Arthur Miller's The Crucible

1002 Words Feb 4th, 2018 4 Pages
The Puritans pursued their business in a very constrained and orderly way by adhering to their strict theocracy. Theocracy is a form of government that is influenced by religious authority; this is now deemed unconstitutional in America. A community run by Puritans, Salem, Massachusetts, became so far corrupted in 1692 that a heinous witch-hunt resulted. In response to these events, Arthur Miller wrote a play called The Crucible. Shaped by Miller’s experience of being tried before the congressional committee during the hunt for communists in the 1950s, his writing directly paralleled Salem’s witch-hunts to the McCarthy hearings. In his play, Abigail Williams was a seventeen year old girl who single-handedly provoked the search of witches to clear her own name after getting caught “practicing” witchcraft. Most of the people in Salem, along with the court, believed her nonsense because of the implicit issues within a perfectionist society. Abigail’s desperate acts of self-preservation became her avenue of devilish and sinful power. Abigail Williams is presented as an evil force in the play because she defies stringent Puritan commandments: “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, “Thou shalt not bear false witness” and “Thou shalt not kill.” Abigail’s adulterous scandal with John Proctor is the main factor leading to the Salem witch trials. Although Abigail was a…
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