't want his name to be out
In the first case people are lead to believe that witches are pure evil and something to be frightened and battled, leading to intolerance and prejudice because there is no stronger motivator to violence than fear and hate. People fear what they don’t know. And they battle and avoid what they fear. And most of the time they don’t have even the curiosity to research a bit to understand what they don’t know, to decide by their own what really should be frightened and avoided, they simply accept some supposed truth that has been passed from generation to generation as an absolute reality. Here in Brazil what we see, more than fear is disdain.
Henry David brings up the point that there are people who are opposed to certain issues in the world and sit with their hands in their pockets too afraid to do anything, and claiming out in the open that they have no idea what to do. They wait, he claims, “for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret”. If one desires change, they must join in the fight to cause that change. Voting against a candidate, protesting against an unjust law, civically fighting against an unjust law, are all examples of exercising one’s civic duty. If one looks back to see how much change civil disobedience has caused, one would notice the massive differences between then and now.
Especially when someone has something wrong already. Transgender kids will be bullied twice as much because they are different. If people make the transformation when their older, they will be more apt to better deal with the bullying. Younger aged people will most likely have a harder time coping with the teasing and bullying, which could potentially lead to self harm or even worse. “M.C.