Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible ' Essay

2204 Words Oct 14th, 2016 9 Pages
Michael Nguyen
English 3 AP
14 October 2016
Fighting the Witches of Then and Now: Arthur Miller’s Crucible Arthur Miller’s landmark play The Crucible reflects the growing fear of Communists during the Cold War era and the mass hysteria that arose and resulted in witch hunts for them. Playwright Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in a climactic tone in order to discuss the issue of the Red Scare and the hunt for Communists. He specifically targeted everyday Americans that were involved or supported McCarthyism with the goal of creating an allegory between the Salem Witch Trials and the congressional trials of that time in the form of a play reflecting this idea. The message that Miller wished to send in The Crucible can be seen in the context that the play was written in during the 1950s. The play came at a time when the Cold War had been going on for half a decade and people began to grow suspicious of possible Communists in their societies. Miller acknowledged that part of this reaction was justified: “...the paranoid, real or pretended, always secretes its pearl around a grain of fact” (Miller, “Why I Wrote The Crucible” 1). Ultimately, Communism did seem to pose a threat to the American way of life: communism had continued to spread throughout European countries such as Italy, Mao Zedong and his Communist Party had taken power in China, and the Soviet Union had successfully tested their own atomic weapon in 1949 (Miller 1). To make matters worse, the Korean War…

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