Salem, Massachusetts Essays

  • Salem Massachusetts 1692 Research Paper

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    Fear The Court, Love Your God! Salem Massachusetts 1692, the early americas, still under the control of Great Britain. Early settlers daily life consisted of farming, church, cooking and what not. It was a necessity for men and boys to farm to provide food for the family, and to sell at market. For women it was a necessity to take care of the home and for younger girls it was common to get married off at a young age. Another necessity for all early settlers was to go to church all the time.

  • The Salem Witch Trials: The Cause Of The Massachusetts Bay Trial

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    The Massachusetts Bay Experiment was a colony founded on extreme puritan principal. It was to be a community of “Visible Saints”, for all other religions to look upon, where they could practice their puritan beliefs freely. Whenever there was a problem within the colony the puritans always looked to the church for answers. Since this was such a theocratic society, one could see just how an event such as The Salem Witch Trials could occur. Many historians attribute the cause of the Salem witch trials

  • Salem Massachusetts And The Lottery: Literary Analysis

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    Chaos… the total lack of order… Stephen Vincent Benet and Shirley Jackson show in their respective books; Salem Massachusetts and The Lottery how chaos in society is. We know that Benet’s story talks about the witch trials in the 1691’s and Jackson’s story makes us live a long lasting tradition of a weird lottery that involves killing innocents. In fact, Chaos is a main theme found in both books through the actions, the thoughts and the feelings vehiculed/transmitted by the main characters of each

  • Ergotism In Salem Village, Massachusetts 1662

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    In Salem Village, Massachusetts 1662, two-hundred people became inaccurately accused, hundreds imprisoned, and twenty-four executed. What historical event caused this? In the fall of 1661, nine girls began exhibiting possession like symptoms and the situation seemed to have only one explanation, witchcraft; however, the symptoms they experienced caught the eyes of historians and resembles a disease known today as Ergotism. The start of the accusations began in Autumn of 1661, nearly one year

  • The Puritan Beliefs Of Witchcraft In Salem, Massachusetts In 1692

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    “I am no more a witch than you are a wizard. If you take my life away, God will give you blood to drink” was quoted by Sarah Good, one of the first witches of the Salem Witch Trials that was speculated to have bewitched Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris. This was a common theme in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. There are many theories against Good and her speculated practice of witchcraft. Good was considerably lower in economic status that most of her neighbors and a lot of people accused her

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Research Paper

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804 and passed away on May 19, 1864. Hawthorne was the only son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Clark Hathorne (Manning). His father was a sea-captain, died of yellow fever in 1808 when Hawthorne was four years old. Hawthorne suffered from a leg injury at an early age which left him immobile for several months. He developed an appetite for reading in his months of immobility and decided he wanted to become a writer.

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Allegories

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne, born in Salem Massachusetts on July 4th 1804, is a famous American novelist as well as a short story writer. Two of his most famous novels include: The Scarlett letter (1850) and The House of Seven Gables (1851). Throughout a lot of his writing Hawthorne uses symbolism and allegories, this is what makes him a frequently studied author. Nathaniel Hawthorne is brought up as a Puritan. Hawthorne’s ancestors play a large part in the Salem witch trials. One of his earlier ancestors

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Influences

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    throughout the Romantic period of the early 1800’s. Born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, Nathaniel grew up in a relatively poor household. Devastatingly, his father died during a sea voyage in 1908 and ultimately left his family scrambling to find a way to recover and survive. As a result of this, Nathaniel and his family were forced to move in permanently with their wealthier relatives, the Manning’s, in Salem for ten years before eventually moving to Maine. During his time in Maine, Nathaniel

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Research Paper

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem Massachusetts, on July 4, 1804. His relatives were all Puritans. They were all very strict, religious, and disciplined. His father was a sea captain who died of yellow fever while at sea. His family did not have very good financial support after the death of his father. He is often known to be connected to the Salem Witch Trials and changed his name so people wouldn’t connect him with that. Nathaniel Hawthorne decided to become a writer after a leg injury which

