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The Crucible's Relevance to today's Society

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Salem has a lot to say about life three hundred years on. The underlying theme of 'The Crucible' is still true today. Witch-hunt. Even today if a serious crime is committed people jump to conclusions and look for the odd one out as a scapegoat. I will examine some examples of these. The Coldwar is one of the best examples of this but to understand why I will look at the cause of the coldwar. The coldwar was a war without direct fighting between the two superpowers of the world the USA and the USSR. The two countries were ideological enemies each believing their system of government and their way of life was the best and only way. The USA was a democracy and held free democratic elections. The USSR was a communist state it was a one party dictatorship. In the USA business and property were owned privately. In the USSR the state controlled business and property. The USA was the world's wealthiest country. But there was great poverty as well as great wealth. The USSR was an economic superpower also. However the general standard of living was lower in the USSR than in the USA. ...read more.


To which John Proctor replies " God is dead!" and then followed by, "A fire a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it's my face, and yours Danforth.... God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together. Which is admitting to witchcraft or to being a communist in 1950's America. Unfortunately the underlying theme of 'The Crucible' is true today if not more so. This is because of the introduction of easier and faster access to the news. You can now find out what is going on in the world by TV, e-mail or the Internet. This means that as soon as some major crime is committed in the country or the world, people want who ever committed the crime as soon as possible. So witch hunts start and people look for scapegoats. A couple of recent examples of this are the terrorists act on September 11th in New York and Washington. Everybody jumped to the conclusion that it was Osma Bin Ladin, before anyone had a scrap of evidence and so he was used as a scapegoat. So now there is a witch-hunt in progress. ...read more.


Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher?" To which Elizabeth Proctor replies "No sir". Then after Mary turns on him and under the pressure he says he says, "God is dead" which for a puritan society is admitting to witchcraft. The play is so well known that quotes from it are used in TV shows. For instance when there is a 'witch-hunt' for a leek in 'The West Wing' one of the interviewees says (jokingly) "I saw Elizabeth Proctor with the devil." So even though 'The Crucible' is about 50 years old quotes are still used from it. It is quite easy to see why the play is in production every week somewhere in the world. Even though Arthur Miller has set the play more than 300 years ago the themes are still relevant today, as I have shown. Even in our supposedly civilised society when someone2 commits a crime we jump through hoops trying to pin the blame on someone else and we are not to picky on who. This I have demonstrated in talking about recent events in America. So are we really all that civilised when we still look for the odd one out and put the blame on them like we did three hundred years ago? ...read more.

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