The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Based off of the play written by Arthur Miller, The Crucible is based on the true story about the Salem Witch Trials which were held in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The main actors are Daniel Day-Lewis who plays Proctor, Winona Ryder as Abigail, Paul Scofield as Judge Danforth, Joan Allen as Elizabeth, Bruce Davison as Parris, and Rob Campbell as Hale. The movie was directed by Nicholas Hytner and was produced by David Picker. The action “takes place in 1692 at a time when people were living in a very closely knit society, based on Puritan principles, and, consequently, prone to a certain amount of intolerance towards any form of opposition or dissent” (Bonnet, 33). So, basically, in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, a group of teen girls had been caught in an innocent act of love potions when the ceremony is witnessed by the town minister, who happened to also be Abigail’s uncle. As the girls run away as Parris’ daughter falls over unconscious. The girls are then accused of witchcraft but they then play it off and claim that the devil had possessed them to do those rights and started going around town accusing innocent townspeople of witchcraft as the accused were then sent to trial to be hanged. Parris questions Abigail about the events that took place in the woods and to save herself and the other girls from punishment, Abigail claims that Tituba was working with the devil. After a brutal whipping, Tituba confesses to being a witch. Struck by their newfound power,

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