The events that took place in Salem Massachusetts during 1692 through 1693, would forever define the colonial religious extremists, known as the Puritans. The Salem Witch Trials created a distinct nuance, that marked a dark period in American history. The dramatized version of the Witch Trials, The Crucible, resulted in a semi accurate representation of the historical events that occurred in Salem Massachusetts. The author Arthur Miller, wrote the playwright by incorporating factual content, as well as imaginary aspects that brought the characters of the Witch Trials to life.
John Proctor, a prominent individual in both the Salem Witch Trials and The Crucible, was tried and executed for witchcraft in 1692. "When the witchcraft hysteria first began in Salem village in the winter of 1692, Proctor became an outspoken opponent of the trials and stated to many that the afflicted girls, who had accused many of the villagers of witchcraft, were frauds and liars" (Brooks). There were many parallels between John Proctor and his character in The Crucible, including his vocal opposition towards the trials and his strong Puritan values that influenced his actions. As an involved member of the Salem community, Proctor was incredibly concerned with his reputation. Proctor 's young slave Mary Warren began experiencing fits after the witch hunt broke out. "She [Warren] testified that Proctor 's spirit beat her and forced her to touch the Devil 's book" (Brooks). His involvement was interpreted by the community, as him performing witchcraft in attempts to possess the girls.
Abigail Williams played a significant role in the Salem Witch Trials. Williams was the niece of Reverend Samuel Parris, and one of the firs...
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...lizabeth Proctor was the third wife of John Proctor, the first man accused of witchery. They were both found guilty and tried for witchcraft in Salem, and their execution was set for later in the year. "In the spring of 1692, after some of the afflicted girls began having fits and claimed that invisible forces were tormenting them, the Proctor’s servant, Mary Warren, began showing the same symptoms" (Brooks). Mary Warren accused John and Elizabeth Proctor of causing her afflictions. As influential members of the community, their involvement in the Witch Trials created quite a scandal, ruining the Proctor family 's good reputation. Since Elizabeth was pregnant during the time that the Trials occurred, her life was spared while her husbands was not. As represented in The Crucible, Elizabeth 's child was not due until the Trials had ended, exempting her from execution.
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