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Posted on January 21st, 2011

So it seems that witches are having a bit of a moment right now… I don’t mean Witchy witches: pointed hats and broomsticks and rhyming spells. I mean Salem witches: potentially innocent, persecuted, and then burnt-at-the-stake. Serious witches.

It is interesting to think that The Crucible by Arthur Miller was written in response to McCarthyism. In some way the witch trials of Salem represented to Miller the unfairness of blacklisting of suspected communists. Why are Salem Witch stories popping up again now? Is it also a response to something political?

What is even more intriguing is that the appetite for dystopias (think Brave New World, 1984, Genesis, Noughts and Crosses, The Hunger Games) shows no signs of abating. And dystopias always have a political message. So my impression of what is “right now”? ┬áStories of revolution, rebellion in the face of the establishment, the powerless masses fighting back, no matter the physical cost and for the greater good.

Pretty epic and inspiring stuff!