The Salem Witch Trials-The Cruicible

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 comprised of the false accusations and murders of innocent people claimed to be practicing witchcraft and involving themselves in Satanism (the worship and dealings with, or by the devil, in human form). Arthur Miller created the play The Crucible after being influenced by the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950s. The Crucible was a play designed to allude to the hearing while mainly focusing on the 1692 witch trials. Each character in the play is aimed to resemble their counterpart during the 1690s. A main character in the play is the farmer John Proctor. Proctor, as later revealed in the story, had an affair with the young Abigail Williams, niece of the great Reverend Parris. Aside from sleeping with a well-respected member of his society’s niece, Proctor has to suffer the fact that his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, refuses to forgive and trust him ever again. Proctor, because of his actions and his wife’s inability to forgive, develops a high sense of paranoia, which hinders his relationship with his wife and inevitably causing him to also never forgive himself. John Proctor’s true major downfall proceeds later in the story when Abigail starts to accuse villagers of also being witches. Among the accused, was Elizabeth Proctor. During her trial, John Proctor stood up against Abigail, which allowed him to become one of her prime targets. John Proctor is then also accused of witchcraft and is sentenced to death by the noose. When comparing the theatrical story to real life, there are a few parallels that don’t exactly match up. John Proctor, during the film, was roughly in his late twenties, early thirties. Yet historically, it’s proven that Proctor was the age of sixty years old during the Salem Witch Trials and his death. Another important character in both the actual trials and The Crucible was Reverend John Hale. Hale, in the play, was

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