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Arthur Miller was inspired to write The Crucible because of what happened in America in the 1950's.

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Arthur Miller was inspired to write The Crucible because of what happened in America in the 1950's. Suspicion of witchcraft and an association with the Devil had arisen in the 1600s in Salem, Massachsetts. The allegations and apprehension is comparable with the period of McCarthyism in the United States of America. Joseph McCarthy ( the senator of West Virginia) focused on Democrats in general with baseless and sweeping accusations of communist involvement, giving way for the Republicans to take over Congress and the Presidency. Miller was also taken into investigation, and was asked to name the people who he thought were communists'. He refused to, because he believed people should be given the right to believe in whatever they wanted to believe in. The Political witch-hunt and the Salem trials were quite similar because people that were accused were immediately seen as a communist or a witch, without a trial or any other form of a court In the fifties, the fear of McCarthyism was physical; the communist threat was an actual threat, from a group of people. The hysteria developed from the overreaction of the fear of the communist threat, and was soon taken out of proportion similar to the Salem trials where a large number of people were accused, of being witches who they thought served the devil. ...read more.

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She cannot accept that Proctor doesn't have any feelings for her. She says to him: " I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart. She feels as if he is the missing jigsaw piece in her life. However Protor doesn't want to known, he tells her " ... I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again." He just doesn't want the bond between him and Abigail to exist. Abigail did not care, that Proctor had commited adultery with her in fact she wanted more. Abigail states, " You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is you loved me yet." This is proof, that her passion for him was enormous. Abigail's character undoubtedly contained an element of jealously. She thought that Elizabeth was spoling her dreams of having a relationship with John Proctor. Abigail seduced Proctor whilst working for him and Elizabeth as a maid. As the relationship developed Elizabeth suspected something unusual and ended it by evicting Abigail. She couldn't accept that Proctor didn't love her, and hated the fact that Elizabeth was in a relationship with him.This sordid fling put her in a bad light in the village. ...read more.

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were kept private. She knew it would damage her reputation, this quote from Abigail has been the most unforgettable for me, as it shows how ruthless her character was. " I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil, I saw Goody Booth with the devil!" Frightened of being whipped, and possibly hung, she dishonestly accused innocent people of being 'with' the devil to protect herself. Even in the presence of authority, Abigail isn't afraid to stand up to or question people. These abilities are tested later on in court when Hale or Danforth questions her. In act 3 her power over Danforth is exemplified as he weakens. This gives her courage and unbelievably threatens Danforth, "Let you be aware Mr. Danforth. Think you be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits? "It seems strange to say something so reckless. I think that she is probably trying to shock Danforth into thinking that Mary Warren's story was preposterous. She may cause him to doubt himself for a moment, but whatever its purpose, she quickly assumes a stronger means of defence. She is flexible and can adapt to a changing situation so as to remain in control of things. She is cognitive and very sharp. These abilities are tested later on in court when Hale or Danforth questions her. ...read more.

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