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Fun Facts about Witch-hunting, Arthur Miller, and The Crucible Deviantart.com Teenwitch.com
Witch-hunting 30,000 to several million people killed in Europe’s witch hunt Witches were burned in Europe, hanged in America In Salem (1692), 19 people were hanged, one pressed to death
The Witch-hunters Searched bodies for the “devil’s mark,” which did not feel pain Used guides such as the Malleus Maleficarum to search for signs Inserted needle into freckles, moles, etc. Would also “swim the witch” Drown = innocent Float = guilty
Reasons for Salem Trials? Feuds between families Mass hysteria fueled by fear of Satan/community troubles Teenage boredom Food poisoning? cs/salem-witch-trials
Arthur Miller One of greatest 20 th century American playwrights Death of a Salesman (1949) The Crucible (1953) Inspired by a moment in transcripts of the Salem witch trials Tells the fictionalized story of the real-life John Proctor and his former servant, Abigail Williams
The Crucible Either a vessel for melting metal or a severe test Explores theme of neighbors “breaking charity” or turning on each other Makes an analogy between witch trials and “Red Hunts” of 1950s So controversial only ran for six months pblmm.k12.ca.us
McCarthyism 1950s senator Joseph McCarthy Held hearings to find Communists in government, film and theater, etc. “Are you now or have you ever been a Communist?” Miller held in contempt of congress because he refused to incriminate others.