Essay about The Crucible By Arthur Asher Miller

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Arthur Asher Miller was a prolific American essayist, playwright and a prominent figure in 20th century American theatre. Miller was born on October 17th, 1915, and died on 10th February, 2005. Due to his excellent work in writing, he received many awards throughout his career. His works involved writing stage, radio, and screen plays, assorted fiction, nonfiction and numerous collections. Throughout his career, he wrote different forms of literature that were based on different historical occurrences. He began his career as a playwright officially when he became a student at the University of Michigan.
The Crucible, one of Miller’s most famous works was written in 1953 and is based on the infamous witch trials that were taking place in the Massachusetts Bay Province of Salem during 1692 and 1693. The inhabitants of this community are living in a society that is extremely restrictive. The religious and government authorities are inseparable and thus the individuals who question the local authorities are accused of questioning the divine authority. (Ted, 2004). He wrote the play during the brief ascendancy of Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose venomous anti-communism policies propelled the United States into a dramatic and anti-communist fervor during those first years of the cold war with Soviet Union. There were special congressional committees that conducted controversial investigations led by McCarthy with the intention to root out Communists sympathizers in the United…

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