Examples Of Parallelism In The Crucible

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In Arthur Miller’s “Why I Wrote The Crucible”, Miller connects The Crucible and the Second Red Scare by highlighting his writing process which in return displays the two different time era’s similarities. He states, “[W]hen I began to think of writing about the hunt for Reds in America, I was motivated in some great part by the paralysis that had set in among many liberals who, despite their discomfort with the inquisitors’ violations of civil rights, were fearful…of being identified as Communists” (Miller “Why I Wrote The Crucible”). Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is an effective allegory due his parallelism of 1690’s Salem to that of 1950’s America. Miller creates the most connections through mirroring characters after real people, developing…show more content…
These parallels are based on human nature that will continually repeat itself in the future, “I know that its paranoid center is still pumping out the same darkly attractive warning that it did in the fifties…[T]he Salem interrogations turn out to be eerily exact models of those yet to come in Stalin’s Russia, Pinochet’s Chile, Mao’s China and other regimes” (Why I Wrote The Crucible”). Miller best shows the faults in human nature through John Proctor who is characterized as the common man. At the play’s conclusion, Proctor still views himself as unworthy and is willing to sacrifice his integrity for his life, “My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before” (The Crucible 136). The fear of his public reputation that weighed on him for so long has destroyed Proctor’s soul, just as the fear of the Second Red Scare destroyed men and their careers. It is through the displaying of fear altering men, that Miller shows how the faults of man are universal, “the play seems to present the same primeval structure of human sacrifice to the furies of fanaticism and paranoia that goes on repeating itself forever as though imbedded in the brain of social man” (“Why I Wrote The Crucible”). Proctor’s common fear is something not only connected to 1950’s America, but to all time because as long as fear is alive, man will continue to be shaped by
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