The Influence Of The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953. Miller wrote The Crucible because he was inspired by a personal experience. He was fined and jailed without any evidence and related that to the events of the Salem witch hunt. The play told a story and it indirectly criticized American life in the 1950s. The play also addressed a universal issue, individual freedom versus conformity. People in any society could relate to this universal issue, which was one reason the play was successful. During his research, Miller realized the two events were similar but not completely identical because witchcraft is not real but communism is. Miller may have been inspired to write The Crucible because of a personal experience but in the end, he was truly motivated …show more content…
Abigail exclaimed,” I never called him! Tituba, Tituba…”(1108). Abigail claims that it is Tituba that called the Devil. Tituba is the person who was speaking and singing around the kettle in the forest. The other girls were simply dancing. If Tituba did not chant or sing, the girls would not be dancing and no one would suspect anyone was doing witchcraft. Tituba cried out, “ You lie, Devil, you lie!’ And then he come one stormy night to me, and he say, ‘ Look! I have white people belong to me.’ And I look- and there was Goody Good”(1110). Tituba told Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale she saw the Devil, and with him was Goody Good, one of the villagers in Salem. Tituba started accusing people to free herself from punishment. If she had not started accusing others to protect herself, the witch hunt would not have happened. Tituba lying to Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale is the reason for the uncontrollable witchcraft situation in Salem, making her most responsible for the situation. This argument seems convincing at first but Reverend Parris is the person who is most responsible for the uncontrollable witchcraft situation by the end of act 1. Reverend Parris was not careful with his actions or words. He spoke carelessly in front of others that would spread gossip around the small village of Salem. He accused his niece Abigail of witchcraft in front of Thomas Putnam without knowing the truth or having any evidence. His disregard for privacy further spread the rumor that witchcraft is afoot. His disregard for privacy also allowed the village to know he requested Reverend Hale, a specialist in demonic arts, to visit and check on his daughter. No minister would purposely contact someone who is known for identifying witchcraft without suspicion witchcraft is being used. If Reverend Parris had been more cautious of his

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