Intolerance In The Crucible

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Crucible Essay

In today’s society, people who don’t learn from their mistakes are bound to repeat that same mistake again. This is clearly evident in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, as well as the Red Scare era. Fear itself can lead to illogical thinking, paranoia, and irrational decisions that result in dire consequences because people are driven to do everything they can to feel the sense of safety. Arthur Miller and so many others had to endure many struggles that were brought upon them during the Red Scare and witchcraft time period. The Crucible, in its entirety, is allegorical to the hysteria that roamed the America’s in the 1950s, by depicting how reputation was significant, and how intolerance clouded people’s decisions.
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During the Salem witch trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, there was instant intolerance whenever someone was accused. For example, when Tituba was accused and she denied the idea of her being a witch, the attitudes shown towards her was very negative and cynical. Because she was accused of laughing at God in church, this indicated that she’s sided with the devil. In Salem, everyone and everything either belonged to God or to the Devil. The same concept goes for the Red Scare. Throughout the Red Scare, Americans were accused of being Communists for the silliest reasons. Denying and refusing to name others would land them in jail or hanged (witch trials). The people were “either with the court or he must be counted against it” (Miller 94). There are only two possible choices and those who don’t agree with the court system were punished similarly to those who directly attack the court. The courts were seen to be very black and white because not much reasoning took place. According to the court, the rules and laws were considered always correct. Those who were convicted and refused to confess and name others were the Hollywood Ten, Giles Corey, and John Proctor. They were considered siding against the court, which angered the courts very much and prompted them to impose severe punishment. Accusations continued to fly around the town from all sorts of locations. The fact that individuals were so frightened of the accusations of witchcraft and refused to do anything displayed intolerance. There was an absence of understanding between each other. Very minimal amount of people came to the convict’s defense but most turned their backs and looked the other way, even if it were a friend or family member. The citizens played along with the nonsense of accusations and completely disregarded the truth. Intolerance intensified the struggles of those a part of the

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