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The history books all describe the Holocaust and slavery but they never really explain the horrors of the Salem Witch Trials All of these tragedies in history have one thing in common many innocent people were killed due to prejudices against others The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play that entertains while at the same time educates by telling the story of this horrible time of the Salem Witch Trials in a small village in Massachusetts Set in 1692 it is a story of several girls who decide to accuse many innocent people of witchcraft Many of the townspeople although they know it is wrong go along with the girls anyway in fear of being convicted One character in particular though stands out from these people because he defends what he knows is right John Proctor a small farmer in Salem stands up for what he believes in while nearly everyone else in the village of Salem gives into the mass hysteria In Act I of the play the reader learns that Reverend Parriss daughter has fallen ill and the village believes that it is an act of witchcraft When Reverend Hale comes to the Parriss home to see if he can help he Giles Corey and John Proctor begin discussing the current issue at hand When Hale inquires Proctor on his thoughts Giles jumps in with He dont believe in witches Miller 35 While Proctor does not agree to this statement he does not deny the fact either like others would do given the circumstances I never spoke on witches one way or another Miller 35 he responds While most would become very defensive when faced with this situation Proctor coolly states that he never said this Although he is not outright saying this statement is true he does not disagree to it either Next in Act II of the piece Reverend Hale comes to the Proctors home to discuss a few matters
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