The Themes Of Mccarthyism In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the small Massachusetts village of Salem, a group of girls fell ill, and falling victim to hallucinations and seizures. The girls possess a power that residents fear being accuse of socializing with evil spirits and casting spell. This play dramatizes the idea of McCarthyism in which many residents was send to death along the judgement of witch hunt.
The theme of the play portrays the corruption of government. Miller show this by incorporating McCarthyism that was going on during his time period in the 1950s when he wrote the play. James Kimble describe McCarthyism as, “crystallized these fears, formally expressing as national sense of dread...” (123). It was something to be fear
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Witchcraft was a huge thing that happen during that time period that contribute many people death. It was something powerful to have or use, but it was also freighting to others. Waltraud Maierhofer stated, “the best-documented trials in the history of witchcraft persecution, and their historical background will be familiar to most readers (359).” Witchcraft in a very interesting topic in many history class as how silly and ridiculous people are being accuse of. There was a lot of witch hunt happen in Salem on 1692, which they executed twenty innocent people (Maierhofer 359). By the time the trials stopped, many people confess about two hundred or more people accused of witchcraft. Many were hanged or imprison. When the hunt finally stopped many of the elite member demanded a new higher court, which withdrawn all accusations and set prisoners …show more content…
It shows how silly people are accused of being a witch. In an audience perceptive, the play show how witchcraft is not real and the girls that cause the problem in the first place can get away by sentences many residents to be hanged. This show how witchcraft can empower the girls to commit murders without committing an actual crime. According to George Castellitto, “Many Arthur Miller scholars concentrate on his recurrent concern with post-Depression and post-World War II cultural, sociological, and economic issues that beset the protagonist of his drama (74).” This shows Miller experienced a lot of challenges during his life that he incorporates into his

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