Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1100 Words Sep 10th, 2015 5 Pages
I believe the most important theme in Arthur Miller 's "The Crucible" is that fear and ignorance should not be used by public officials or those trying to influence such officials to manipulate the general public for their own self-interest to the detriment of other 's rights and liberties. In addition, each individual needs to guard against taking action based on fear, ignorance, or self-interest; rather, a person should always step back from such mob mentality, calmly determine the facts, and, as much as possible, remove emotion from the calculation acting as he would want others to act if he himself were under suspicion. Miller wrote this play trying to wake America up to the similarly egregious situation occurring in the Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy hearings. The parallels were so similar as to be impossible to miss; someone just had to put it before the American public in a fashion that would allow them to make the connection and be repelled by the similarity.
The three characters primarily involved in presenting the theme and advancing the plot are John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Elizabeth Proctor, all of which are round characters by Aristotle 's definition. The plot really starts when Abigail seizes an opportunity from a situation that, although stemming from her desire to use Tituba 's help to procure John Proctor 's affections, is one provided to her by another, Betty Parris. Due to her shock and fear of punishment at being discovered with the…

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