Plot And Conflict Of The Crucible By Senator Joseph Mccarthy Essay

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Plot and Conflict
The Crucible is a play written in 1953, inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s “witch-hunts” in the United States. This book is a reflection of the anti-communist hysteria that took place. The play is set in 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts. It starts when a few girls were caught outside the woods dancing. One of the girls, Betty Parris, is sick after they were caught, and her father is afraid that her sickness may have been caused by witchcraft. He interrogates his niece, Abigail Williams, who was also in the woods, if they were doing witchcraft. Abigail denies it, and Parris has called for Reverend Hale that specializes in witches. While they wait, other adults come in, hearing the rumors of Betty being bewitched. One of them is John Proctor. Abigail tells him the truth of what actually happened, and urges him to confess his love for her. It’s revealed that they had an affair while John’s wife, Elizabeth was sick, and when Abigail was still working for the Proctors. When Elizabeth found out, she fired Abigail, and they’ve hated each other since. The main plot and conflict of the story is introduced: the girls start to accuse other women of witchcraft. Abigail accuses Elizabeth, for revenge against John, and Elizabeth is arrested. The climax occurs when John, desperate to save his wife, confesses all his sins, including his affair with Abigail, to prove that her words are untrue. But John is also arrested as a witch, and the couple was placed in jail for three…

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