Reflection Of The Crucible

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Understanding The Crucible begins with knowing the events that were taking place at the time of its writing. The Crucible was a play that took place during the Salem Witch Trials and is used as a metaphor for the McCarthy hearings that took place at the time of its writing. In the time period the play was set, American Puritans are fearful that the Devil is out to get them and stop their religious mission in America, as said in the Crucible: “...the Salem folk believed that the virgin forest was the Devil’s last preserve, his home base and the citadel of his final stand...the American forest was the last place on earth that was not paying homage to God” (Miller Act 1). When the play was written, America was fearful of Communism and its spread, also called the “Red Scare.” This is evidenced in a textbook passage that says “Throughout the 1940s and 1950s America was overwhelmed with concerns about the threat of communism growing in Eastern Europe and China” (“McCarthyism” 77). Even thought these dates are about 250 years apart, they are both similar circumstances. The fear of the Devil in America in the 1690s led to false accusations based on personal grudges or disputes, as evidenced in The Crucible when Rebecca Nurse, the most devout Christian in Salem, is accused of “...the marvelous and supernatural murder of Goody Putnam’s babies” (Miller Act 2 693-694). If a person didn’t like someone, they could accuse them of witchcraft and they would be tried by the court. These

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