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Papers On Superstition, Cults & More Ancient Beliefs
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Religion and Power / The Politics of Religion in England from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century
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This 8 page paper considers the hypothesis that religion is ultimately a tool that is used to control people. Example of the crusades, King Henry VIII and the witch hunts are cited to demonstrate this relations between religion power and control.The bibliography cites 8 sources.
Filename: TErelpow.rtf

Witchcraft in Europe
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This 5 page paper considers the view of witchcraft in Europe according to E. W Monter’s book, ‘European Witchcraft’. The view of the church as represented by the Malleus Maleficarum and later by Martin Luther and John Calvin are discussed. The bibliography cites 1 source.
Filename: TEeurowc.rft

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 / The Economic, Social, and Anthropological Impact of Puritan Thought
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This 20 page paper takes a look at the Salem witch trials of 1692, especially the trials of Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osbourne, and considers the impact of Puritan thought on the actions taken against these women. As an extension, this paper also considers the impact of these Puritan ideals on the economic, social and anthropological perspectives of the era. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
Filename: MHwitch.wps

Witchcraft and the Influences on Western Culture
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This 9 page paper considers the nature of witchcraft and the influences on Western culture. In particular, this paper focuses first on the Salem Witch Trials, and then the Wiccan traditions, and how anti-Wiccan sentiments began first in Europe during the Crusades. This paper also considers modern versions of the witch trials, arguing that modern perspectives on the Wiccan traditions have created definable prejudices against modern day paganism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: MHWiccan.wps

Understanding Paganism
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3 pages in length. When one hears the word “Pagan,” what is often immediately conjured up is the image of Satanism, witchcraft and all things that are evil. This highly inaccurate perception has plagued Pagan worshippers throughout the centuries, with that misunderstanding permeating well into the twentieth century, in spite of the fact that the true meaning behind Paganism is completely the opposite of what has always been accepted. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: TLCpagan.doc

'The Caine Mutiny' Film in a Historical Context
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A 6 page paper which examines the underlying message of the 1954 film, 'The Caine Mutiny,' particularly in terms of how it addressed America's Communist paranoia, climaxed by the 'witch hunts' being conducted by Senator Joseph McCarthy during that time. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Macbeth / The Control of The Witches
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In 5 pages, the author argues the thesis that Macbeth in William Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' is controlled by the witches. The question of whether or not Macbeth is independent in his thinking or whether he is controlled by witches is one that is cause for debate. Witches have long been thought to have power over mere mortals. If the witches did not control him, they did plant the seeds of ideas in his head, and this is what controlled Macbeth. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: PCmacwit.doc

Shakespeare’s Macbeth as Psychological Victim
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A 5 page paper looking at Shakespeare’s indecisive protagonist in terms of the way he is victimized by both his wife and the witches. The paper argues that because he could not get his dreams of grandeur out of his mind, others were able to play on his weaknesses and bring about his downfall. No additional sources.
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Thematic Considerations On Witchcraft
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25 pages in length. An in-depth analysis of the occult, witchcraft's themes and practices including the 'evil eye' etc.; The writer examines witch craft's history, various theological perspectives, the concept of salvation, the possibility of Hell, cults, and much more. Bibliography lists approximately 20 sources.
Filename: Witchthe.doc

William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth / The Theme of Supernatural: Ghosts, and Witches
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In 5 pages, the author compares and contrasts the theme of supernatural in 'The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark' and 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' by William Shakespeare. In the plays, there are many themes. One of the most apparent themes in each play is that of the supernatural. There are ghosts in 'The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,' and there are a ghost, a floating dagger, three witches, and prophetic apparitions in 'The Tragedy of Macbeth.' Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: PChammac.doc

Witchcraft and Sex
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A 6 page discussion of witchcraft in the United States. Discusses the misconception that sexual promiscuity and misdeed are an integral part of witchcraft. Concludes that witchcraft accusations are almost always targeted at women and that these accusations can be associated with the tendencies of others to resent anything that is unusual or different. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: PPwitch.wps

Women & Christian Witch Hunts During The Reformation
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During the Reformation era, persecution of women whom the Catholic Church perceived to be 'witches' was at an all-time high. This 12 page paper examines sociopolitical issues from that time as well as specific theological views on witchery and witchcraft. It is argued that fear and ignorance towards women (i.e., 'the transformation of the witch from wanton woman to bad wife') led to much of the scare and confusion. A final section also compares the persecution of women as witches during the Reformation with that of Jewish people during the same period. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Filename: Witchcra.doc


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