How accurately do you think Arthur Miller portrays the court proceedings in The Crucible?

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Arthur Miller used the Salem Witch Trials as inspiration for his play The Crucible. He exaggerates many details to exemplify his point.

In an article he wrote in 2000 called "Are You Now or Were You Ever," he compares his experiences in the 1950s with the Red Scare and the McCarthy trials and notes that

"I spent 10 days in Salem courthouse reading the crudely recorded trials of the 1692 outbreak, and it was striking how totally absent was any sense of irony , let alone humour. I can't recall if it was the provincial governor's nephew or son who, with a college friend, came from Boston to watch the strange proceedings. Both boys burst out laughing at...

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