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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,]

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Mccarthyism And The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Niam Mohseni Ms. Sussman English 2 October 26, 2014 McCarthyism and The Crucible Events have played out in history that made people realize the inhumane acts of people and the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy era were two of them. The Salem witch trials in 1692 were almost 260 years before the McCarthy “witch hunts” in the 1950s yet there are similarities between them. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, is about the Salem witch trials and is an allegory to the practicing of McCarthyism during the Second Red Scare in the United States, which Miller was a victim of....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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Mccarthyism : The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- “No-no. There be no unnatural case here.” (Parris, The Crucible Act 1 Line 34) The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials. Miller wrote this play as a critique of McCarthyism, but distanced it by using the Salem Witch Trials as the setting. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of treason without proper evidence. Using the Trials as the setting has strong suits, such as allowing him to compare McCarthyism indirectly and the events related strongly with society, and weaknesses, including the time period being so long-standing that it is not a modern example in their era and the idea of witches is farfetched compared to Communism....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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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,,]

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Mccarthyism Within The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- McCarthyism Within The Crucible As stated in a 1952 New York Times article, “if we lose our freedom in the effort to guard our security, then security is useless” (Oakes 5). The United States of America is a country with a history of always protecting its citizens’ rights and liberties, but it also contains a past where other matters interferred. There are many contributing factors that can alter a person’s perspective on a particular idea such as religious views, or fear. In 1692, Puritan Salem, Massachusetts believed there were witches within the town after girls in the town confessed they had been victims of witchcraft....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible, Mccarthyism And The Red Scare

- In 1692, nineteen men and women of Salem, Massachusetts were suspected under the crime of witchcraft and were sentenced to hang. These hangings came from the result of villagers blaming each other trying in order to save their own lives. Similarly, in the 1950s, McCarthyism and the Red Scare took on a similar outcome as the Salem Witch Trials; many people were wrongly convicted as Communists. However as time progressed, people became less concerned about saving themselves but began to protect one another from harm....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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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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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Miller’s Message There are many occurrences in history in which North America has shamed itself. These are the events that tend to be skimmed over during history class and are commonly ignored. However, these events are disputed and protested in the form of literature. A good example of this is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play which indirectly conveys Miller’s opinion of the communist trials that took place as he wrote the play. The Crucible describes the Salem Witch Trials that took place in the 1600’s, Miller uses this past event in American history and compares it to McCarthyism....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- How would you feel if you were suddenly woken up in the middle of the night, with a group of people knocking at your door, claiming that you’re under arrest for being a witch. You would be taken away from your family and friends, and if you don’t confess to a crime that you never did, you would be killed. This idea is the main basis of conflict in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This deals with the Salem Witch Trials, and highlights it the personal issues that people would have went through being apart of a Puritanical society....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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 Great Firewall Of China

- For all of its praise of ethics and morals, humanity ironically condemns itself through its innate corruption and tyranny. The birth of this corruption lies in the presence of control, as world leaders constantly assert their dominance over their nations, steadily desiring continued control over the people. In the modern People’s Republic of China, the public witnesses an extreme ruling that controls its media consumption with continued government support of the “Great Firewall of China that prevents free access to information on the Internet,” effectively establishing a foundation for the corruption that holds the nation (“China”)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, McCarthyism]

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The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

- Telling lies, making false accusations, having suspicion, betraying others and creating fear in others are just some of the factors that caused McCarthyism in the United States. Named after Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism is the false accusation of someone being a communist. Numerous playwrights are recognized as an allegory for McCarthyism. Arthur Miller, born in 1915, was one of America’s greatest writers for his diversity, his courage, and the influence that he has made on readers all around the world....   [tags: Communism, Play]

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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]

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Evil in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The word evil can have several different meanings, such as morally bad or wrong, the act of causing others to reevaluate their beliefs and assuming a completely new persona, or abusing an immense amount of power. One can only vaguely grasp the term evil given the definition of it. It takes one’s own experiences to thoroughly understand evil. Evil is when one purposefully outcasts a mass of people as a result of a common attribute. It is proceeding to do something immoral while recognizing its potential risks....   [tags: power, mcCarthyism, the crucible]

