The Crucible Movie Essay

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The movie, The Crucible, is centered on the Salem Massachusetts witch trials of 1692. The movie is based on the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. It follows Abigail Williams, Betty Parris, and Ruth Putnam whose name was changed from the historically correct Ann Putnam as to not get mixed up with her mother who bears the same name, as they go around the Puritan community accusing women of being witches and causing mass hysteria in the town. The ages of the girls involved have been increased from about 11 to 17 (Online). There are many historical inaccuracies throughout the film to make it more dramatic and entertaining to the audience. The movie begins and already the filmmakers have dramatized how the hysteria began. In the movie, it is said that the young women and the slave Tituba were dancing and killing chickens and wishing death to men’s wives when historically the girls gathered in the evenings in the home of…show more content…
I love Daniel Day-Lewis and his superb acting but I am not a big fan of Winona Ryder and they unfortunately cancel each other out to make a passable movie. As for representing the Salem Witch Trials, it seemed to stick with the story even though it had to dramatize and add love triangles to make sure the audience does not fall asleep. I learned much about the Salem Witch Trials, such as, that a man was hanged and not just women, and that another was pressed with stones until he died. I would consider it good history because it gives you the events and in order of which they happened. I would hope after seeing this film that the audience was intrigued with the lies, deceit, and hysteria that it showed and will go out and do their own research and not take any Hollywood historical film at face value. I would recommend it because it portrays the lives of the Puritans and the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials well and as historically accurate as a film not required to put you to sleep can

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