What Happened In Arthur Miller´s The Crucible: Fact And Fiction?

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Margo Burns, the author of “Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Fact & Fiction” clears up misconseptions and answers the questions many reader ask. As one reads, Burns explains what really might have happened and how events in the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller have been changed to benifit the readers appeal. Miller creates many claims, however most of them do not belong to her. She talks about other writters and their points more often than her own views and opinions. Yet, she has been studying the Witch Trials when she states “I've been working with the materials of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 for so long as an academic historian” (Burns 1). Therefore proving thsat she has adequipt knowledge of the Witch trials and can back up her arguements…show more content…
She claims “Dramatic purposes have sometimes required many characters to be fused into one; the number of girls involved in the 'crying out' has been reduced; Abigail's age has been raised; while there were several judges of almost equal authority” (Burns 3). This does not fall into Burns untrustyworthy claims but proves how people may be confused when they compare the book to an article on what really happened due to different actions. Margo Burns repeaditly quotes other authors or elaborates a bit more on what they say. However most of her article was taking other sources information. A problem that could occur may the spread of false information. If Burns is using other people’s claims and arguemnts that are not accurate and she has no way to prove it, the false information spreads. None of the people she mentioned were around to document the events happening while they were going on. All except for one man named Charles W. Upham, the previous mayor of Salem. She states that Miller got his inspiration from “ a two-volume, thousand-page study by Charles W. Upham, who was then the mayor of Salem - that I knew I had to write about the period” (Burns 8). Author Millers information holds more of a merit to a reader than Margo Burns’s arguements. Burns attempts to answer the questions that many readers are asking, however most of the answers can be found right in the
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