In the novel by Arthur Miller, “The Crucible”, directly correlates with the Red Scare by implementing a society that is in fear of the people around them and people are given consequences from crimes they did not even commit. The play is about witchcraft and is based around what happened during the Salem Witch Trials. The rumors spread from each other made havoc throughout the community. Most of the rumors spread throughout the play are for people to achieve their own goals of protection and/or revenge. One could claim that rumors are the root of all trouble in “The Crucible” in the 16th paragraph of the overture that, “The witch-hunt was a perverse manifestation of the panic which set in among all classes when the balance began to turn toward greater individual freedom. In the novel Abigail Williams, the Putnams, and Elizabeth Proctor contribute to some of the rumors that went around.
The crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, a story about adultery, false accusations, and forgiving. The story is a real life based event that happened in the 1600’s when people were falsely being accused of being “Witches”. Along with the false accusations, it led to punishments such as death. In The Crucible, John Proctor’s reputation around the town is known as an Adulterer, he was also victim of false accusations brought against him, and he was forgiving of his sins.]
A ‘crucible’ is an object in which substances are combined and then subjected to high temperatures. Arthur Miller uses this theme to guide “The Crucible” from the exposition, when Puritan girls danced in the woods, to Proctor’s death by the hangman’s noose. Hale and Danforth are closely intertwined in their beliefs and views at the beginning of the play, but, as tensions and temperatures rise, they begin to separate; ultimately ending with contrary beliefs. In the opening scenes, Hale and Danforth are present in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 to cast out demons and witches. When the final curtain falls at the end of Act Four, Hale recognizes that the Salem Witch Trials were a result of repressed emotions and conflicts, and the desire to express them under the pretext of witchcraft. Danforth cannot and will not recognize this fact. Thus, Miller develops the characters of Hale and Danforth into foils for each other by the end of the novel; the growing tension is made evident through dialogue, character development, and through the theme of pride.
One lie described in Stephanie Ericsson’s essay, The Ways We Lie, is referred to as Groupthink. This type of lie is one where people are ignoring the facts because they care more about the group that they are a part of and the views that they have rather than seeking the actual truth. This is a very powerful tactic that Abigail Williams uses to her advantage when trying to convince the court of the validity of her accusations during the witch trials. She believes that if she can get the other girls in Salem to go along with her accusations and make some of their own, then her lies will be able to effectively deceive the authority in Salem. And it works. Abigail is able to get all of the girls to comply with the thoughts and beliefs of the group. All but one, Mary Warren, who says she will expose them. However, once the
Miller shows that much of a society’s stability could be affected by lies and by one’s own selfish needs. Abigail Williams is one of the characters that Miller uses to show how one person could have such a huge impact on a community. Abigail Williams’ affair with John Proctor starts an entire series of events that causes the witch hunts and false accusations in Salem. Her jealousy, envy, and need to stay socially acceptable makes her blame others by demonizing them and their actions. Others in the community take advantage of the beliefs of the Puritan leaders, for their
One lie described in Stephanie Ericsson’s essay, The Ways We Lie, is referred to as Groupthink. This type of lie is one where people are ignoring the facts because they care more about the group that they are a part of and the views that they have rather than seeking the actual truth. This is a very powerful tactic that Abigail Williams uses to her advantage when trying to convince the court of the validity of her accusations during the witch trials. She believes that if she can get the other girls in Salem to go along with her accusations and make some of their own then her lies will be able to effectively deceive the authority in Salem. And it works. Abigail is able to get all of the girls to comply to the thoughts and beliefs of the group. All but one, Mary Warren who says she will expose them. However, once the tables are turned on Mary and Abigail accuses her of
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a story about the tragedies that occur in Salem. This tragedy was caused by mass hysteria that spread through people like wildfire. With people not having the ability to determine right or wrong and most people still following leaders like sheep, there wasn’t a chance to stop this event. This also reflects how false information can be spread across the world with all the technology we have today.
People tend to believe what they want to believe. Whether the information is presented by celebrities, politicians, or through paid advertisements on social media, it can be misinterpreted as true, even when it was proven false. Misinformation causes people to make reckless decisions based on what they have seen or heard. False information has led to unfortunate events, such as the Salem Witch Trials and prejudice-based violence. False information connects events in both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and current society, shaping the opinions of the public and allowing authorities to stay in power despite false evidence against them.
Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is wonderful example of how mass hysteria can spread throughout a small community. The setting of the play is Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 during the infamous Witch Trials. Miller uses these trials and the way they impacted the Salem community as a parallel to the Red Scare of the 1950s. Both time periods show the effect corrupt authorities can have on the lives of others. The author’s most striking commentary is on the role
The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is a play that takes place in the sixteen nineties during the famous but tragic witch trials. The entire community is in pandemonium yet certain characters are also fighting internal conflicts. Miller uses three characters that manifest this internal battle ever so clearly: Mary Warren whose whole world turns upside down, John Proctor who must weigh the importance of his family against his reputation and Reverend Hale who must decide whether to do his job, or do what he knows to be right.
Imagine living in a society where you are guilty till proven innocent, instead of innocent til proven guilty. Due to the bias preference of the word of “God” in the story The Crucible By Arthur Miller, it is greatly implied that many of the casualties such as John and Elizabeth Proctor to name a couple was due to the restricted theology of church and state. In the Puritan New England town of Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls goes dancing in the forest with a black slave named Tituba. While dancing, they are caught by the local minister, Reverend Parris. These girls are who create most of the controversy, as they lie to get through most circumstances. A specific individual is Abigail Williams, playing the victim for example as she blames Tituba in page 43 saying “She makes me drink blood!” leading to Tituba to being pulled to the side in page 44 and yelled at “you will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to death” making her give in, in order for him to spare her life. leading to further unjustifiable atrocities.
Lying leads to terrible tragedies. Lying for so long will make it unpleasant to move on and the more difficult it will become. Just like how The Crucible ends. The Crucible is set in Salem, Massachusetts, at the beginning of the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials. The story is centralized around John Proctor, a white, landowning Puritan who betrayed his wife, Elizabeth by having sex with Abigail Williams. Back in the day, everything was black and white, meaning if something isn’t about God then it must’ve been about the Devil, they were religious people and they would not accept the fact that he had sex with someone else outside of marriage. He denied that nothing ever happened between him and Abigail. While Proctor is not taking responsibility for his actions, he causes a big commotion: people getting arrested and hanged, Abigail and a group of other girls are being accused of being part of Witchcraft. In the fourth act, Proctor is stuck in a situation where he either says the truth about who is part of witchcraft or he gets hanged. Proctor does not confess because he does not want people to use his name in vain and he knows that if he confesses it will leave a bad example for his sons, he decided to die an honest man than to live a fraud. At the end, Proctor ripped the confession knowing that he will be hung. Throughout the play, Arthur Miller creates two themes: the past will always haunt you and as people run away from their problems, their problems will continue to follow
Adolf Hitler once said,“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Lies as seen in The Crucible are told frequently, the biggest and most important lies being told by John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Elizabeth Proctor. The Crucible contains many lies throughout the play, intertwining with each other some leading to the death of John Proctor. During the 1950s, with McCarthyism and Joe McCarthy rising to power by falsely accusing others of being communists, during the second red scare. Lies that lead to catastrophes as seen in The Crucible, are the cause of people’s deaths and spread like wildfires until they consume everything in their path.
Power is used by people to show personal strength and help create order in society. Sometimes, when people abuse power, it can give them an advantage that others strive for and will do anything to obtain. The play The Crucible by Arthur Miller takes place during the Salem witch trials. In the play many innocent people are accused of witchcraft and lose their lives because of the way that certain community members abuse their power. It takes a few brave, morally driven individuals to stand up for the rest of this community and challenge this abuse of power. In the play, the town becomes corrupt due to their fear of the government because Abigail, Hale, and Parris abuse their power in order to protect their reputations.
In The Crucible a lot of stuff happens. A girl controls the whole village with her bad reputation. A families life gets messed up. Also alot, a lot of people die just because of this girls actions. Every bad thing leads to another and that is what happens in this play. In this play it shows who people really are when a person gets power they don't care about others they get what they want. Repetition is everything in that time.Reputation and integrity is a big role in this book just because everyone's reputation changes dramatically over and over again. With a bad reputation you can do bad things. If you have a powerful reputation you can get whatever you want and when you want it. In The Crucible By Arthur Miller, Reputation and integrity was shown by the characters actions.