Hysteria, Power And Beliefs In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, was not highly accepted at the time of it’s release, in 1952. The book itself is an allegory and was not intended to teach and inform about the Salem witch trials. It is, in fact, about Mccarthy and the people during this time, but to keep it hidden, he used the comparison of the two events. Hysteria, power and greed are what drove the people of Salem to false accusations of the innocent puritan people. People like Abigail, Putnam and Danforth blew the accusations out of the water with the power that was given to them by the provence.
Abigail, during the book, was one of the main accusers of the witches. She would accuse anybody that Hale or the court wanted to hear, including Tituba. Abigail said things
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Putnam is one of these people, but he is found out by Giles Corey. "Thomas Putnam is just reaching out for land," (Miller 84). In other words, Giles has found out what exactly Putnam has planned. Being the wealthiest in a Puritan community makes you almost completely exempt from being accused, which could lead to horrid things for the accuser. Giles know’s that he is risking everything by accusing Putnam. Even though Giles was one of the truth-givers, he ended up being pressed to death as a reward. Accusations were made by the community because of the greediness that they believed to be righteousness. The people of Salem do not quite understand the future consequences of their actions just yet, but they are soon to find…show more content…
People were being put on trial for the accusations of Communism, which was the main way of government in the political scene in Russia at the time. Mccarthy was the main accuser of these accusations because of his social standing in the government. He found them and took them to trial, even if the information was invalid. “The Soviet plot was the hub of a great wheel of causation...” (Miller “Why I Wrote ‘The Crucible’”). By way of explanation, Mccarthyism, in Millers point of view, was created by a feeling of defenselessness of the republican people. The way he is describing it shows that Miller understands the reasoning behind the hysteria and madness of these people and their beliefs. What he doesn’t understand is what the big reasoning is for all of this to start. If you notice, the similarities between the witch trials and the Red Scare were similar for a reason. Miller, if he were to publish this about the Red Scare at the time he did, would have probably been arrested for communism or something similar, because of his beliefs on the

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