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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 ERGOT POISIONING Ergot of the rye- Plant disease that is caused by the fungus Claviceps purpurea. Description: Dark purplishHabitat: Ergot thrives in warm,damp,rainy springs and summer (nearly all accusers lived in western section of Salem village-a region of swampy meadows). It is believed that symptoms of ergotism have been recorded since the middleages and possibly even as far back as ancient Greece. Early symptoms of poisoninginclude nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, weakness, numbness, itching, and rapid or slow heartbeat. Until 1850s ergot was thought to be part of the plant. Fun Fact: Ergot is also the source of where LSD originated Despite the risk of the poisoning it was used as a medicine as well. Women used it during their periods to treat excessive bleeding.It was also used to help in childbirthbut was stopped when they made a connection to the amount of stillbirths. Age groups that were most impacted by the poisoningwere children 5-14 years old and youths 15-24 years old. PERSONAL MOTIVES Rather than suffer severe and inevitable punishment for their actions, The girls accused other inhabitants of Salem of practicing witchcraft.Ironically, the girls avoided punishment by accusing others of the very things of which they were guilty. Abigail is a young woman who seizes anopportunity to reverse fate. She has had an affair with Proctor, who now refusesto continue the affair out of a mixture of guilt and loyalty to his wife. Abigail enjoys being the chief witness of the court, her chief desire is to obtain Proctor, and she will do anything to bring this about, including self-mutilation and murder. Proctor provides an excellent example. His affair with Abigail results in a fall from grace, not only with hiswife Elizabeth, but also within himself. Proctor believes he is damned and cannot possibly regain Elizabeth's love and respect, not to mention his own self-respect and moral uprightness. Emily DugleDerrick M.GuadalupeJoseBryanAlyssia "Claviceps Purpurea (Ergot)." Ergot-Diseases and History. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015."Clues and Evidence." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015."Bing." Russian Flag Black Outline. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015."The Crucible - Accusations and Manipulations." The Crucible - Accusations and Manipulations. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015."The Crucible By Arthur Miller About The Crucible." About The Crucible. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2015."The Crucible Characters." Flashcards. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.
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