The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The traditional saying of “history repeats itself” is extensively and effectively demonstrated in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Arthur draws parallels between the concept of the witch trials and the “Red Scare” through the entire play to the old adage. The truth of this concept is that similar events continue to occur multiple times throughout history. The events that took place in the 1690’s and the 1950’s seem completely insane in today’s world; the foolishness of society’s belief system and the way situations were handled were very extreme in the past. Many people believe that humans have come a long way since the witch trials but in Arthur Miller’s play, which was written in the era of the “Red Scare” and the practice of McCarthyism, indicates that society has not progressed far from these days. The setting of The Crucible is 1962, in Salem, Massachusetts. This was during the witch trials. The colony that the play is set around is a puritan colony; this information sets up the belief system of the characters. Puritans were very religious; they feared God and were beyond terrified to be associated with the devil. The plot of the play is set around numerous people being indicted of witchcraft, these accusations led to the crude punishments of the accused; one of the first was Tituba. Tituba is a black woman who was a servant of Reverend Parris. Tituba was a simple target because she was part of the minority group, even though she was not indicted for being black, her

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