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How many people died 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...

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Since the play is a fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trials, 19 people were hanged, one man was pressed and up to thirteen people who were accused, died in prison. This "up to" is because sources disagree on the exact number of people who died in prison. This results in a total of around 33 people, however, more realistically, 27 people died during the Salem Witch Trials.