In 1953, legendary writer Arthur Miller
depicted a story based on actual facts;
t facts which remain horrifying even to this
day, despite being based on events which
took place over 300 years ago.The story is a
terrifying depiction of how the accusations of
a group of children stirred up such fear in
their small community that it led to
persecution and hangings. But, what makes
the story so touching even till this day is that
it applies to all “witch”hunts; yes, witch
hunts taking place every day.
It is the spring of 1692. The small town of Salem, MA
had been established a mere forty years earlier, and had
yet to make it its mark on the rest of the world. However,
while not all were immediately aware, 1692 would be a year
of „revolution‟ in America. No longer was everyone willing
to adhere to the strict lifestyle that had been set down by
their forefathers. While the town of Salem may have
appeared to be a serene and enjoyable place to live, it was
about to experience an event that would change their lives
forever. Little did they know, though, that their story
would still have a tremendous effect on us today.
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But, what really makes The Crucible so special
even to this day, is that the story applies to the
events that we witness right before our own eyes.
Yes, we have allowed „witch hunts‟ to continually
take place, proving that we have yet to correct the
mistakes that were made over 300 years ago.