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Twentieth Century Drama 'The Crucible' In 'The Crucible', Arthur Miller raises many themes that are relevant today. Using one Act explain how these themes are explored through character and action. In 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts, ten teen-age girls claimed that the Reverend Samuel Parris's West Indian slave, Tituba, and two old women of the town had bewitched them. Within six months, 36 were hanged, and one was pressed to death with rocks, presumably because of their connections with Lucifer. Two hundred and sixty years later, in the United States there was another wave of fear that resulted in the imprisonment, loss of income, and even suicide of a number of Americans, on the testimony of a few who alleged that the accused persons were agents or dupes of the international Communist conspiracy. ...read more.


There is no doubt that there are similarities between the two periods. During the McCarthy era it was considered honorable (at least by some) to accuse someone of communist association and almost as honorable to confess to such an accusation, even when the evidence was woefully insubstantial. In some cases, merely to be accused was often equivalent to establishing guilt, and men were often fired from their jobs before their cases had been tried. Justice was abused in the name of law, and good people, seeing this, were afraid, and ashamed. To defend the accused led to guilt by association with them. It was against people's principles not to defend them. ...read more.


Arthur Miller was born on 17 October 1915 in New York City. Miller Graduated from high school in 1932 there was no money to send him to university. He took various jobs to earn money to go to college . A 'Crucible' is an earthen pot for melting metals. Arthur Miller's play is about the early European settlers on the east coast of America trying to establish a new home for themselves after fleeing from religious persecution in Europe. They are a very mixed lot, from all kinds of backgrounds, put together into the 'melting pot'. The melting pot is also seen by some as the means by which we reduce something to a purer form. So, the witch-hunters might be seen as pursuing the hunt for purity and putting the people into the melting pot to make them purer. The importance name in 'The Crucible' ...read more.

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