The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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In Arthur Miller’s writing he clearly says his profound political and moral convictions. In 1953 Arthur Miller drew upon the Salem witchcraft trials in 1692 to attack the anti-communist “witch hunts” of the 1950’s. Because the Puritans deeply feared the power of Satan, the villagers of Salem became involved in the hysterical climate not only out of religious reasons but also because it gives them a chance to act on their own personal grudges. When Reverend Parris’s daughter and Abagail Williams started having fits over convulsion, screaming, and hallucination, the theocracy sets up a court to identify the witches in the village. The witch trials are the ultimate expression of intolerance because hanging witches is a way for the…show more content…
The conversation between Elizabeth and John is very brief displaying the cold tension remaining in the relationship since the affair with Abagail Williams. Elizabeth is suspicious of her husband and can tell he has been acting strange since his wrongdoing. In the Proctor household there is an atmosphere of guilt which shows the physical distance between the two and underlines an emotional and psychological barrier between them. “Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven month since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round you heart. I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house!” Proctor yells ferociously. John Proctor has conveyed sorrow for his sins and asked for forgiveness, yet Elizabeth does not seem to want to reconcile with John. The distrust in the Proctor household displays the crisis and detachment between John and Elizabeth which leads to the bitter tension between them. From the moment Cheever comes to arrest Elizabeth in Act II, the Proctor relationship begins to change. Abagail Williams, who is having an affair with John Proctor, uses the situation of the town’s hysteria to accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft by sending her spirit through a doll to stab
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