Literary Criticism Of The Crucible

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Literary Analysis Essay I A witch hunt can be defined as a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views. In American History, a slew of “witch hunts’ have taken place, concerning many different groups and many different views. A notable witch hunt in history is the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in Massachusetts from 1692 to 1693. These trials created a basis for society judging its peers from then on. In 1953, Arthur Miller wrote a play based on the actions of those during the Salem Witch Trials called “The Crucible”. In the period in which he wrote the Crucible, there was a historical uprising in which people left and right were being identified as covert Communists if they protested too strongly against the rise of European Fascism and anti-Semitism as the Soviet Union rapidly expanded as an empire. Miller’s writing of “The Crucible” is still important today because it reminds society of its faults, warns of the future problems that will rise, and unearths connections to buried public terrors. Society tends to judge others for faults in which they, unknowingly, also share. Miller exemplifies these faults with his use of the character, Abigail. Abigail is one of the one underlying reasons the witch hunt takes fire because as the blame is thrust on her, she immediately fires it back to the rest of the community. As soon as she is called out for the lies and deceit, she threatens she will, “come to you in the black of some terrible
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