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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]

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Mccarthyism, And The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy gave a speech at the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling in West Virginia, in which he claimed to have a list of 205 Communists in the State Department. A man by the name of Arthur Miller saw some similarities between this event, known as McCarthyism, and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Arthur Miller was able to subtly protest the rise of McCarthyism through his literary works, especially in his play The Crucible, because he understood the universal experience of not being able to believe that the people have gone insane....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

- Some people think historical events that occurred in America in the 20th century influenced Arthur Miller in writing The Crucible. This may be true but also events that occurred in the 1600s show similarities to this play. Miller claims his play has nothing to do with the Salem Witch Trials or McCarthyism, but others think differently. Either way, historical events that occurred in the 1950’s influenced the play The Crucible greatly. In the Salem village of Massachusetts between March and October of 1692 a short lived but intense witch hunt resulting in the lives of twenty innocent people to be taken by means of executed occurred....   [tags: McCarthyism, 1950s influence]

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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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Mccarthyism And The Salem Witch Trials

- Alyssa Zito Ms. Bowman Honors American History 23 October 2014 McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials are two points in American History when citizens were accused by other people out of a fear of something they did not have an explanation for. Widespread, irrational fear during both these times played on the American psyche and caused mass panic. These were horrible times in history and resulted in many different thoughts that played on people’s brains and caused issues throughout the country....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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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]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Although The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is set in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth-century, its intention is to provide insight to the events occurring during Miller’s own time. In 1947, Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was accused of espionage, increasing the fears of the communist party among the public. Additionally, in 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb and China recently became a communist nation. Furthermore, Joseph Stalin controlled half of Europe, and the threat of an atomic war was ever-present....   [tags: Salem witch trials, McCarthyism, Witchcraft]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- With treasures of valuable lessons to learn, Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ is a sturdily startling fictionalized account of the McCarthyism era that took place in the 1950s. The rigid religious and moral views by Salem’s religious leaders on the townspeople, overthrowing the community’s thoughts by ruling with absolute terror and violence subsidizes to a town’s mass hysteria when Abigail, a young girl coated with selfishness and wickedness, along with her group of friends indict innocent people who have slighted them of performing witchcraft....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play published in 1953 during the time of McCarthyism and anti-communist fear. In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy delivered a speech that shocked America; he accused the Truman administration of being involved with communists. McCarthy’s paranoia led to the questioning of citizens and even public trials that caused panic among Americans. McCarthyism is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a mid-20th century political attitude characterized chiefly by opposition to elements held to be subversive and by the use of tactics involving personal attacks on individuals by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations especially on the b...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... A subreddit or a forum dedicated to a specific topic on Reddit was created called ‘/r/FindTheBostonBombers’. It grew to 272,000 people constantly browsing it almost overnight. This is evidence that a fanatical desire to eliminate the dangerous enemy captivated the minds of the people of Reddit, beginning the witch-hunt. Using the vast availability of information available on the internet, the Reddit community set about searching for the details of people who looked like the images released by the police media....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- 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....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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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]

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The Crucible By William Miller

- A crucible, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is a severe test. In his play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller conveys the message of McCarthyism by writing an allegory to the Puritan times and the Salem witch trials. However, there are many more hidden messages that Miller weaves in to the plotlines of the play. These messages surface as themes that illuminate the purpose of the author, which was to show flaws in Society and McCarthyism. Throughout the play, some of the major themes that are in the play are that theocracy makes the whole of society worse, that people try to save their reputation by committing act of crime and sinning, and that mass-hysteria causes people to stop listen...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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, ]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Throughout The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses dramatic conflict, metaphor, imagery, descriptive staging instructions, biblical allusion and a variety of other representational techniques to illuminate and develop the issues surrounding people and politics throughout the play. Such issues include the characterisation and portrayal of those in power; the driving motivations of a range of characters; the means through which characters achieve and maintain power; and how the role of power differences in relationships between characters....   [tags: The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor]

