I need to write about the historical inaccuracies inArthur MIller's The Crucible and cite the pages numbers. What can I say in terms of the houses in Salem, the theocracy, daily life, and the church services? I'm aware of the people's ages being different, that Betty's mother is alive, that Rev. Parris didn't graduate from Havard College.

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Arthur Miller, in "Why I Wrote The Crucible ," states that the writing of the play was "an act of desperation." The play, for Miller,mirrored what was happening in life (for him) during the Red Scare (the accusations against Americans of Communist sympathy). Similarly, Miller found that the Salem...

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Arthur Miller, in "Why I Wrote The Crucible," states that the writing of the play was "an act of desperation." The play, for Miller,mirrored what was happening in life (for him) during the Red Scare (the accusations against Americans of Communist sympathy). Similarly, Miller found that the Salem Witch trials mirrored what was happening in America at the time. Miller states that the Crucible is,essentially, historical fiction (fictitious literature based upon historical fact). Miller took certain artistic freedoms and licenses with his interpretation of the times. 

As for historical inaccuracies, many exist with the play. Here is a list of the inaccuracies.

-Reverend Parris had two other children who are never spoken of (Thomas and Susannah). 

-Abigail Williams was only eleven, not seventeen as Miller's play states. 

-The Putnams did not only have one child to survive childbirth. In fact, their daughter was not named Ruth; her real name was Ann Putnam, Jr. The Putnams did lose some children during childbirth, but they did have six children who lived. Ann Putnam, Jr. was the oldest. 

- Betty's mother, Elizabeth Eldrich Parris, died in 1696 (not in 1692-1693, prior to the witch trials). 

- There were numerous judges during the trials, not only Hathorne. There were twelve officials of the courts. 

-Reverend Hale would not have signed any warrants ("death warrants"). William Stoughton signed the warrants. 

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