How many people die in Arthur Miller's The Crucible?

Nineteen people die in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

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In Arthur Miller's classic play The Crucible, he chronicles the events that transpired during the Salem witch trials in the spring of 1692. Historically, more than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft, and nineteen men and women were executed by hanging. It is also important to remember that although the play is based on a historical event, The Crucible is far from historically accurate, and Miller took many liberties in order to dramatize the story. Throughout the play, innocent citizens are falsely accused of witchcraft by the malevolent, manipulative Abigail Williams and her followers. The majority of the falsely accused citizens are executed during the play and after it ends.

In act 4, Deputy Governor Danforth mentions that twelve citizens have already been executed before John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse are led to the gallows. However, Danforth does not specifically state the names of those twelve citizens. By act 4, the audience is aware that Goody Osborne, Bridget Bishop, and...

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