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Research Paper

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4th 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was born in the same house his father was born in. His mother, Elizabeth Clarke Manning, married Nathaniel’s father in 1801. He had two sisters, Elizabeth, who was born in 1802, and Maria Louisa, who was born in 1808. In 1962, Nathaniel’s great-great grandfather, John Hawthorne, was one of the three judges in the Salem witchcraft trials. “The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Influences

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on the 4th of July 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts; a town still haunted by the history of its horrific witch trials. Despite Hawthorne’s desires he was unable to erase his family's actions in regards to the public woman of a Quaker women. His earliest American ancestor, William Hathorne, was the magistrate who had ordered this sentence on the woman – he defended this brutal attack on the basis that he was a strict defender of Puritan orthodoxy. William’s son, John Hathorne

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Research Paper

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        Hawthorne’s life started on July 4, 1804 in Salem Massachusetts. From birth, Hawthorne’s life was very much centered around the puritan religion. Hawthorne’s early ancestor, William Hathorne, was one of the first judges in the [at the time] new city of Salem after emigrating to America during 1630. William Hathorne became infamous for his harsh punishment. William’s son, John, also held an infamous position as one of three judges during the Salem witch trials. Because of this, Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Roger Malvin's Burial And Young Goodman Brown

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem Massachusetts as Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel added the “w” to his last name in his early 20’s in order to hide himself from his relationship to a magistrate named John Hathorne who did not apologize for his shameful involvement in the Salem witch trials. Hawthorne was also a descendant of a long line of puritan ancestors. Among these ancestors was William Hathorne who was among the first puritan settlers to arrive in New England in 1603.

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter And The House Of Seven Gables

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American author who is most famous for writing The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. He was born July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts as Nathaniel Hathorne. He later added the “w” later in his life to distinguish himself from his ancestors, such as John Hathorne, who dappled in the Salem witch trials. After graduating from college, Hawthorne submerged himself in researching his ancestral roots and his Puritan past. His research helped to push him into writing

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Research Paper

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    III 9 March 2017 Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American author who lived from 1804 to 1864. Nathaniel lived a fulfilling life, writing many books and reading many more. Hawthorne was given life on July 4, 1804. “Born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Hathorne and Elizabeth Clarke (Manning) Hathorne. Both his father and his mother came from a line of lean-jawed Puritans” (Kunitz 347) Hawthorne’s father was the captain of a ship, who set sail on a voyage in 1808. Lost

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne And Transcendentalism

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    component of this prominent circle of Massachusetts writers and philosophers. Additionally, Hawthorne was a founding member of Brook Farm, which was one of the first experimental, transcendentalist, utopian, and communal living area. Yet, despite all of his changing viewpoints, upon return from his experimenting, Sophia Peabody was waiting for him and they got married promptly. After marrying, the couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, and finally,

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Research Paper

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    Hawthorne was an American short story writer, romance novelist, and poet. He’s also best known for his fiction work. He was born July 4, 1804 in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. As known, Salem is recognized by being the place of witch trials, which links to Hawthorne’s family history. His ancestor was John Hathorne; the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never felt ashamed of his actions. Nathaniel later added a "w" to make his name "Hawthorne" in order to hide this relation. At the age

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne The Minister's Black Veil

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    Ellisa Gladney 29 March 2016 English 214 Dr. McCray Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1804, into the sixth generation of his Salem family. His ancestors included businessmen, judges, and seamen—all Puritans, a strict religious discipline. Nathaniel Hawthorne is best known for The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. According to, the work of

  • Guilt In The Scarlet Letter

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    there are many obvious effects of sin and guilt throughout the book, where if might affect a person in a bad way. Hester Prynne is often judged wherever she goes, whether it be her hometown or on top of the scaffold. Even in her own town of Salem, Massachusetts she is judged

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Research Paper

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    interesting fact is that he had later added a “w” to his name to separate his self from his ancestors of this time in history (“Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography”). Nathaniel Hawthorne came to this earth in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804