Mccarthyism The Crucible

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In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, he explains to his readers about the seventeenth century and how people were convicted for witchcraft, which led to the hanging of many women and few men. This play takes place in a small village in eastern Massachusetts. Many young girls were discovered dancing and playing of “magic” in the forest with a West Indian Slave, Tituba. During the seventeenth century, many people were convicted for so many different things and they were penalized to death or put in jail. This play solemnly starts to move at the point where many girls from the village were caught dancing half naked in the forest by Reverend Parris, the local minister. After these girls were caught Parris’s daughter was put in a coma like …show more content…
Abigail was being questioned by Parris, but she confessed to nothing but only “dancing” that night in the forest with the other girls. There is also a huge crowd inside of Parris’s home while this is all going on, which are very obnoxious. While he is trying to calm them down, Abigail tells all the girls that were involved in the “witchcraft” to not confess to anything. Although in scene 2 on page 65, we are told by Mr. Hale that many of the women in the forest confessed to dealing with the devil. He states this exactly on page sixty-five of the play The Crucible, “ Miser, I have myself examined Tituba, Sarah Good, and numerous others that have confessed to dealing with the Devil. They have confessed it.” Specifically the Indian slave from the West, Tituba. Shortly after Tituba confessed and accused many people from the town for consorting with the devil, Abigail also confessed for seeing the devil. Right when Betty (Parris’s daughter) wakes up she starts to name all the witches and people that were involved with the Devil. On page forty-five of Act one of the play The Crucible, it states “ I saw George Jacobs with the Devil! I saw Goody Howe with the Devil!” this was all said by Betty Parris. Shortly after she started screaming …show more content…
While they are in court for their trial, John Proctor refuses to confess to anything because he states he is an honorable man. Therefore, he says his wife will not lie, so they can question her. But sadly this is the only time John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth, decides to lie to try to protect her husband. This is a great example of foiling, because Elizabeth tries to protect John from anything bad happening to him by lying. Shortly after Hale protects John from Abigail’s lies, Abigail starts to panic a lot and pretending that there are spirits surrounding her. Mary Warren steps into this scene and accuses John for witchery. On page eighty-two of scene three of the play The Crucible, John Proctor states,” She has a signed deposition, sir” as he reaches into his jacket. She states that he had made her sign her name in the Devil’s book. John Proctor is soon arrested for witchcraft. Since he is considered a witch, during these times witches were hung. Therefore John will

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