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Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a thought provoking story of this insanity of the Salem witch trials. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is that the girls' suppressed childhoods, which directed them to rebel against the society that they lived in. But, there were additional aspects, like Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, who was a married, well respected farmer of Salem; the key grudges that neighbours held against each other, as well as also the physical and financial differences between the citizens of Salem Village. From a historical perspective, it is known that young girls in colonial Massachusetts have given little or no freedom to act like kids. They had been expected to walk straight, arms by their sides, eyes slightly downcast, and their mouths were to be closed unless otherwise asked to speak. It isn't surprising that the women would find this sort of lifestyle quite disheartening. To rebel against it, they played pranks, such as dancing in the woods, listening to slaves' magical stories and pretending that other villagers were enchanting them. The Crucible begins after the girls in the village have been caught dancing in the woods. As one of them falls ill, rumours start to fly that there's witchcraft going on in the forests, and that the sick girl is bewitched. Once the women talk to one another, they become more and more fearful of being accused as witches, and so Abigail starts telling others of practicing witchcraft to deflect attention away from herself. The other girls all joined in so that the blame will not be placed on them following Abigail threatened...