The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1932 Words Apr 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Written at the peak of the Cold War, Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible reveals the haunting truth about issues occurring in society in the 1950s. Published in 1952, Miller’s play hit the stage in 1953 with mixed reviews and little success. After the Cold War, when not many Americans feared the possibility of Russia taking over the United States anymore, The Crucible rose on the charts and became a movie in 1996, winning a Tony Award in the process. In his work, Miller, a critic of communism, constructs an allegory to show the similarities between the Salem witch trials and Soviet Russia in hopes of opening the eyes of the American citizens who were blinded by the mass hysteria that communism caused. In the play, John Proctor, a man who has committed a sin but wants to fix his mistakes, decides to stand up for what he believes is right, even if it means turning against society. This theme of corruption is prevalent throughout the play, especially in the areas of society, the government, and human nature.

Set in a town plagued by corruption before the witch trials even started, Salem, Massachusetts was home to many different disputes in the 1690s, including the corruption in the society they lived in. With a town as tainted as Salem, many of the people already had a history of being at each other’s throats. Because one of the main antagonists, Abigail Williams, divided the town with her lies, trust is an element of the past (Brescia). For example, the Putnam 's believed…

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