The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1149 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Many great works of literature are based off of events that happened in history. For example, The Crucible and We Aren 't Superstitious are all works written based off the Salem Witch Trials, which happened in 1692. The article Are You Now, or Were You Ever? was written about the second Red Scare that happened in the 1940 's and 1950 's. Even though The Crucible, We Aren 't Superstitious and, Are You Now, or Were You Ever? are about two different eras, hundreds of years apart, each of their conflicts and themes are very similar to one another.

The Crucible and the nonfiction essays share the theme of reputation. This theme causes people to act in a way to protect or destroy their reputation. In the beginning of the Crucible, a character named Parris lies to the entire village about his daughter, Betty, and his niece, Abigail to save his reputation. In the play, the author, Arthur Miller, writes, "...but if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it..." (Crucible 10). Parris says that if the others know that the girls may have been dancing in the woods, his reputation would be crushed. This causes him to play along with Abigail and say that the dancing was actually witchcraft to protect his reputation. In addition to that, another part of The Crucible tells of another character, John Proctor, trying to protect his reputation. In The Crucible, Miller wrote, "...I cannot mount the gibbet like a…

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