Cause And Effect Of The Crucible

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The actual events on which The Crucible was based upon started when Abigail Williams and Elizabeth “Betty” Parris experienced violent and strange fits in 1692 in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. According to more recent scientific studies, the cause of these unholy symptoms were most likely caused by the fungus ergot. Due to the widespread worship of Puritanism at the time, this behavior was thought to be caused by devilish witchcraft. Tituba, Reverend Samuel Parris’s slave, was accused of bewitching the girls. The two girls also claimed that Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn were involved. Thus, these three witches were tried. Good and Osborn pleaded innocent while Tituba “confessed” and also accused more women in the community who were supposedly …show more content…
Soon after, other girls were experiencing similar fits. The community was ridden with panic as the witches accused more people including many respected community figures. The Court of Oyer and Terminer was created specifically by Governor William Phips of Massachusetts to handle the trials of these suspected witches. The first person to be hanged as a witch was Bridget Bishop who was hanged at Gallows Hill on June 10th, 1692. About twenty more townspeople were executed for witchcraft and some died while in jail. Eventually, the public ceased to support the trials and the Court of Oyer and Terminer was dissolved on October 29th, 1692 by Governor Phips. Years later, these trials were considered unjust tragedies by the courts of Massachusetts.
The Crucible happened chronological order and took place during the 1692 Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. The story revolved around this small religious community and how they reacted to suspected witchcraft and sorcery. After a black magic ritual was performed by the girls of the town with the help of Tituba, a slave, two of the girls, Betty and Ruth, fell ill and became
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The townspeople were being easily manipulated by the “witches”. Innocent people were wrongly accused of witchcraft and hanged. Abigail refused to see that her and John’s brief affair would not lead to anything more than an just a past affair. In the end, Abigail’s scheme backfired when John was hanged for witchcraft. She was too stubborn to realize that her nonsense caused everyone in the town to suffer. Even when the life of her lover was threatened, she did not own up to her lies in order to save him. The ending is also irritating because the antagonist, Abigail, won. She escaped punishment by retreating to Barbados. Her lies convinced the court who blindly believed her every word which led to the deaths of many innocents. However, this film could still help further the viewer’s knowledge on the historical Salem witch trials. It recreated the hysteria and chaos that surrounded the small village really well. The film shows the viewer how big a role religion played during this time period. There were far too many unnecessary deaths caused by the hands of a young and foolish woman who thought she could marry a man by getting rid of his wife through false

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