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The Crucible: Long Essay Danielle Atlas
The Crucible, a drama by Arthur Miller effectively explores and deals with a number of enduring social and moral problems. These problems are not only contemporaneous and contemporary, but also have featured repeatedly throughout history. The Crucible, written in America in the 1950s is a tragic drama centring the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The drama itself is suggested to be an allegory for the anti-Communist "witch-hunts" of Miller's own context. It was published at the height of Joseph McCarthy's anti Communist campaign and parallels are drawn between the witch hunts of Salem and the 'witch hunts' of 1950s America - namely unsupported accusations, corruption and distrust and a spiral of fear and suspicion. However, the themes, issues and problems raised in the drama can be applied outside of any context, showing how the consequences of hysteria are problematised in a general sense. The problems raised by Miller are dealt with in the play through a variety of dramatic techniques and conventions, allowing the audience to condone or condemn many of the actions, decisions, themes and issues raised and problematised in the drama.
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