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Historical Accuracy In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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In 1953 a play is written by Arthur Miller, a man questioned by the House Representatives for believing in a communist reform. A man who had refused to give up the names of others at communist meetings would be convicted of contempt of Congress, issued a fine, given a prison sentence, blacklisted, and even disallowed a US passport. All this lead to Arthur Miller writing a play called The Crucible. A play which was set in Salem, Massachusetts in the years 1692-93, the time of the Salem Witch Trials. One of the points Miller expressed was history repeating itself, showing that America was going on a “witch hunt” for those who believed in communism, just as the people of Salem went on a witch hunt for those who practiced witchcraft. Miller, having historical accuracy in his play, got the point across that history had repeated itself, yet the historical accuracy might not have been perfect in the play, mainly because plays can overlook environmental detail and will change aspects of events to add a sense of drama. Following the play were filmed adaptions which were more likely to be accurate historically since films are given more freedom with sites they can film at and editing that can be done to further enhance an event in history. The film adaptions of The Crucible are more accurate than any stage performance of it for three simple reasons; Consistency, the portrayal of characters/environments, and the addition of historical detail. Most acting troupes have a unique quirk,
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