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Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible" and McCarthyism - The message in which Miller writes teaches teenagers about what life was like in the centuries before their time, and what some of the themes in those times were; which are also parallel to what happened during Miller’s lifetime, in the era of McCarthyism, as it does in today’s social and political problems. All three of these eras have intolerance, hysteria, reputation, and empowerment woven throughout them. This is one of the reasons they are connected to each other. Teenagers learn many different things from The Crucible’s message, including the Puritans’ intolerance to anybody who did not follow their religion to a tee, or anybody who they considered “different” from themselves....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, McCarthyism,] 677 words
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‘The Crucible’ as an Allegory for McCarthyism - ‘The Crucible’ is an allegory. An allegory is a story with an obvious meaning but if you look deeper into it, there is another meaning. In this case, the obvious meaning is the Salem witch-hunt and the hidden meaning is McCarthyism. McCarthyism started in the early 1950’s and it was governmental accusations with no evidence. Joseph McCarthy started doing trials on those he thought were communist, but he had no evidence for it. This is the same as the witch trials in The Crucible. Arthur Miller wrote this in response to McCarthyism....   [tags: allegories, Crucible, authur miller, McCarthyism,,] 993 words
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The Crucible and McCarthyism - ... He died in 2005 at the age of 89. Miller had written different types of stories and plays. Miller was neither a member nor a supporter of the communist party he was merely influenced by the Depression and always felt he needed to be concerned about the social issues. The only political Ctivities that he did was that he signed petitions that were either protest or please to free prisoners. His political views are considered to be moderate but he was always considered himself as a Democrat. He was harshly affected by McCarthyism and that was the main reason he wrote The Crucible....   [tags: Arthur Miller historical context analysis] 1114 words
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The Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible, and McCarthyism - The Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible, and McCarthyism Historical Overview and Brief Analysis Amidst millenniums of debate, argument, and conflict concerning racial prejudges and those issues which surround their implementation, there has consistently existed a certain historical prejudice regarding various stereotypical ideas for those things which people cannot understand or explain logically. While more contemporary examples of such circumstances include concepts such as McCarthyism, it is generally accepted that the most classic example of all such social tragedies based on fear and ignorance is that of the colonial era's Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: Arthur Miller McCarthyism]
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller and McCarthyism - In the 1950s, Arthur Miller was accused of being a sympathizer to communism, and was one of the three hundred and twenty artists blacklisted by Congress (Arthur Miller: McCarthyism). Arthur Miller was angered by the accusations without evidence to back them up, and hit a boiling point after famed director Elia Kazan went in front of House Un-American Activities Committee and named some of his peers as communist sympathizers (Arthur Miller: McCarthyism). After a meeting with Kazan to discuss why he did what he did, a tumultuous relationship between the direction and playwright began, and Miller began research on the Salem witch trials (Fisher 255)....   [tags: injustice, unfair trails, communism]
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible: An Attack on McCarthyism? - In 1692, a group of girls living in Salem Massachusetts fell ill. Suffering from seizures and hallucinations, in extremely religious Puritan New England, the only cause seemed to be the work of the devil or his servants. The sickness ignited fears of witchcraft, and it was only a matter of time until not only the girls, but many other residents of Salem, started accusing other villagers of conspiring with the devil, and casting dark magic. By the August of 1962, nineteen people were executed by the Massachusetts government and judicial system, who were heavily influenced by religion....   [tags: communists, allegory, witch trials]
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Comparing McCarthyism and The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Authors used their literary work to get a point across to the public in the story The Crucible; Arthur Miller used events and characters to show the similarities to McCarthyism which was prevalent in the 1950s. McCarthyism was associated with the period in the United Sates also known as the Second Red Scare. McCarthyism is very similar in the way that Joe McCarthy accused Americans of being communist and in The Crucible people were being accused of being witches. It is known that Arthur Miller wrote this story as a reaction to a tragic time in our history....   [tags: Compare/Contrast, Communism] 457 words
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Connecting McCarthyism and The Crucible - The horrors of history are passed on from generation to generation in hopes that they will never occur again. People look back on these times and are appalled at how horrendous the times were; yet, in the 1950s, history repeated itself. During this time, Joseph McCarthy, a United States senator from Wisconsin, began accusing people of being communists or communist sympathizers, which is parallel to the Salem witch trials in the late 1690s when innocent people were accused of practicing witchcraft....   [tags: Literary Analysis, History]
