The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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The Crucible, a four-act play written by Arthur Miller in 1953, is only a slightly fictional reenactment of the Salem Witch Trials that took place in Massachusetts in 1692. In gory detail, Arthur Miller’s play not only captures the truth on the terrible events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials, but his inspiration for writing it, the McCarthy Trials, reminds us how quickly history is able to repeat itself. Miller begins The Crucible, “in the spring of the year 1692.” (Miller, 1953) Reverend Samuel Parris’s daughter and his niece Abigail Williams appeared to be experiencing fits of madness after they were discovered dancing naked in the woods. The girls presented with screams, convulsions, and even hallucinations. In reality, the Puritan girls feared being accused of witchcraft because not only was it against the law and punishable by death, but witchcraft was also a sin against God and would condemn their soul to hell. Once it was evident that they had been caught, the girls began pointing fingers to accuse others in the community of working with the Devil and casting spells upon them. The girl’s lies were fueled by fear, not only were they trying to save themselves from a death sentence, but also their souls from eternal damnation. However, Abigail, Ruth, and her guilty companions could not have foreseen the witch-hunt their lies produced, nor could the girls have known the amount of hysteria that would encompass the trial’s proceedings or how quickly it would spread…

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