Arthur Miller's The Crucible : An Allegory For Mccarthyism

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Communism as defined by the dictionary is “A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.” Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is an allegory for McCarthyism during the red scare due to the identical proceeds that divulge within not only The Crucible’s plot but also history, such as the accused confessing to a crime they did not commit to save their life, people rising to power by taking advantage of others, and accusations having credibility with no affirmation. “The Crucible” was published in 1952 just two years after the start of the McCarthy era. Faultless civilian and politicians alike …show more content…

In a scene where Abigail is abusing her power gained simply by playing to the town’s mentality, she ruins Tituba by saying .”She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!” (Miller 44). At this point, Abigail who has consistently displayed untrustworthy characteristics and selfishness, is taking advantage of someone who is trying to prevent more false claims before they go too far. This goes hand-in-hand with the measures Joseph McCarthy undertook to earn his reputation, he besmirched innocent peoples names to gain his own following and political presence. These actions of Abigail perfectly impersonate those of McCarthy the only difference being scale and context. During the McCarthy era, accusations predominantly did not have any evidence even remotely pertaining to those in question. This is reflected in The Crucible when allegations from Abigail and Betty were taken seriously. Them simply crying wolf was substance enough for authority to question and arrest the innocent subjects in question. When Abigail understands the power she has gained she says “I want to open myself! I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!”

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