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How successful is the Crucible as an allegory? Allegory: An Allegory is a story, poem, picture or a character in a story with an undermined meaning. In this essay I will be discussing how successful the Crucible is as an allegory. The Crucible was originally written in 1950s America at the time when communism was at a peak. Many accused were sentenced to life. This was commonplace in the 1600's America. This related to the 'Which hunts' and trials in Salem 1692. The main aim of thgis essay is to discuss Although it is hard to find or spot the allegory in the play, when read between the lines it is easily worked out. The Crucible can be passed as an allegory as the play links to 1940's and 1950's in America for instance communism and the 'Red Scare'. This is cleverly done with the happenings of so called 'witchcraft' in Salem 1692. ...read more.


BETTY: I saw goody Bibber with the Devil! ABIGAIL: I saw Goody Booth with the devil! The harsh repetition and vicious exclamations powerfully capture a sense of 'Devilish imagery', accusations and various other tones such as prolepsis and exaggeration. The communists of 1950's America were constantly being accused of communism and hunted as they were thought of a threat and disruption in society. Salem 1692 was a small village far from cities. Salem was a small trustworthy community where anything of this nature was unheard of. In the summer of 1692 in Salem several girls were caught dancing in the forest performing simple charms upon boys to win their hearts over. Over time the meeting had become out of hand, a local lawyer and uncle to one named Abigail discovered them and immediately felt threatened. The morning after Betty the daughter of Mr and Mrs Putnam lay unconscious. There Parris confronted his niece Abigail Williams with what he saw. ...read more.


PUTNAM: They say you've sent for reverend hale of Beverly? PARRIS: A precaution only. He has much experience in all demonic arts, and I- MRS PUTNAM: He has indeed; and found a witch in Beverly last year, and let you remember that. PARRIS: Now, Goody Ann, they only thought that were a witch, and I am certain that there element of witchcraft here. PUTNAM: No witchcraft! Now look you Mr Parris- PARRIS: Thomas, Thomas I pray you leap not to witchcraft. I know that you - you least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house. Thomas Putnam symbolises McCarthy. Abigail Williams is also greedy and non-caring about others. Abigail seeks the love and affection of her one love John Proctor. . John Proctor is a happy man living a calm life on the outskirts of the town when a non-expected visitor arrives on his doorstep he immediately scenes danger. Jonathan Quere 21/11/03 ...read more.

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