Salem Witchcraft Trials vs. the Crucible Essay

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Salem Witch Craft In 1962 the penalty of witchcraft was to be hung or smashed. There was a big outburst of witchcraft and spells that were going around among the people of Massachusetts in 1962. Some of the women of Salem began the witchcraft many people started to catch on and fallow them. A lot of these people were hung do to what the bible said about the wrongs of witchcraft. When these women of Salem Massachusetts started to do witchcraft and pass it on to other people they were put on trial for their actions, which at the time was, illegal. It had caught on all over England and was spreading fast. Arthur Miller made a play called the Crucible that was about the Salem witchcraft trials. Arthur miller took the historical …show more content…
“Rev. Paris did not graduate from Harvard, but he did attend before he dropped out. Rebecca Nurse was hanged on July 19, John Proctor on August 19, and Martha Corey on September 22” (Burns 2). They were not all hung on the same day. Reverend Hale did not sign any death warrants, as he said he had signed 17 in the play. That was not for the clergy to do. William Stoughton signs both existing death warrants. The elderly George Jacobs was not accused of sending his spirit in through the window to lie on the Putnam's daughter. The smashing of a man with rocks while he was on trial was only done to try to get him to confess before it killed him.
“Giles Corey was not executed for refusing to name a witness, as in the movie. The play is accurate: he was accused of witchcraft, and refused to enter a plea, which held up the proceedings, since the law of the time required that the accused enter a plea. He was pressed to death with stones, but the method was used to try to force him to enter a plea so that his trial could proceed. Corey probably realized that if he was tried at all, he would be executed.” (Burns 4)
Certain key people in the real events appear nowhere in Miller's play: John Indian, Rev. Nicholas Noyes, Sarah Cloyce, and most notably, Cotton Mather. The changes in the characters that Miller did are a lot and he changed this play to make it the way he wanted to see it. Salem was a religious town, which in 1652 was established. Salem
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