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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]

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Analysis Of Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- In The Crucible, by Authur Miller, he was successful in fulfilling his purpose of the theme, truth versus faith. As known before, Miller wrote this play in relations to the Salem Witch Trials, and also, McCarthyism - two both very similar topics. Not to mention, both topics share a repeated theme of truth versus faith. Miller had a story to tell, along with the opinions of his own (indirectly, of course), and the only way he knew how to relate it to what was happening then, was to take something from the past....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Crucible, A Dry White Season

- ... The prop of the loose teeth is emblematic of the broken and corrupt nature of the court, as it is founded on physical power. The negative connotations of this, are indicative of the adverse consequences of systematic persecution of minorities, in giving rise to fraudulent behaviour. The use of the tracking shot across the floor of the morgue revealing the dead bodies of African children lined up on the floor, further accentuates the adversity experienced by individual’s as they suffer as a result of the crippling power of the apartheid government and struggle to find justice....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By The Salem Witch Trials

- Twenty people executed, two hundred or more jailed, and the whole town of Salem in hysteria. Lasting two years, the Salem Witch Trials not only tore families apart, but killed many along the way as well. People were jailed from the reasoning of the court with no legitimate evidence. This historical time, in 1692-1693 was one of the most insane and violent periods that people living in small towns and villages experienced. In both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Lisa Rowe Fraustino’s I Walk in Dread, hysteria, the Salem Witch Trials, and Mccarthyism are featured as main topics that create a similarity of themes....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In 1954, Arthur Miller wrote a four-act play called The Crucible which uses the Salem witch trials to represent the injustice of accusing innocent people of being communists following the Second World War. This was known as McCarthyism and Miller saw this as an unjustified system. He decided to relate the communist accusations to the Salem witch trials that took place in 1692. By using this comparison, he opened many eyes to the inappropriate use of judgment used by people to accuse others of communism just like the citizens of Salem were accused of being witches based on unreliable facts and others judgment....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... The only time that she ever thought to tell a lie was when she was doing her best to protect her husband in the court; unfortunately, what she did wasn’t the best choice she could’ve made. Moreover, Elizabeth is faithful with her husband, but that doesn’t stop her from continuing to not have trust in him. For example, in the beginning of Act Two, John mentions to her that he had been alone with Abigail. Without a doubt, that makes Elizabeth uncomfortable because she has a bit of an idea of what John was hiding from the public eye....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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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]

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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]

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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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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller “ The Crucible” is a play that was written by Arthur Miller in the 1950s. The play was originally produced in 1953 at a time where McCarthyism was at its peak. This was a time of American paranoia when Americans believed that the Russians were planning start a war with them. The Americans accused members of the society of been a communist spy for the most trivial reasons. It was a situation of hysteria. This was very similar to the situation in Salem two hundred years earlier....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Importance of The Crucible Today

- The Crucible was written in the early 1950s as an exploration of events which took place in Massachusetts in 1692. What does the play have to offer an audience in 2014. The Crucible is a play which brings to our attention many timeless issues. The nature of good and evil, power and its corruption, honour and integrity and our tendency to create scapegoats for all manner of problems are all brought up through the course of the play - sometimes in very dramatic fashion. One of the subjects on which Miller commented was that of the notion that there is only pure, white goodness and cruel, unbending evil....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible was based in 1692 in and around the town of Salem, Massachusetts, USA. The Salem witch-hunt was view as one of the strangest and most horrendous chapters in the human history. People that were prosecuted were all innocent and their deaths were all due to false accusation of people’s ridiculous belief in superstition and their paranoia. The Puritans in those times were very strict in personal habits and morality; swearing, drunkenness and gambling would be punished. The people of Salem believed in the devil and thought that witchcraft should be hunted out....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Review of The Crucible

