The Annotated Bibliography
Amari Whitaker, Aaron Johnson, Avery Johnson
AP Language & Composition
22 April 2014
In “A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials” (2007), Jess Blumberg discusses the many perspectives that have been brought about, about Salem Witch Trials. Blumberg gives emphasis on how many people believed “that the Devil could give certain people known as witches the power to harm others in return for their loyalty”. Therefore the author concentrates on being realistic, he goes on to talk about how government assumed that people were witches and the women who were really possessed “were brought before the local magistrates and interrogated for several days, starting on March 1, 1692”. Jess Blumberg’s attended audiences are people who may
In the well written “Arthur Miller Biography (2001)”. Rachel Gavin collaborates on the literary achievements throughout Arthur Miller’s life. Gavin formatted the biography by discussing his style of writing, and the reasoning behind his award winning plays and literary works. The author highlights one of his famous works The Crucible in order to support his credibility as an author. Gavin most likely wrote this to inform people of why Miller won the awards he did and to supply them with some background of who he really is.
In “The liberal Media” (2013), Piper Hoffman argues that conservatives are accusing journalist of being biased, which is not what you want to be called if you are a top notch journalist, and it is unfair to the journalist because if they report the news objectively the news will not be fully understood and it will cause republicans to gain more voters and they are aware of this. The author develops her thesis by using ethos, which means she used very credible sources when using her evidence. The author’s apparent purpose is to make people aware of how the media is being treated and how the republicans are using objectivity as an advantage in the polls in order to let the public know that this is the reason for the misleading reports. The authors intended audience is the general public because they are the people who are watching the news and they want to know what’s going on.
In “McCarthyism” (2006), the unidentified author suggests that the U.S. citizens were being overwhelmed with the “threat of communism growing in Eastern Europe and China”. The author supports his article by explaining the accusations that were made by Sen. Joseph McCarthy when it came down to the prevention of communism. The explanation on how innocent people were thrown into the category, “communist”, was thoroughly explained in order for the author to be able to have use of historical periods during the 20th-century. The author’s article could be considerably addressed to those that are looked upon as leaders in the U.S, and it could also be an influence on how they perform while working because they will be able to have a better outlook on individuals during different situations in the U.S.
In “Senator Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the witch hunt”, Joyce oh and Amanda Latham argues that McCarthyism had a negative impact on citizens and how McCarthyism was created for political gain. The authors developed their thesis by using tone, which gave the reader a sense of how wrong, and immoral McCarthyism was. The author’s apparent purpose is to inform and vilify McCarthyism in order to show how innocent people were wrongly accused of communism and how it brought fear to everybody. The intended audience is corrupt politicians, to show how their actions affect other people.
In the nonfictional article “Witch Craft in the 21st Century ”(2011), Mary Schons dissects the background of witch hunts and the relation of them to modern times. Schons formats the essay into sections to easily display the information of witch craft in a(n) lucid order, she also includes the most famous trials of those in Salem. She uses many historical references to witch like circumstances in order to defend her position. Schons accurately provides this information to those who are familiar with the witchcraft.
In the article “The Salem Witch Trails”(2000), the background of the witch trials was explained. The author reveals helpful background information of the cause and trials of the Salem Witch Trials. The author even focuses one trial In particular, the trial of Martha Corey, in order to provide and a concrete example to aid in accurate comprehension of these trials. This article would appeal to anyone interested in the Salem Witch Trials and help clarify some aspects of The Crucible.