Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1230 Words Feb 8th, 2015 5 Pages
It is known that nineteen people were executed in the Salem witch trials, but what people do not know is that two innocent dogs were also executed because of being suspected of being accomplices to the witches. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is set during the Salem witch trials and is historically accurate to the actual event, except for some changes that Miller made for dramatization. It was a way for people to confess their sins without being caught. Miller wrote The Crucible in response to the McCarthy communist hunt. It is important that The Crucible is reexamined so that we can make sure that nothing happens like the Salem witch trials again. When looking at Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible through the marxist, feminist and psychological lenses, it shows how a harsh government can repress peoples feelings and desires, and when the repressed gain power they suddenly become monsters. To begin, when looking at The Crucible through the marxist lens it shows how a corrupt government and power being used incorrectly can be extremely dangerous. The marxist lens studies the social hierarchy and power structure of a society. The government of Salem is very strict on what one can and cannot do. They do not allow anybody to sin, Miller explains, “The people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power” (Miller 7). This type of government could be helpful for the religiously devout, but it excludes anybody who does not agree with them. This in…

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