One of the first notable persons to found the idea of wicca was Charles Leland (Carroll). He was an author and folklorist in the 1800s who wrote Aradia: Gospel of the witches (Carroll). This book regarded information gathered from a supposed Italian sorceress called Maddalena about the goddess Diana, though there was little credibility for it (Carroll). After him was Margaret Murray, who wrote about the time period where witches were burned and brought up the idea that witches were part of an ancient pagan religion in Europe (world religions professor). Then in the early 1900s Gerald Gardner wrote various accounts revolving around a coven he joined in 1939 (Carroll).
Some of them clarifies the author criticisms are the Salem Village, the pink ribbons on Faith’s hat, the fellow traveler, the staff, and using of the term “faith”, and the forest. I founded interesting that the author noticed that the Salem village is the center of the witchcraft misbelief. By everything the evil noted in Goodman Brown; it makes sense that Hawthorne would use a Salem village for this story. In my reflection about the story, I realize that is a place where the events continuously happened because it has a different incidents or devices that are widely found in the literature and recognized as motifs appear. Hawthorne, Nathaniel.
The play was not only inspired by the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts in 1692 but the McCarthy trials during the 1950’s. The play centers around the extreme behavior that can result from dark desires and hidden agendas. And as one reads this historical drama they discover many universal and enduring themes. Three universal themes that I will discuss are good vs. evil, justice, and religion. The first theme that I will discuss is religion.
Moreover, the first paragraph is an introduction to the play and a quick presentation of the beginning of Act 5 Scene 1 and what caused Lady Macbeth’s hallucinations. The second section talks about the first interpretation of a reader that comes from the nineteenth century where everything that had no explanation, happened because of witchcraft. The third paragraph talks about the second interpretation from a reader of a modern era where hallucinations are only based on scientific proof. Finally, the fourth and final paragraph is a wrap up of the three previous paragraphs with the only focus of summarizing the main arguments of the analysis. Word Count: 229 Response Macbeth is a moderately short play without a major subplot, and it is
Shakespeare uses equivocation to develop Macbeth’s character and advance the plot along Duncan’s murder. The three witches in the play are notorious for their equivocation; all of their prophecies use equivocation. Their first prophecy is found in 1.3.48-50 where the prophesize Macbeth’s kingship: “All
A crucible can be defined in two definitions and one being, a piece of laboratory equipment used to hold and heat up liquids. How does this relate to the story? It only relates to science. On the contrary, this definition is relevant to the story. In one of the scenes, Parris and Hathorne are talking about the Salem community and what is happening due to the witchcraft trials.
Wicca is a pagan nature-based, fertility-oriented religion, and although it has many roots to the “old ways” and ancient practices, Wicca as it currently stands is a fairly new religion, technically started by Gerald Gardner in the 1940s. Gardner reconstructed and reinvented ancient beliefs and practices to fit a modern age. Wiccans observe the turn of the seasons and the cycle of the moon. Wiccans embrace the existence of two main deities: the Goddess and the God. The moon and its changing phases are often considered the embodiment of the Goddess, while the sun is said to symbolize the God.
Richard Godbeer presented an excellent picture on how puritan life was structured, how it functioned, and how they perceived the super natural in this novel. Reading "Escaping Salem," I was thrown several different scenarios displaying how witchcraft was addressed in early puritan society and how they reacted towards it. The supposedly bewitching of Katherine Branch showed the reader how the people of Stamford and the court system handled the act of witchcraft. After reading this novel, I can say that I do believe the accused in the Stamford witchcraft trial received a fair trial. In early puritan society, the communities were very close.
To begin with, Reverend Hale thought that he has authority due to his incredible power of finding and curing spiritual problems. In the story, people of Salem think that Betty has witchcraft. In order to figure out, the community calls, Reverend Hale, “spiritual doctor”, so he can examine Betty, Parris’s daughter, for witchcraft symptoms or a cure to a spiritual problem. When Hale enters the Parris’ house, Parris, minister of Salem, insisted to carrying the books. After Parris carries the book he mentioned that the books were heavy.