Arthur miller greatest stage play The Crucible wrote in 1953. The crucible was wrote as a metaphor to the mccarthy trials . Mr. Miller described the book witchcraft trials which is a whole different time period but, this book was trying to represent that the time of the mccarthyism, and how everyone was being accused and harassed for being a commie. In fact Mr. Miller himself was accused for being a commie. In his stage play he made similar connection, like how he had the characters all be accused of witchcraft and even anyone who talk or looked like one was accused , many of the them where innocent people.
Suzanne Howard ENGL 200: Ancient-17th Century Literature Dr. Marinova December 4, 2015 Politically Fuelled Heroes Heroes exist in every culture as an emblem of the best of society. Traditionally, heroes are used to set an example for the everyday citizen, if not to emulate then to inspire. These inspirational figures, and the authors who create them, have a huge influence on societal values. From Babylonian myths and Greek plays reinforcing gender roles to modern cinema defining social trends, those with a far reaching audience can sometimes influence political climates or even incite revolutionary ideas. This power an influential writer finds themselves with can be used to extremely different ends.
Changing the Salem Hysteria Arthur Miller writes a play called The Crucible. In the play, there is a mass hysteria about witchcraft, all started by a group of girls lying about dancing in the woods. The people accused questioned and hanged if they did not confess. Two people that could have stopped the hysteria are Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor.
“The entrance to Hell was often represented as the mouth of a fire breathing monster(the “Hell” mouth). Many miracles described in the Bible were staged of commonly as possible to reinforce faith.” (Pg. 91) The Christian religion during the Roman times used scare tactics to push an agenda and surprisingly similar tactics are still used in current times. On television I watched a show about the afterlife and they described Hell so horrifically and they used audio features like people screaming and the sound of a fire blazing.
Anymore in today’s world people can not always believe what others tell them. For example, in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, when one of the girls accused someone of being a witch, everyone believed them, when in reality the person accused wasn’t really a witch. One of the girls in particular that accused others of being witches was Abigail Williams. When Abigail accused others of being witches, everyone listened and believed. This is how Arthur Miller used the character Abigail Williams in The Crucible to represent the devil figure; in doing so he sends the message that people can not always believe what others tell them.
Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible to represent conflicts invloving good and evil and to involve morals throughout. The play is classified as a morality play and Arthur Miller used characterization and symbolism to represent his ideas of conflicts invloving good and evil. First off, Arthur Miller created the characters known as Proctor, Elizabeth, and Giles Corey. These characters were created to represent Miller's idea of a play classified as a morality. Proctor is married to Elizabeth and both characers were written in terms of breaking the commandments and sinning.
Arthur Miller’s other notable works include “The Crucible,” which was 1953 play production concerning the historic Salem witch trials, “A View From the Bridge,” “The Price,” “The Misfits,” “After the fall,” The American Clock, “A Memory of Two Mondays” and “All my Sons.” In total, Miller wrote 17 plays, many of which were performed on Broadway. Through the year he won many awards and prizes for his work, notably the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Tony Award. The drama critic Mel Gussow, in the New York Times, wrote , “he holds man responsible for his and for his neighbor’s actions.” Critics raved about the consciousness of his work and it’s ability to shed light on the world and its truths.
“The Crucible” Literary Analysis “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” –James 3:16. Translating this quote into the new, simple meaning would be, “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” There is a connection between both, Envy and Jealousy, which both take upon people and do such evil, sinful acts. Abigail, who was strikingly beautiful, dishonest and a manipulative woman in “The Crucible,” had caused such drama throughout the village of Salem, in the year 1692.
starting from Chris who wants to forget his brother Larry and tries to escape his suspicions about his father just to marry Ann and adopt another identity. And even Ann herself is an instance of adopting a new self; she escapes the shame of her father and her anger of his crime by deciding to marry Chris. And the major escaping character is Keller himself, who deliberately blinds his own eyes from the truth and lives disguised in the character of the considerate husband and the honest man. All these themes are used to echo a hidden idea about the ethics and the lost moralities. Miller managed through this play to construct a moral system based on the original virtue that should mount any personal interests (Andreach, 98).
Salem Witchcraft The Crucible is set around the 1600’s and written by Arthur Miller. The puritans lived a very harsh but simple life. The puritans had very few values at the time, one of the values being ‘God’s Authority’. Their material values were more needs than wants, unlike today.