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In the following paragraphs I am going to show how Hollywood portrays the Salem Witch Trails and the 1690s compared with what actual happened in history and that in the film The Crucible During the winter of 1691 and 1692 Salem Village had a mass hysteria over the possibility of witchcraft in their village The movie shows this was brought on after Reverend Parris discovered some girls dancing in the woods A black slave known as Tituba supposedly led the rite Tituba was really American Indian Arawak in history though Of course the village believed the girls were practicing magic but it may have been a result of the girls eating some moldy wheat The girls suffered from violent fits The first of the girls to be trailed were Betty Parris and Abigail Williams Movie shows that it was Ruth Putnam whose real name is actually Ann The Parris family is somewhat confusing in the film compared to actually history History shows that Betty Parris also had a brother Thomas and a sister Susannah which were not mentioned in the film at all Also the film says that Bettys mother is dead but according to history she did not die until 1696 Reverend Parris never graduated from Harvard as stated in the movie He did attend for a short while but later dropped out Even though most people believe those young girls were the only ones accused also grown men and women were too History tells about how a neighbors pig fell astray into the Nurse familys yard and Rebecca Nurse yelled at her neighbor Soon after the neighbor feel ill and died of a stroke Arthur Miller the original writer admits in the introduction to the play that he boosted Abigail Williams age to 17 even though the real girl was only 11 but he never mentions that John Proctor was 60 and Elizabeth 41 was his third wife Proctor was not
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