Essay about The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller wrote an imaginatively creative interpretation of the famous Salem Witch Trials in his 1953 fictional play The Crucible. Though the actual details of these true events are unknown, Miller brings to life some of the characters found in historic documents from the 1692 hearings. He cleverly unfolds an intriguing tale about the Salem witch hunt which occurred during an era when America was partially unsettled and primitive. This harsh setting produced a fear that overshadowed many predominately puritan settlements, where every occurrence no matter how small was often attributed to good or evil, the Lord or Lucifer. The overtly religious town of Salem was bound by a strict environment which authority figures believed would help preserve and form moral citizens. For instance, church attendance was expected in order to maintain good standing. Reading, entertainment, and dancing was prohibited (Miller 5). A good name and reputation was essential to the townspeople and failure to follow these guidelines could quickly soil respectable character. Undoubtedly the religious and legalistic philosophies helped ignite the witch hunt that swept across Salem. The insanity of the witch hunt is a good example of how fear can either provoke good character or kindle an abuse of power which often leads to disturbing consequences, as demonstrated by the death of many innocent people. Reverend Parris was a “fire and brimstone” preacher who felt strongly that he was ordained by God…

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