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller and McCarthyism - They want to destroy private enterprise and white supremacy’” (qtd. Williamson-Lott 884). The mistreatment of African Americans in connection with communism did strong nationalists a disfavor when many actual Communists won black followers by advocating “civil and social equality,” which only pushed the prejudiced into believing that if the communism succeeded, so would an end to white supremacy (Williamson-Lott 882-883). Like the racist public of the South, the whole town of Salem was in uproar over the witch hunt, but it was the individuals charged that had the most to worry about....   [tags: white supremacy, communism]
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McCarthyism and The Crucible contain many similarities and differences - McCarthyism and The Crucible contain many similarities and differences in their persecution and accusation of people who are identified as criminals of their societies. McCarthyism and The Crucible contain many similarities and differences in their persecution and accusation of people who are identified as criminals of their societies. Both events in history contain extremely similar circumstances, including the accusation of one person leading to a mass hysteria enveloping a society to be overly suspicious of their fellow people....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 783 words
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Over-Exaggerations on McCarthyism in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - “I visited Salem for the first time on a dismal spring day in 1952….” (Miller 1095) that’s what started it all. Arthur Miller was motivated to write The Crucible due to the trauma done to the liberals during the McCarthyism trials. The question is, was he a little too motivated to write it. Could his thirst for vengeance for those accused fuel him to over-exaggerate what happened in order to prove a point. Arthur Miller overused his artistic license because Joseph McCarthy was accusing important people of being communists, he wasn’t exactly like Danforth, and some of the accused in the McCarthyism trials were actual communists....   [tags: communists, trial, vendetta]
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The Allegory of McCarthyism in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The play “The Crucible”, written by Arthur Miller, used The Salem Witch Hunt trials as an allegory of the McCarthy hearings and the true horrors behind how America dealt with attempted Communism. Tension is evident throughout the play, and each character participates in intensifying it which entangles them into the extreme consequences of the tension they helped to circulate. The significance of Salem is that the tension can be sourced from within every character as they are engulfed in hidden and publically known feuds....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible 2014] 2025 words
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McCarthyism versus The Crucible by Arthur Miller - "Reasonable doubt" was all that was necessary to accuse and sometimes convict someone of un-American activities in the late 1940's, early 1950's. This period of time was known for McCarthyism--a time of extreme anticommunism, lead by Senator Joseph McCarthy (McCarthyism). The United States pledged to contain the spread of communism globally, as well as locally, and did what it could to keep this promise. Americans began to fear that communism was leaking into the media, government, arts, schools, and other areas....   [tags: Compare Contrast Papers]
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McCarthyism aka The Red Scare in Herblock's The Crucible - ... In “The Crucible” Miller writes about a young girl named Abigail Williams. She dances in the woods and gets caught by her uncle and her niece falls into a stupor. Eventually witchcraft is mentioned and people are accused by the niece and Abigail. The people who are accused are taken to court. Judge Danforth is the one who evidentially in the end send people to their death but really Abigail accuses them and acts like their spirits are being sent out onto her. In the end she has the overall power because without her acting and continually accusing people Judge Danforth really would not have any people to execute....   [tags: communism, cartoon, symbolism]
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The Witch Hunt in The Crucible and During the Time of McCarthyism - In this essay, I intend to analyse the historical context of The Crucible and its relevance in today’s society. I believe that Arthur Miller’s life and his experience of McCarthyism strongly influenced the writing of The Crucible. McCarthyism, named after Joseph McCarthy was a period of intense anti-communism, which occurred in the United States from 1948 to about 1956. During this time the government of the United States persecuted the Communist party USA, its leadership, and many others suspected of being communists....   [tags: Senator Joseph McCarthy] 1369 words
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The Witch Hunt in The Crucible and During the Time of McCarthyism - The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller during an era known as McCarthyism. McCarthyism was a search, or “witch hunt”, led by Senator Joe McCarthy, for Communists in the United States Government during the nineteen-fifties. This “witch hunt” indirectly shed light upon “...one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history”: The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a drama of the true story which took place during the seventeenth century....   [tags: Senator Joseph McCarthy] 675 words
