Puritanism During The Salem Witch Trials



The Puritans in the time of the Salem Witch trials showed that it was possible for humans to lose all “rational” thought and blindly condemn people to death. Arthur Miller, a contemporary American playwright, dramatized these proceedings in the attempt to mirror the McCarthy investigations, and show how absurd they truly were.
Arthur Miller says of the Puritans, “They believed, in short, that they held in their steady hands the candle that would light the world. We have inherited this belief, and it has helped and hurt us.” Americans today believe that this country possesses a “candle” for the world, though many would argue over what exactly the “candle” is representative of. The ...

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in the search of this freedom. One of these groups, the Puritans, came in the hope of founding an order composed of pure and untainted Christians. Even today many immigrants, both legal and illegal, come to the United States with the hope of escaping the oppression found in many parts of the world.
Puritanism as a whole was a society of strict, exclusive, conformists who believed they had a predestined path in life. Puritans had a drab, simple way of life with no vain enjoyment. They were very self-righteous, did not believe in leisure, rest or fun, had an intense work ethic and high moral standards. If an act was pleasuring it was of the devil, therefore such harmful things as lechery or dancing were considered evil. Some of the Puritan’s beliefs have helped strengthen the country as Americans realized the idiocy behind them. Such as the idea that no vain enjoyment should be had in life, many wonder what the point of living would be if some enjoyment was not taken from ...

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