The Crucible Allegory

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But one was not so innocent.. The Crucible written in 1692 by Arthur Miller is a play about a group of people that were accused of worshipping the devil and the accusations made by others. The Crucible is also known as the Salem Witch Trials. The Red Scare began in 1945 in which many Americans believed that spies had access to the American government. This lead to the fear of many Americans. A story that can explain the meaning to reveal a hidden meaning is known as an allegory. The Crucible is an allegory to the Red Scare. The similarities that they share are beliefs, false accusation, punishment and power.
Many people have different beliefs as it is shown in the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare. The Salem Witch Trials shows their beliefs
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According to the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare this is shown in different degrees. In the Salem Witch Trials people were faced with severe and inhumane punishments. This quote stated by Elizabeth shows the barbaric punishment some had to face. “Great stones they laid upon his chest until he plead aye or nay. They say he gave them two words “more weight” he says and died” (Miller 1269). Giles Corey stayed true to what he believed in causing him to face this harsh punishment . This quote shows how diverse punishments were. “I have seen marvels in this court. I have seen people chocked before my eyes by spirits . I have seen them stuck by pins and slashed by daggers” ( Miller 1251). This quote also shows us how different the punishment were during the Salem Witch Trials. Although this may seem severe to some, these punishments were mild compared to the pain and suffering others had to face. There were “141 imprisoned, 19 people executed and two more had died from other causes directly related to the investigation” (Callis, “The Aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials in Colonial America). In Salem Witch Trials people were killed for the crime of witchcraft. This would be around a quarter of all people killed (Callis, The Aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials in Colonial America). Many innocent people lost their lives in these unfortunate events. The Red Scare also had many people face punishments, “... A New …show more content…
Abagail from the Salem Witch Trials is a prime example of power hungry. This quotes is an example of Abigail's power. “Let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits? Beware of it! There is-” (Miller 1258). Abigail uses her “power” to control the people including Judge Danforth. Abigail accuses innocent people of witchcraft causing everyone to be afraid of her. In Act 4 of the Salem Witch Trials, Judge Danforth shows his power when he mentions “ … Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part;...” (Miller 1267). This statement shows that Danforth is exercised his power by doing whatever he wants. Judge Danforth is not going to let the other people tell him what do to even if it was a better option. In the Red Scare numerous people use power to better themselves and to get ahead. “Senator Joseph R. McCarthy uses fear of communism to increase his own power and destroy the reputation of others” (Appleby, et al 550). McCarthy puts his authority to sway others. Another tactic McCarthy utilized his power was forcing the government officials to testify about alleged communist influences, forming the investigation into a witch hunt (Appleby, et al 550). The searched was based on flimsy evidence and irrational fear. McCarthy used his power to intimidate others.

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