The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1339 Words Feb 19th, 2016 6 Pages
Arthur Miller defied the regulations during the 1950s in America and wrote The Crucible. It was written during the Red Scare, a time in which the United States was becoming increasingly concerned about the rising power of the Soviet Union. By writing this play Arthur Miller became suspected of being involved with communism. Within the play he uses the ‘Salem Witch Trail’ as a metaphor to draw national attention towards the doings of the McCarthyism propaganda. Arthur Miller discusses the hardships and different aspects of the lives of people during this time. Such as the importance of one’s reputation, the occurrence of closed-mindedness, and mass hysteria.
In The Crucible a character’s reputation is something that is scrutinized at great lengths. Reputation is a theme that is embodied throughout the play of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. A person’s reputation can either construct their future or destroy it. Therefore a person will attempt to protect their reputation at all costs, which can be dangerous. Characters in the play take pride over their reputation, thus they will do anything to secure it. Such as John Proctor who would desire to be known as the man who stands for what he believes in and always does the right thing. The actions of John Proctor in order to preserve his reputation are established throughout the production. When John Proctor commits adultery by seeing Abigail, he tries to prevent other people from knowing the sin he committed. John Proctor and his…

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