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The Witch Hunt in The Crucible and During the Time of McCarthyism - The Themes of The Crucible and Parallels to McCarthyism                      Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, Arthur Miller's The Crucible describes the witch hunt that saw harmless people hanged for crimes they did not commit. The Crucible provides an accurate historical account of the witch hunt, but its real achievement lies in the many important issues it deals with. Miller's concerns with conscience, guilt and justice develop into significant and thought-provoking themes throughout the play....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible - ... Miller refused to name the suspected communists and because of that he was convicted for contempt of court. “In 1957, four years after the play's premiere, Miller testified before the House Committee; although he admitted that he had attended a meeting of communist writers, he denied ever having been a member of the Communist” (Contemporary Literary Criticism Select). Miller wrote this play during the McCarthyism era and the plays theme involves McCarthyism. McCarthyism had a huge influence on Arthur Miller and this is shown throughout the play....   [tags: Communism, Play]
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Evil in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - ... The people “had done it so many times” (Jackson 296), yet they do not question their traditions, and simply abide by the rules enforced by the conductors of the ceremony, Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves. On one hand, the natural tendency of people is to “protect those dear to [them]” (Aron 1), but in “The Lottery”, the authority has overtaken the role of family in the peoples’ lives. Mrs. Hutchinson even reaches the extremity of turning against her own family. She picks out her children Don and Eva, yelling “Make them take their chance!” (Jackson 299)....   [tags: power, mcCarthyism, the crucible] 856 words
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Comparing the McCarthy Hearings and McCarthyism with The Crucible Witch Trials - Throughout the history of mankind, the misapplication of power, marring of souls have been a part of life. How does this affect us, why does it happen. Human emotion plays a major role in prejudice and the politics that surround it are evident in today's society. Many things can define persecution. No matter how it is defined, it is a tragic event. About three hundred years ago, the witch trials of Salem were a hot topic. Two young girls deceitfully accused a slave, Tituba of witchery. Soon, callous accusations flew and the joke became a sad, sad reality....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples] 732 words
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Comparing the McCarthy Hearings and McCarthyism with The Crucible Witch Trials - The Contrast of the Salem Witch Hunts and McCarthy Hearings Does history repeat itself. Lots of people think that the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s are a repeat of history from the Salem witch-hunts of 1692. All of the accusations were false, and also fictitious. The main reason people were blamed was so that ones who were condemning would receive their own personal gain. Both parties (McCarthy and the girls in Salem) accused people to make themselves look better to others and gain respect. They both gained respect from others, which was something they did not have a lot of, especially the girls of Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples] 1106 words
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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller - ... They are also some of the most well- known in the history of witch craft persecution and very well documented (Maierhofer 359). Another historical event the people think influenced the writing of The Crucible is McCarthyism. The 1950’ were especially known for communism (Maierhofer 359). Joeseph McCarthy a U.S. senator made unproven claims the more than two hundred “card carrying’ members of the communist party had intruded the government. The problem was he had no proof. His claims ruined lots of lives and ended up leading to amplified hostility....   [tags: McCarthyism, 1950s influence] 595 words
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The Allegorical Meaning of The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... The aim of the play would have been completely obsolete since it was written for a specific time period. McCarthyism lasted approximately from 1950 to 1956. However, nowadays, McCarthyism means “The use of unfair investigatory or accusatory methods in order to suppress opposition” , which is in a sense different from the vision of McCarthyism during the Cold War. Therefore, writing the play during the twenty first century to denounce McCarthyism would not have had the same impact as it did before as people do not have the same vision about McCarthyism anymore....   [tags: McCarthyism, influence, political]
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The Death of a Tragic Hero in The Crucible - The development of McCarthyism in the 1950s due to the increased fears of communism led to the imprudent accusations of disloyalty and treason to the United States. The Salem witch trials during 1692 were hearings and false accusations based on the views of McCarthyism. Arthur Miller’s knowledge of these events in history greatly influenced his writing of the Crucible. He included the imprudent accusations that were being greatly used by Joseph McCarthy and gave these traits to a group of girls in Salem....   [tags: mccarthyism, communism, corruption] 644 words
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Themes of Pride and Integrity in The Crucible - The Crucible was not widely accepted when it was originally released. The literature was Arthur Miller's response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. During the play Abigail Williams accuses most of Salem of being a witch. This leads to mass hysteria within the town. Which in turn leads to Reverend Parris bringing Reverend John Hale to Salem. Hale is there to sort out and get rid of any presence of the Devil. There is a multitude of themes in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. These range any where from guilt and revenge to authority and integrity....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 675 words
