The Omissions Of Arthur Miller 's The Crucible Essay

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The Blemishes of Arthur Miller
There have been only a few truly good plays in the history of American literature. One of the most important of these plays is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Written in the wake of the McCarthy trials of suspected U.S. communists, it was intended to point out the hypocrisy of any and all witch hunts. However, The Crucible, being one of the world greatest works of literature, has it flaws. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is associated with child abuse, slavery, and sexism.
In the year of 1692, times were tough, money was tight, and everyone was on edge. The only thing that mattered in Massachusetts was your status in the community, and when that was in jeopardy, it was the children who suffered at the hands of the adults. The parents of these children were on top of their offspring at all times, helicopter parents if you will. The view point was that if the children were not supervised at all times, they would run amok. “It is hardly surprisingly, that young women who gather in the woods to dance, have strong imaginations” (Woolway 1). Rev. Parris, the town preacher, was on edge with a girl by the name of Abigail who was suspected of conjuring spirits in the forest. Rev. Parris verbally abuses Abigail by threatening her so his reputation is not tarnished. “Now look you, child, your punishment will come in its time. But if you trafficked with the spirits in the forest, I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.”…

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