Driving Forces Of The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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Driving Forces of the Crucible Arthur Miller is recognized as one of America’s leading dramatists of the twentieth century. The most significant of Miller’s works were published in a ten-year period between 1947 and 1956. Some of these plays include All My Sons (1947), The Crucible (1952), and A View from the Bridge (1956). One of Miller’s most renowned works is The Crucible, a historical drama based on the witchcraft trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. A wave of fear and hysteria plagues the village when Reverend Parris discovers a number of girls dancing in the forest of Salem. According to the Puritan theocracy, dancing is a sinful act; therefore, Parris interprets the frolicking as witchcraft. The Crucible mirrors the uproar caused by Senator Joe McCarthy in 1950 that charged members of the United States government with harboring Communists and supporting Communism. Both actions were viewed as threats to all aspects of American life in the 1950’s. The Puritan theocracy burns a “hot fire” to melt down all concealment of witchcraft and other wrongdoings in the community. Every character’s mettle is separated during each person’s own crucible where the truth is eventually extracted from everyone. On the surface, the play appears to identify witchcraft as the source of Salem’s problem; however, Miller identifies greed, jealousy, and hysteria as the main causes of Salem’s troubles. In Miller’s play, the faces of greed are best seen in the characters of Reverend Parris…

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