in 1951, accused those before him of diabolical conspiracy and denial of God. His most recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987 the plays The Ride Down. If youre interested in learning more about the Salem Witch Trials, you may want to read one of the many books published on the topic. For him the parallel between Salem in 1692 and America in 1953 was clear: People were being torn apart, their loyalty to one another crushed and. Giles Corey, a cantankerous old man who carelessly damns his wife by commenting on her fondness for books, was killed, pressed to death by stones, on September 19, 1692, a month after Proctors death. The historical account offers no explanation. He abandoned both ideas. Yet such tests, less formal, less judicial, less public, are the small change of daily life.
I myself have also used these books in my research for this website (expect for the fiction books) and can personally recommend them as some of the best books on the trials: (Disclaimer: purchases made through the links in this article help support the History. Starkey also acknowledged the wider implications of Salem, implications Miller would choose to amplify. Proctor wrote in a petition, My son William Proctor, when he was examind, because he would not confess that he was Guilty, when he was Innocent, they tied him Neck and Heels till the Blood gushed out of his Nose. Although she is regarded as a woman of unimpeachable honesty, it is this reputation that causes her husband to be condemned when she lies about his affair with Abigail, thinking it will save him.
As a pastor, his primary concern is personal aggrandizement - he strives for monetary compensation, including the deed to the preacher's house and expensive candlesticks. That flaw, as so often in Millers work, was to be sexual, not least because there seemed a sexual flavor to the language of those who confessed to possession by the devil and who were accused of dancing naked in a community in which both. By grasping the local, the parochial even, it is possible to make a beginning at understanding the universal. To sustain the integrity of their own names, the accused were invited to offer the names of others, even though to do so would be to make them complicit in procedures they despised and hence to damage their sense of themselves. Perhaps because the needs of justice and the necessity for sustaining the authority of the court have not always been coincident and because there will always be those who defend the latter, believing that by doing so they sustain the possibility of the former. The following month Millers role model, the radical playwright Clifford Odets, also named names; in June of the following year, six months after The Crucible opened, so did Lee. Author of the Delusion of Satan, Francis Hill, also cited it as an important book on the topic but pointed out that since it was published so long ago its a little outdated. Uphams book titled Salem Witchcraft. His accusers were young girls, barely on the verge of puberty.