Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (1953), a powerful play set in Puritan Massachusetts, asserts that across time, members of society have been alienated due to minute differences that go against the accepted conformity, a trend that has existed well into modern times; however, this idea would not have been as clearly communicated if the play’s setting had been other in American colonies. This message most appropriately connects with Salem, Massachusetts, where it was famed for its witch trials during colonial times. While the idea of shunning others due to their differences of opinion can be seen anywhere, the consequences of doing this would not have been so lucidly communicated had the play taken place in other colonies like Pennsylvania. Founded by Quaker William Penn, this colony adhered to Quaker ideas, which were considerably more liberal than the ideas of other religious sects.
As evidenced by the film and history, Massachusetts was clearly a very strict hierarchal society, a stark contrast to society in Pennsylvania. For example, Tituba was a slave from Barbados who became one of the first to be blamed and punished for assisting the devil, and it was difficult for her to defend herself against the word of Abigail Williams because Tituba was deemed inferior for being black and a slave. She also would not been given a trial either because slaves were not seen as true members of society. The Puritans only listened to her when she started turning the blame on other society…

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