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The Crucible - Who or what is to blame for the deaths in Salem?

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Garry Sutcliffe 11PCh The Crucible Who or what is to blame for the deaths in Salem? Introduction The author Arthur Miller wrote the play 'The Crucible' The author Arthur Miller was born on the 17th of October 1915, in New York and most of his Childhood life living in Harlem. His father Isidore had moved to America from Austria for a far better life. He got a job as a prosperous clothing manufacturer. The stock market crash of 1929 and the enormous depression that followed ruined is families business. So when Arthur graduated from high school in 1932 there was no money to send him to university. He took various jobs so he could earn money to send himself to college. He worked two years as a shipping clerk in an automobile-parts warehouse in Manhattan. In 1934 he applied for a place at the University of Michigan, at first to study economics and history, but also taking a course in journalism and later on in Playwriting. ...read more.


Under the Chairmanship of Senator Joseph McCarthy, this committee became almost paranoid in its searching for Communist sympathisers amongst the American People in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1945 the Second World War had ended and during the next five or ten years two enormous powerful Countries faced each other, The United States of America and the USSR. American was fighting in Korea in a attempt to stem the ride of Communism in Asia and as each grew more threatening, there were real fears in America that the philosophy of Communism was spreading there and would eventually undermine and destroy capitalism and the American way of life. Almost any criticism of the government or its instructions became, in the eyes of McCarthy, an admission of adherence to communism. Witnesses were bought before the committee to answer charges that they were communist sympathisers and more importantly to name those who they had seen having meetings or discussions, held perhaps ten or twenty years earlier. ...read more.


What was manifestly parallel was the guilt, two centuries apart, of holding illicit, suppressed feelings of alienation and hostility toward standard daylight society as defined by its most orthodox proponents.' The Title A Crucible is a container in which metals are heated to extract the pure element from dross or impurities. In the play John Proctor is tested in a life threatening ordeal and his death at the end rather than betrayal of his conscience shows us that he too has come out of the fire to be Purified. Conclusion The play is about a incident which occurred in 1692, it started with a couple of the local girls having fun in a nearby wood which one of the girls father Reverand Hale caught the girls chanting songs. He accused them of Witchcraft and all of the girls denied it blaming it on each other and one girl blamed it on a Old afro-carribean slave called Tituba, she told the girls terrifying tales and story which of course got to the girls head but the villagers fought they maybe possessed by the devil. ...read more.

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