Puritan Intolerance In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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No doubt, McCarthyism was well-known and embraced by Arthur Miller. His 1953 play on the Salem witch trials act as an allegory to Joseph McCarthy’s scandal, comparing them to a “witch hunt”, thus an allusion to the Salem tragedies. Miller uses his characters in a strict way to develop his allegory of the Puritan intolerance. Strongly implanted by Miller, his theme of intolerance demonstrates what Miller himself thinks and what he is trying to put forth. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Miller uses his characters of Deputy Governor Danforth, Abigail Williams, and Marry Warren to construct his overall theme of intolerance and thus did so substantially, proving his theory that a witch hunt provides nothing in which good comes out of it. As Deputy Governor, Danforth demonstrates his intolerance through the power of his position as well as the power of the others. He has caused the conviction and execution of numerous townsmen and women, though all evidence has been seen as circumstantial. No matter how close John Proctor was able to get to convince Danforth of the pretense of the girls, Danforth eventually always leads back to persuading that the Devil is in fact “in Salem” as well as corrupting it. His intolerance shows not only through his threat of contempt of the court to various townspeople, but also to Mary Warren and Abigail Williams when questioned regarding the pretense of the girls. Saying “The law, based upon the Bible, and the Bible, writ by Almighty God, forbid the

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