The Crucible By Arthur Miller: An Analysis

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It is no surprise that history repeats itself which even includes the most horrendous events of the past that people hope will never occur again. Unfortunately the sad reality is that events that seem so dark and out of control from the past do occur again in the future like in the 1950s. During that time Joseph McCarthy: a United States Senator, accused many people into being communists which similarly happened in the Salem Witch Trials that occurred in the 1690s where many innocent souls were accused of witchcraft. Now one of the unfortunate people McCarthy accused was playwright author called Arthur Miller who was famous for writing The Crucible. Millers purpose for writing The Crucible was to show the similarities of the Salem Witch Trials …show more content…
I 'll not conceal it, my hand shakes yet as with a wound!”(Miller 99-100). After signing seventy-two death warrants, especially Rebecca Nurse’s (who is well respected), Hale started to question what is going on in Salem. He recognizes that the people are fearing the court more than they fear God. Hale is dissatisfied with the court since Rebecca who was dear to him was sentenced to death to get hanged. It’s clear that Hale is terrified and angry at the court because he is signing away innocent souls to death. Hale basically realizes how everything doesn’t some up and how it is illogical on what’s happening in court. It is illogical to Hale that innocent souls need to die without any logical proof or evidence. Hale wants good material presented to the court to help find the real truth. As more people who were considered good beings seemed to be accused Hale becomes to realize that there is really no witchcraft present in Salem. This just symbolizes how in both eras people became disillusional and how confessing created an escape for them to live on with life. This also shows how manipulation caused so much destructions in many individuals lives in the trials and in …show more content…
That is why in The Crucible Miller compares the McCarthy era to the Salem witch trials since both target individuals who are not what they appear to be. That is why Miller titled the play The Crucible for a reason; which means a severe test that takes time and pressure on a victim. It is no surprise that both time periods caused distrust and intolerance that separated them in a very negative way. It is clear that Miller used the Salem witch trials to compare what was happening during his time. It is clear that Joseph McCarthy is actually Abigail Williams from the play and the villagers of Salem represent Americans in the United States. Both wanted to have power over many people but at the end failed. This just shows how hysteria and manipulation have their downfall when used as a bad intention to gain power over numerous people. The impact that hysteria and manipulation had on both societies did not only cause more destruction but it caused trust and patience to collapse by stating illogical and untrue claims toward innocent

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