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In the Salem witch-hunts, Arthur Miller discerned 'a kind of perverse, malign poetry.' Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

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In the Salem witch-hunts, Arthur Miller discerned 'a kind of perverse, malign poetry.' Arthur Miller's The Crucible provides an accurate account of the Salem witch trials which is set in 1692. During this time, people were peroccupied by a fear of the devil, due to their severe Puritan belief system. However, it seems that this book also has its roots in events of the 1950's and 1960's, such as the activities of the House Un-American Committee and the "Red Scare." Is The Crucible a work of art inspired by actual events as a response to political and moral issues then? ...read more.

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There is a great parallel between the witch trials and the "Red Scare." Both created a frenzy among the public, involved people going against each other to prove their innocence, and sought to hunt out those who rebelled against the dominant values of the time. The issues dealt with by Miller in documenting one of these clearly describes almost exactly the issues of the other. It is obvious in all the events represented through the writing of The Crucible that there is a common loss of judgment due to unjustified hysteria. This makes me bring out a question, why would a similar event happen again about 260 years later? ...read more.

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This thing should not happen, then why? I can only think of one answer, that is, no matter how we develop our world, no matter how we expand our knowledge, our internal belief and feeling remains the same. We are still very flaccid and in some degree of a coward, we are easily been scared, and once we are afraid of something, we cannot control our mind nor see our consciousness. Will this sort of event happen again in the future? I do not know, but what I do know is that it will be pathetic for us if this happen again. English 10B Period 4 Jing, Ge ...read more.

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