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The Crucible Critical Review - The Crucible is a famous play written by Arthur Miller in the Early 1950’s. It was written during the “Red scare, when McCarthyism was established. Many anti-communists wanted to prevent communism from spreading just like in The Crucible many wanted to get rid of witchcraft. Many would accuse others of witchcraft in order to not be accused just like many would accuse people of communism. In The Crucible witchcraft would be punishable by death. Many were scared to be accused; therefore many would admit practicing witchcraft in order to save their lives....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 725 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Circumstances brought upon a person can change them greatly. The Crucible is in part based on McCarthyism in the 1950’s which was similar to the Salem Witch trials. Reverend Hale undergoes an immense change as he starts finding out the lies going on in Salem. Slowly, he adjusts from being confident to doubtful. Hale having such a great change in opinion demonstrates the true dysfunction and chaos of Salem. In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, the changes Hale experiences are proven by the things he says, the things he does, and others opinion of him....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 900 words
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The Moral Implications Displayed Throughout The Crucible - What is there about the society of Salem that allows the girls’ stories to be believed. What are the moral implications of this in Arthur Miller’s the Crucible. The Crucible is a book written by Arthur Miller Americas most foremost playwright, born on October 17th 1915 in New York at 15 he experienced the Great Depression as his father went bankrupt. He released The Crucible in 1953 around the time when he was accused of being a communist spy. He named the book The Crucible because of the words many meanings....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Crucible] 1012 words
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The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is a play about the connections between sinning and paranoia, hysteria, and religious intolerance. The people of Arthur Miller's Salem in 1692 would consider the very idea of a private life unorthodox. The government of Salem, and of Massachusetts as a whole, is a theocracy, with the legal system based on the Bible. Moral laws and state laws are the same and someone's personal life must obey these moral laws, or that person represents a threat to the public good....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 544 words
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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Miller captured the paranoia and hatred of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials and made a controversial reference to his own society's Witch Hunts during McCarthyism in the 1950s. In only 146 pages, Miller told us the stories of the lives of John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams and others during the 1692 Witch Trials in Salem Massachusetts. The quiet Salem community was living happily in their own sleepy world, until several local girls fell ill and their sickness was blamed on witchcraft....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1313 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible by Arthur Miller In this essay I will be assessing Proctors dramatic confrontations. In the play The Crucible the author Arthur Miller has very strong hidden messages against 'McCarthyism', the singling out of individuals in American society and accusing them of an association with groups who are said to be against the American way of life. He expresses his thoughts indirectly instead of writing a play that directly condemns 'McCarthyism'. Miller's message is that the Salem witch trials were wrong, they were destroying innocent individuals with no real evidence....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 906 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible by Arthur Miller "Societies often tend to suppress individual freedom in order to maintain social order" 'Examine the key characters and their beliefs in The Crucible in the light of this statement' A crucible is a vessel in which metals are heated, melted down and purified. The play 'The Crucible', by Arthur Miller shows a community, which ignites and burns with the accusations of witchcraft, mass hysteria and retribution. Set in the small town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692, it explores the struggle of one man with his conscience and his eventual purification....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1527 words
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The Witch Hearings in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Witch Hearings in The Crucible by Arthur Miller There are strong parallels between Arthur Miller's The Crucible and the history it depicts and the reign of terror that the 1950's era of McCarthyism repeated. These two historical events are linked by several commonalities: a lack of intelligent discussion, public hysteria, threats, fear and finally, the presumption of guilt rather than innocence. Miller convincingly uses fiction and dialogue to recreate a very real moment in history, which due to the timing of the play's release may also have been purposely created as a response to the actions of Joseph McCarthy....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1055 words
