The Crucible Symbolism
What’s Right? & What’s Wrong?
One of the world’s wisest philosophers once said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light” (Plato). In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Miller demonstrates how the Red Scare of the 1950s is similar to the devastating Salem Witch Trials of 1692. When Arthur Miller put The Crucible into writing, the world was a scary place, even in such a great nation such as the United States of America. This was the same as the town of Salem Massachusetts, when everybody began pointing fingers at one another and started bewitching each other. Throughout history, there have been many morality plays, such as Shakespearean plays, novels like Animal Farm, 1984, and many more. Arthur Miller uses The Crucible as a morality play by demonstrating good and evil through characters and connecting the play itself to the Red Scare.
To start, Arthur Miller uses characters in the play to demonstrate good and evil. Throughout Salem, there were many good characters such as Giles, Rebecca, John, Elizabeth, Sarah, etc., trying to do the right thing even though they stood no chance against the tyrannical court system. For example, when all of the people were being condemned of witchery, and forced to confess, many would not because it was not in their morals to do so. When Giles was being pressed to death, he would not give any names and would not confess to any wrong doings just to please the court…