The Crucible By John Proctor

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John Proctor, a character in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, was hung for “witchcraft.” Owen Lattimore’s, a former editor for the Institute of Pacific Relations Journal, reputation was tarnished after falsely being accused by Joseph McCarthy of being the number one spy for the Soviets. David Kato, a Ugandan gay rights campaigner, was beaten to death on January 26, 2011. These are just three examples of how witch hunts ruined and ended lives. Throughout history, many people have been persecuted due to witch hunts; some examples are the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthy’s Red Scare, and homosexuals in Uganda.
The Salem Witch Trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. Salem was a traditional Puritan society. Two young girls, Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam, started showing peculiar behavior after being found dancing in the woods- a forbidden activity. The local doctor diagnosed them with bewitchment. After the girls were diagnosed, other young females in the village began to exhibit some of the same signs as Ruth and Betty. All of the girls then erratically began to accuse people in the village of witchcraft, but the main instigator of the accusations was Abigail Williams.
Abigail Williams was a young girl who lived with Betty Parris. Abigail was jealous of Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of John Proctor. She was in love with John, as John had committed adultery with Abigail. She wanted to get Elizabeth out of the picture so that she could have John for herself. Abigail…
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