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Exposing The Irony of McCarthyism - Both The Crucible and “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” agree with the hypocrisy and lack of sense that the time called the Red Scare or McCarthyism began, fed and ended. The Crucible uses the Salem Witch Trials as an allegory to show this side of the Red Scare while Bob Dylan uses an obvious sarcasm to show his point of view. Both Bob Dylan and Arthur Miller expose the irony of the time period called McCarthyism. The Crucible was written to show people living during the Cold War how ridiculous their thoughts, actions and beliefs were....   [tags: Communism] 676 words
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The Importance of Act Four in The Crucible - The Importance of Act Four in The Crucible We have been exploring and analysing “The crucible”, a play by Arthur Miller. A play written during the hysteria of McCarthyism, in the 1950's. This is reflected in some of the issues raised in the play. This essay will focus particularly on the importance of Act 4 to the play, in various forms and will include the social and historical setting of the play itself. We will start of with a short summary of Joseph McCarthy. Joseph lived a complicated life (1908-1957) as a Republican senator from Appleton, Wisconsin....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Essays] 3221 words
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The Religious Aspects Of Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The Religious Aspects Of Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is a play, which draws a parallel between the Salem witch-hunts of 1692 and McCarthyism in the 1950s. Arthur Miller, author of the play, was put in prison in the early 1950s owing to his slight left wing sympathies. In this period of time, the American regime was very strict and paranoid; this was caused by fear of 'reds under the bed' (communists in America). When Miller was released from prison he chose to write a play outlining his views on America, but instead of directly using his own situation, he used a parallel event to put his ideas forward....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 760 words
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How Miller Presents the Relationship of John and Elizabeth Proctor in ‘The Crucible’ - In the Crucible by Arthur Miller, the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor is not very clear as they both have a very tempestuous relationship in the first act with each other during the play. Therefore it is very difficult to assess what relationship that they had with each other before. Miller wrote the play to compare what was happening in the 1950’s at that time with what had occurred in the Salem witch hunts. Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ was written so that people at the time could relate what had happened in Salem with the McCarthyism happening at that time....   [tags: Relationships, Crucible, Arthur Miller, ] 2531 words
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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" - Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" 'The Crucible' was written in 1952 by the twentieth century American playwright Arthur Miller (1915-.) Miller was born in New York and educated at the University of Michigan where he began to write plays. Most of Miller's plays are set in contemporary America and on the whole offer a realistic portrayal of life and society and the theme of self-realization is re-current e.g. John Proctor in 'The Crucible'. 'The Crucible' was the third play Miller wrote. It is a play about the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 3343 words
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Theme of Witch Hunts in The Crucible and the Rwandan Genocide - In 1953, a book/play called The Crucible was published. It was written by Arthur Miller as an allegory of the McCarthyism era. It talks of the causes and effects of the Salem witch trials in the late 1600's. The story is told in a way that made the people of the 50's realize how crazy they were actually acting. In 1994, two Rwandan tribes were fighting each other to the death. One was called the Tutsi tribe and the other was the Hutu tribe. These clans differed only slightly. The Tutsi were taller, had darker skin, and wider noses....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 759 words
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Miller’s Presentation of Abigail Williams in The Crucible - Look at Miller’s presentation of Abigail Williams in The Crucible. How realistic is his presentation of her as a controller. In Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, Abigail Williams is presented as a controller of many of the key characters. Abigail can successfully manipulate and control many of the characters because she is described as being; ‘…a strikingly beautiful girl, an orphan, with an endless capacity for dissembling’. Her beauty allows her to influence others as they are intimidated by, and in awe of, her beauty....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 2332 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Analyse the ways in which Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. I will explore the certain aspects of Abigail’s personality and how it is an important role in portraying her reasons for her actions. I will also analyse the ways in which Abigail’s personality changes through the progression of the play. I will sum up which points have a bigger effect on her intentions and motivations and the effect she has on the characters of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1712 words
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Maintaining Audience's Interest in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Maintaining Audience's Interest in The Crucible by Arthur Miller There are many ways in which Arthur Miller Captures and maintains the audience's interest in his 20th Century play, The Crucible. Right from the start of the play Arthur Miller uses Dramatic devices such as curiosity to capture the audience's interest. He maintains the audience's interest right throughout the text by using themes, which are still relevant today. He also uses the storyline to maintain the audience's interest. Arthur Miller uses the language in a very attention-grabbing way, as I have found that his description/portrayal of characters and when he directly addresses the audience also helps to maintain the audien...   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 2604 words
