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

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At the end of the play, before John Proctor's execution, there is mention of twelve who have already been hung for witchcraft and seven others in prison sentenced to hang. Not all those who died are specifically mentioned in the play. The ones mentioned played an important role in the events leading up to the play's dramatic climax.

Sarah Osborne, a beggar, was arrested, found guilty of witchcraft and hanged, probably because she was a simple-minded woman who was seen as a nuisance. George Jacobs was accused by Thomas Putnam's daughter, Ruth, because Putnam had been involved in a protracted land dispute with...

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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.