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An Overview of the Salem Witch Trials in 17th Century and the Model of The Crucible, a Play by Arthur Miller
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The Salem Witch Craft Trials began in 1692 due to illness upon two young girls Betty Parris and Abigail Williams which could not be diagnosed The girls were victim to hallucinations and seizures The Salem Village doctor was unable to diagnose any true illness so concluded that the girls had been bewitched In recent studies they thought that they might have suffered from encephalitis lethargica though this is not a fact The symptoms from the medical condition describe the same symptoms that one can get from eating moldy rye wheat bread which was what the scientists in 1970 concluded In this paper I will show you the fact and fiction of The Crucible written by the famed playwright Authur Miller and directed by Nicholas Hytner starring Winona Ryder and Daniel Day Lewis The first witchcraft accusation took place in the Salem Village at the end of February 1692 the accused being a Parish of the town at the time In the beginning of the movie there was a group of girls dancing around a fire and trying to conjure the boys that they loved and wanted to be loved back by Tituba was the leader of the dancing and the wild riots that took place in the woods that Reverend Parris walked up upon in the movie Margo Burns author of Authur Millers The Crucible Fact Fiction tells us that this never happened However he tells us that some of the girls tried to discover the occupations of their future husbands with an egg in a glass what now would be crystal ball style In Millers tale he portrays Abigail as a love hungry seventeen year old who is in love with John Proctor a married man so as revenge for not being able to have him she creates wild hysteria in the town Burns states that the accused were really just oddballs that the community tacitly approved getting rid of but most of
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