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What is the moral of "The Crucible" and how is the play still relevant for a modern audience? The Crucible is a play about the connections between sinning and paranoia, hysteria, and religious intolerance. The people of Arthur Miller's Salem in 1692 would consider the very idea of a private life unorthodox. The government of Salem, and of Massachusetts as a whole, is a theocracy, with the legal system based on the Bible. Moral laws and state laws are the same and someone's personal life must obey these moral laws, or that person represents a threat to the public good. This well planned story of struggle in an oppressive society leaves freedom for many morals for life, death and religion. The Crucible is based in a theocratic society and it is the complete intolerance brought fourth by the ideas in the bible that causes so much frustration and secrecy throughout the play. ...read more.


It then became a wild rampage of cold-blooded revenge. By 1692, Salem had become a fairly established community. Many of the dangers that united the town in its years before have gone, while grudges over property, religious offices, and sexual behaviour have begun to bubble beneath the theocratic surface. These tensions, combined with the paranoia about supernatural forces, pass through the town's religious sensibility and provide the hysteria needed for the witch trials. This can relate to some situations today such as the Iraq war. Ever since the first President Bush went to war with Iraq there have been many investigations into weapons of mass destruction (this can be represented as the witchcraft in Salem). Then when no one found anything they suddenly declared war on Iraq (this can be represented by the witch trials). ...read more.


Some have criticized Miller, while there were no witches in Salem; there were Communists in 1950s America. However, the argument being that Miller's concern in The Crucible is not with whether the accused actually are witches, but the unwillingness of the court officials to believe that they are not witches. It is seen that the courts were not there to see if there were witches in Salem town, they were there to prove that there were witches. I believe that this is because they wanted the Bible to be right. If the Bible says there are witches in a theocratic society there must be witches. It is just who finds them. In light of McCarthyist extremes, which wronged many innocents, the idea was felt powerfully in the time that Miller lived. I feel that Miller had many of his own feelings in the play because he was himself brought forth and accused of being a communist. Marie Lorimer 10n 16th October 2004 ...read more.

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