Witches, Midwives, and Nurses Setting & Symbolism

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The Malleus Maleficarum or Hammer of Witches

The Malleus Maleficarum (commonly translated as Hammer of Witches) is a medieval guide to witch hunting. This document proves that witch hunts were not the result of spontaneous mass-hysteria but were rather "well-organized campaigns, initiated, financed, and executed by Church and State" (36). Since it was written by two reverends, this document also illustrates the powerful role of the Church in the organization and encouragement of medieval witch trials. This book outlines and defines witchcraft, while associating its "crimes" with female sexuality, devilry, and obstetrics.

The Nurse's Lamp

The image of the glamorous lady with the lamp is the primacy symbol of the Nightingale nurse. The lamp and the lady who carries it represent the nursing profession as the embodiment of upper-class femininity. This image furthers the stereotype of nursing as a natural extension of a woman's inherent mothering instincts and presents...

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