The Changes that John Proctor and Reverend Hale go Through as the Play Progresses

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The Changes that John Proctor and Reverend Hale go Through as the Play Progresses "The Crucible" symbolises the events in 1950's America when anyone who was suspected of left wing views was accused of 'Un-American' activities. "The Crucible" was Miller's inventive way to criticise the paranoia surrounding a too conservative American government. After appearing before the committee numerous times to defend himself of suspected Communist activities, Miller used his pen the greatest weapon to confront the silly attacks purposed upon him. This essay will tell you the general background to the play? What the similarities are between 1690's Salem witchcraft trials and 1950's McCarthy America and most importantly how would Miller want an audience to react to Proctor and Hale at the end of the play? A crucible is a metal dish used to separate metals from its ore. A compound of metals would be inserted from one end and from the other end only the pure elements would come out, the remains would be poured elsewhere. A crucible can be compared with a tough situation or as life. When Proctor and Hale were put through the 'crucible' would they come out pure or as useless remains? "The Crucible" is a story of the events in 1692 Salem which led to the mass hysteria where witchcraft trials would decide the fate of many people. The play tells us about the events leading to 19 innocent people being killed due to false accusations. There was a real powers struggle at the time where the opinions or views of people with a higher status would be considered where as if you were of a lower status, were different or if you apposed to the status quo and yo... ... middle of paper ... ...owards him. Miller wants the audience to accept proctor as being a good person overall. Proctor has a deeper meaning that is shown in the play. Miller was called several times before McCarthy's committee; possibly he resembles Proctor in a way because of how he stood up for himself just like Proctor did. Hale changed from being totally with the system to totally against the system the audience will respect his decision for doing so and acknowledge how hard this decision must have been at the time. These two characters were astonishing characters in their own right and were actually like normal people whilst most of the other characters were caricatures. Miller wants the audience to realise how this is an allegory of 1950's America, he wants the audience to realise that these things are still happening in today's times.

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