The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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In the year 1692, an outcry of witchcraft took place in Salem, Massachusetts. This outcry lasted for about one year and by the time it ended, nearly twenty people were hung for being suspected of witchcraft and many others were accused of it (Burns, People Accused). Many people are aware of the Salem Witchcraft Trails, but many do not know what truly happened in those dark days. The reason behind this is because of the critically acclaimed play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Though Miller does state that his play is not completely historically accurate (Miller, A Note), he does not say just how inaccurate his play actually is. So the question now is, what is true about the trails and what is false? Thorough the works of different historical accurate resources, the truth of what really happened during the Salem Witchcraft trails will be revealed. The first thing that will be clarified is who the Parris family was. In The Crucible, Reverend Parris is a widower that lives with his ten year-old daughter, Betty (3). He is the third reverend that Salem has had in the past seven years (Miller, The Crucible 28) and his style of preaching is not liked by all of the people in town. Some of the town’s people stopped going to church because of how he taught (Miller, The Crucible 61-62). In the play, Parris is the one who finds Abigail and Betty, along with some other girls, dancing in the woods (9). He is also described as a greedy man. This is portrayed through his over concern…

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