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Digital Component #6: Thesis

Thesis: Throughout the text, Kramer and Sprenger support their argument that women are more likely to be witches by asserting that women are more susceptible to demonic influences, providing anecdotal evidence of the harm witches are able to inflict, exploiting male gender anxieties to enhance the believability of their claims, and establishing the credibility of their ideas about witchcraft by extensively citing church doctrine and the works of other Dominican clergy.

Points of Argument

1. Kramer and Sprenger assert that women are more likely to be witches because of inherent characteristics that make them more prone to spiritual corruption

2. Kramer and Sprenger support their argument by using anecdotes from their experiences as inquisitors to show the real-world truth behind their claims

3. Kramer and Sprenger cite scripture to give their argument about witches and women spiritual authority, thus silencing potential skeptics

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