Salem Witch Trials In The Crucible

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Running Head: WITCHES IN SALEM

The Occurrences of Witches in Salem

Amber James

Kankakee Valley High School

The Occurrences of Witches in Salem

Amber James

Kankakee Valley High School

Introduction

In 1692, the witch trials swept through Salem, Massachusetts, Europe, and New England. Later on in 1953, Arthur Miller wrote his play “The Crucible.” Miller historically based his play off of the Salem witch trials. Most of the content used in this play was accurate to what actually happened during these trials while other parts were fictionalized. These trials, while fascinating, are also a significant part of our nation’s history. They were foretelling how our society reacts when faced with a potential threat.

Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials began in the spring of 1692 when a group of girls from the Salem Village claimed that they were
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Troubles regarding communism had taken hold in America, resulting in anyone suspected to being tied to the Communist Party being blacklisted. The time between these two events in American history along with the timing of the play’s publication help to make this subtheme even clearer. “Miller’s play of the Salem witch trials, occurring the same time as the Red Scare and “witch hunt” for communists in American government and society was an early, and particularly influential allegory for the hysteria that can afflict entire populations if the conditions are right and the wrong leaders rise to the top” (The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, 2011). The witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts are now a metaphor for American society when it is at it’s most paranoid and self-destructive point. The significance of the actions that took place in 1692 still remain as important today as they were when Arthur Miller illustrated the historical similarities of 1692 Salem and early 1950s Washington

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