The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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Arthur Miller’s theatrical allegory play The Crucible (1953), represents the individual political situations and ideas arising from the democratic Salem community; regarding to the complexity of societal pressure to conform, the power struggle amongst individuals and personal integrity that are influenced by the corrupt social justice system and the community’s moral values through the conformity of theocracy. The ideas delivered from his play challenges the Communist fears by paralleling Cold War paranoia with the Salem witch trials to provoke criticism of Senator McCarthy’s actions.

Miller represents the complexity of societal pressure to conform, by revealing a community constrained by Parris and Abigail; whom symbolises selfish initiators of the communal fear of witchcraft in the Salem town. In revealing this idea, he criticises the theocratic system as a catalyst which distort the truth. Miller correlates the fear of communism in 1950s America, and the Salem Witch Trials to the McCarthy tribunals through Abigail’s antagonistic and belligerent characterisation; represented in her malicious threat to the other girls with an authoritative tone, ‘I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and...bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.’ The motif of darkness reveals the hysteria and individual power emerging through fear provoking and social division. The symbolism of ‘pointy’ illustrates Abigail as an unsympathetic leader who manipulates the girls’…

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