Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The events in Arthur Miller's The Crucible took place much later but Barry mentioned witch trials occurring in early colonial Massachusetts. I was surprised Anne Hutchinson didn't find herself burnt at a stake given her outspoken views. Instead, she briefly joined Roger Williams in Providence before her sad fate at the hands of the Siwanoy warriors, as a result of the fallout of the Dutch-Indian wars. Miller saw his play as an allegory of the McCharthyism of the 50s, so the events depicted shouldn't be taken literally. I hadn't realized The Crucible was made into a movie with Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.