Similarities And Differences In The Tucible And The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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When looking at early American History, one may find many similarities and differences. For instance, location, dates and personal accounts are all opinionated by whoever is telling the account. When looking at literature there are also many similarities and differences. The Crucible by Arthur Miller was largely influenced by the McCarthy “trials” during the time period known as the Red Scare. Britannica gives this definition when it comes to McCarthyism: “His campaign of accusations has often been compared to a witch-hunt, particularly by Arthur Miller’s 1953 play The Crucible.” The Scarlet Letter was written in 1850 by Nathaniel Hawthorne, almost one hundred years earlier (Britannica). Both can compare and contrast in many different aspects. …show more content…
Again, this conflict haunts the main male characters of Arthur Dimmesdale and John Proctor. Both of these characters have their struggles with sin, and both have to face the punishment of death. John Proctor was given the chance to evade death, but instead he chose death over life. He did this because he did not want to give up his name and family reputation. He wanted to die knowing his last words were honest and good; having the feeling he did something right with his life, as exhibited on page 1232 when he shreds up the document that would sign away his name, and ultimately his soul. On the other hand, Reverend Dimmesdale also wanted to die with honesty. He wished that he could die without the guilt that haunted him of not confessing that he was in fact, Pearl’s father and Hester’s adulterer. These two men both died very symbolically but they died because they chose to keep what they had left of goodness, honesty and …show more content…
In The Scarlet Letter, one major symbol is the scaffolding in which Hester stands to open the novel, and Dimmesdale dies upon to close the novel. The scaffolding represents a place where the sin is recognized and is shamed. These symbols however, are noted in the book and do not have relation to the current events of the time. In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible there is symbolism between the Salem Witch Trials, and the McCarthy trials, however, the witch trials represent a time in history and not a symbol of the play. Much like how the girls would influence the witch trials as seen on 1154 when Abigail accuses Tituba of trying to force her into drinking the potion that would give her soul to the Devil, Senator McCarthy could influence the whole U.S. population into believing that there were communists in the state department. This can be seen in an article by Global Events in Context in their article titled, Joseph McCarthy begins his Crusade on Communism: February 9, 1950. This article said, “Denouncing Communism on moral and religious grounds, rather than on specifically political or economic ones, he claimed that he had a list of 205 people in the State Department who were members of the American Communist Party.” In The Crucible, Joseph McCarthy can be connected to Abigail, while in The Scarlet Letter, he has no place because the symbolism of the scaffolding stays

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