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Building Tension in Act 2 of Miller's The Crucible - The meaning of crucible is to ‘purify something by heat or pressure’. This is a reference to hell and the heat that it contains, as well as the pressure there is about not going there or being sent there for your sins. There are many characters within the play which could be ‘purified’, one of them being John Proctor. This is the play’s main character and plays the part of the tragic hero within it. He is fundamentally a good man, but he has committed lechery so has this on his conscience for much of his life....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 4406 words
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Themes in The Crucible - Themes in The Crucible In the crucible Arthur Miller takes the chilling story of the Salem witch hunt in 1692 and combines it with the issues of McCarthyism in the 1950s. The play reflects Miller’s ideas and opinions about McCarthyism and what he thinks are the similarities to the Salem witch hunts. Proctor is the main character Millers uses to reflect the unfairness of the Salem and McCarthy trials and how the truth died in the 1950s. This makes Proctor’s role very dramatic and exciting. Miller also uses a dramatic licence to make this even more so – adding the love to Elizabeth and guilt about Abigail gives the story an intriguing twist....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1284 words
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McCarthyism as Modern Witch Hunts - McCarthyism as Modern Witch Hunts McCarthyism: The Real "Witch Hunts" Some people nowadays may consider the government, or some of its agencies, corrupt. Today's scenario is nothing compared to that of McCarthyism in the 1950s. During McCarthyism, the nation was being torn apart. Their loyalty to one another was crushed and common human decency went down the drain (Miller, Crucible xiv). These Communist hunts were eerily similar to the witch hunts and trials of Salem Massachusetts in the 1600s....   [tags: Papers] 1613 words
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Comparing the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism in America - The Salem witch trials and the story of Joseph McCarthy are very similar; they both accused innocent people of doing things that were “bad” at the time. The Salem Witch trials were persecutions of men and woman on account of performing witchcraft. Two girls accused a woman of doing witchcraft and then the accusations continued, people accused other people to relieve their own punishment in a last ditch effort to save their lives, but it was in vein. After the witch trials were over “19 had been killed and an elderly man pressed to death under heavy stones”(Linder)....   [tags: American history] 615 words
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McCarthyism -  The McCarthy Hearings Senator Joseph McCarthy instilled fear into the minds of the Americans with his anti- Communist thinking, with his ideals. Senator McCarthy, during 1950-1954, disrupted the United States with the HUAC ( House of Un-American Activity Committee) Hearings. These hearings brought government workers, college professors, playwrights and Hollywood screen writers, actors, artists, musicians, gays, Jews and anyone with a goatee under suspicion. Joseph McCarthy was an unknown senator from Wisconsin, who wanted to be in the spotlight....   [tags: essays research papers] 652 words
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Miller's Irony and the Truth about American Witch Hunts - Silence has pervaded every imaginable recess in the old dilapidated courthouse. A hundred silent onlookers hold their breath in baited anticipation. Suddenly, the dull sound that only wood can make as it slams into an desk echoes for what may as well be all eternity. A single man garners the attention of two hundred eyes as he unintentionally clears his throat. However his lips only are able to take form around one bloodcurdling word: guilty. Although of what crime depends on the time period of the aforementioned case, for trials such as these have occurred in American History not once but twice....   [tags: Politics, McCarthyism] 2251 words
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Comparison Between The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Vinegar Tom by C. Churchill - Comparison Between The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Vinegar Tom by C. Churchill We are currently performing a piece of drama called 'The Crucible' and have studied a play called 'Vinegar Tom'. 'The Crucible' was written by Arthur Miller in 1953 and was set in Salem, Massachusetts USA in 1692. 'Vinegar Tom' was written in the 1970's and was set in the 17th century. Although 'Vinegar Tom' was written about the 17th century, the ideas parallel those of the issues of the 1970's. The issue was feminism....   [tags: The Crucible Vinegar Tom Drama Essays] 613 words
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The Crucible: Characters - The Crucible: Characters Chetan Patel The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller that was first produced in 1953, is based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Miller wrote the play to parallel the situations in the mid-twentieth century of Alger Hiss, Owen Latimore, Julius and Ethel Rosenburg, and Senator McCarthy, if only suggestively. (Warshow 116) Some characters in the play have specific agendas carried out by their accusations, and the fact that the play is based on historical truth makes it even more intriguing....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]
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