- Arthur Miller’s political allegory of McCarthyism, in the form of The Crucible, has been adapted into a faithful companion to the play that is able to incorporate the emotions and atmosphere that may not have been available to some in the play. Miller’s screenplay is very faithful to the book, having many of the same lines and situations the character in the play experience. Because of this, we are able to make an active connection to the play, thus expanding our understanding of the play. Lead by Daniel Day-Lewis, The Crucible’s plot is portrayed by a solid cast, who, for the most part, are able to engross the viewer into the story....   [tags: Film Critique]

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GCSE English Coursework: The Crucible

- GCSE English Coursework: The Crucible The Crucible. Arthur Miller, ‘The Crucible’ is a play based upon the events of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The story is about a religiously motivated town. The story is about a group of girls’ who are led by Abigail, who blamed witchcraft for their troubles. Being a strict Christian society the people of Salem believed in the girl’s stories. In conclusion this led into 20 people being falsely accused, and hung. The girl’s stories were easy to believe because of many reasons....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller has crafted 'The Crucible' to constantly engage the audience. With reference to significant moments in the play, discuss how tension is achieved and how the audience may react. The Crucible was wrote by Arthur Miller in 1953 in the height of the cold war. Miller wrote it because of what he felt about McCarthyism. McCarthyism: Senator Joe McCarthy organized a twentieth-century version of witch-hunting. In the early 1950's he exploited the US fears about Communism and managed to create a national campaign against Communists....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Looking at the similarities and context of the plays; The Crucible,

- Looking at the similarities and context of the plays; The Crucible, St. Joan and Antigone I shall be comparing the following three plays: The Crucible, St. Joan, and Antigone. I will be analysing the play's contents so that I can look at the similarities between the three of them and communicating the ideas that each of the three main characters have similar characteristics. The Crucible was written by playwright Arthur Miller and was first produced in 1953. The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 and looks at the 'witch hunt' that surrounded America in the seventeenth century....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Miller's Tension in Act I of The Crucible

- Miller's Tension in Act I of The Crucible The anti-Communist hysteria during the 1950's led to a mass persecution of people associated with Communism. Post WW2 America was a nation if fear and suspicion because of the on going cold war with Russia, anyone one remotely connected to a known communist could be persecuted, this sparked a fear that Russia could take over the world. At the time a playwright, Arthur Miller could not express his feelings due to society's strong support for McCarthyism....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Hysteria and the Consequences of Mass Paranoia in The Crucible

- The Crucible Effectively Demonstrates the Development of Hysteria and the Consequences of Mass Paranoia. Discuss this with Reference to the Play and the Time in Which it is Written. 'The Crucible' was written in 1952 by Arthur Miller and was first performed in 1953. It is about a village called Salem in America, set in the 17th century, where a suspicion of witchcraft and association with the Devil has arisen. This theme of accusation and paranoia is comparable with the period of McCarthyism in the United States of America, where many people were accused of communism and anti-Americanism....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible

- The Crucible Explore how Miller dramatises the conflicts within John Proctor and presents him as a good man, despite his failings. How does Miller make him dramatically effective for an audience. Refer to Act two and Act four. Miller's purpose through writing 'The Crucible' was to express his own views on what was happening in America at the time in 1953 - McCarthyism, a period of intense anticommunism. Miller uses the character of John Proctor to put across his views. He is interested in the character who does not allow himself to be caught up in hysteria, but thinks for himself and stands up for his values....   [tags: English Literature]

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Selfish Desires Vs Selfless Acts Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- Aqsa Khalil Ms. Aquilina ENG 3U 13 April 2015 Selfish Desires vs. Selfless Acts: Spiritual Leadership in The Crucible A true spiritual leader follows the example of God. In the allegory, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Elizabeth Proctor and Reverend Parris’ actions prove that ordination does not necessarily mean sound spiritual leadership. Miller uses the backdrop of the 1692 witch hunts to criticize the flawed society of Puritanism. The play is also a critique of McCarthyism in the United States of America which occurred in the 1950’s....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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