History Repeats Itself: Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" Essay

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In the story The Crucible, the plot and structure add meaning to the play. Arthur Miller does this by connecting the events of the Red Scare to the Salem Witch Trials. He does this by making the comparisons of how easily it is to trust false things, jump to conclusions too quickly, and believe irrational fears. In the first act of The Crucible, the setting revolved around the community. The community was curious as to if witch craft was happening in the forest where Parris caught the girls dancing. Abigail told the truth that they were just dancing but, when Tituba confessed that she was a witch to save her life Salem then went insane. The community had the fear that the devil was coming to overtake Salem, just like the government in the …show more content…
The community in Salem is basing everything off of spectral evidence to accuse a person, which is being hypocritical by means of just listening to one side of the story. In act three you get to see some of the trials in action. Mary Warren and Proctor go to the court to explain how everything is false and that the girls are lying. When the girls start to act like Mary’s specter is out to get them, Mary flips on Proctor. Other things that happen in the court are Francis Nurse brought in 91 signatures into the court for a testimony saying his wife was not a witch, but Danforth just had every single one arrested. This shows Danforth is self-centered. It also shows in everyday life now pride and power are put before the truth, and the truth will not always prevail. In the last act of The Crucible, it took place in the jailhouse. The Jailhouse was a really dark, cold, and dirty place. They did not take care of the jailers well at all. Reverend Hale, who earlier on in the play was a witchcraft expert, turned on the court. Hale then was going around talking to the people who were wrongfully jailed trying to get them to confess. In a conversation Hale had with Elizabeth about trying to have john confess he told her, “…Life, woman, life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it. I beg you, woman, prevail upon your husband to confess. Let him give his lie. Quail not before God’s judgment in this,

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