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The hollywood portrayals of the salem witch trials

  • Elia Kazan's testimony before it -- which is assumed to have influenced Miller -- was on April 12th, 1952;
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  • People condemned as witches in New England were not burned, but hanged, and in the aftermath of the events in Salem, it was generally agreed that none of them had actually been witches at all;
  • Another current understanding of the events had its beginning in 1976, when Linnda P;
  • My best guess is that what Miller may have seen was a lithograph - popular framed wall art in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - from a series produced in 1892 by George H;
  • Miller is, of course, not alone in his personal interpretations about the history of this episode.

They're still stereotyping with witch burning, ugly hags, potions, and broomsticks. In the recently reimagined "Bewitched," young Isabel, a witch and actress, is cast in a remake of the titular show.

Her father, played by Michael Caine, is disgusted, calling the show "an insult to our way of life. He says that Hollywood portrayals of witches break down into three categories: Witches with dangerous sexual powers or other sorts of exotic powers.

  • Her father, played by Michael Caine, is disgusted, calling the show "an insult to our way of life;
  • Such impressions that vary from the historical facts are more likely to come from pressing concerns of the time of the writer;
  • People condemned as witches in New England were not burned, but hanged, and in the aftermath of the events in Salem, it was generally agreed that none of them had actually been witches at all;
  • When the movie was released 1996, Miller published an article in the New Yorker, discussing "Why I Wrote The Crucible", in which he describes, over four decades after writing the play, what he remembered of his process with the material;
  • Elia Kazan's testimony before it -- which is assumed to have influenced Miller -- was on April 12th, 1952;
  • Who knows why he changed it to a less-accurate explanation for his punishment and execution?

Included in this category is "The Witches of Eastwick. There are plenty of examples of mainstream actresses portraying witches, especially the sexy ones. Lo and behold, "horny little devil" in the movie's words Daryl Van Horne Jack Nicholson strolls into town the next day, proceeds to seduce all three women, and in so doing introduces them to their erotic sides.

When Will Hollywood Get Witches Right?

Town busybody Felicia Alden is the perfect embodiment of the fear the conservative townsfolk have of these sexually confident, independent women. She urges her husband Clyde, the town's newspaper editor, to write a story blasting the sexual antics, and even exclaims during a worship-service tirade, "I have nothing against a good f--k, Clyde. But there's something dangerous here. And somebody had to do something about it. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy star as a bunch of set-to-be-burned 17th-century witches accidentally conjured up on a 20th-century Halloween night in Salem, only to turn their wrath on trick-or-treaters.

Although surprisingly gory at times for a Disney film, an amusing encounter with a Halloween-costumed suburban Satan and shots of witches riding vacuum cleaners keep the jinx level high.

But as funny as the movie may be, the witches are portrayed with broad stereotypes--witch burning, ugly hags using children for their eternal youth potions, broomsticks, Satan worshipping--which many Wiccans don't find amusing. At the heart of Thompson's third category, the historical witch, are "The Great Burning"--the Christian extermination of witches and other heretics in Europe from the 14th to the 18th centuries--and the Salem witch trials of 1692.

Both supply a more serious setting for Hollywood's witchcraft films.

  • Elia Kazan's testimony before it -- which is assumed to have influenced Miller -- was on April 12th, 1952;
  • Soon thereafter, however, the neighbor had an apparent stroke and died within a few months.

Proctor, played by Yves Montand, has an adulteress affair with lodger Abigail. Proctor and his wife Elisabeth soon turn Abigail out, and she seeks revenge by accusing Elisabeth of being a witch, claiming that Elizabeth manipulates young girls with her powers.

Will Hollywood ever portray witches in less stereotyped, non-allegorical ways? Most witches don't do this. Any witch worth her salt knows it's always best not to use magic to solve her problems.