Throughout the 1950’s, there was a threat of Communism taking over America called the Red Scare. Arthur Miller concluded to write an allegory for the Red Scare and make it into a play. The play exemplifies bits and pieces of the Red Scare. During this period of time, people were being accused of being communist. Everyone was blamed and no one was safe.
Miller, within The Crucible, uses symbolism creates an effective allegory that shows the connection that it has to McCarthyism. The symbolism used within the play symbolized McCarthy’s accusations and allegations. The doll that is found on Elizabeth Proctor's shelf is considered a traditional symbol of voodoo and witchcraft, “Elizabeth: ‘I never kept no poppets, not since I were a girl.’ Cheever, embarrassed, glancing toward the mantel where sits Mary Warren's poppet: ‘I spy a poppet, Goody Proctor.’ Elizabeth: ‘Oh!
The chapter, “Without Wood,” revolves around Rose Hsu Jordan and her failing marriage. Ted, her soon-to-be ex-husband decides he wants a divorce while on a business trip. The weeds thriving in their once beautiful garden leads Rose to her decisions. The weeds represent her marriage, Rose and her role in marriage, and that she is truly without wood.
A character having an ability to be an influence of fatality is a dangerously powerful trait to have. The victim’s life is placed into the hands of the influencer. This power of fatality can be seen within Robert Frost’s poem, “Out, Out,” when a personified buzz saw cuts the hand off the boy using it. This injury causes him to die. This power of fatality can also be seen in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “The Birthmark,” a scientist, named Aylmer creates a risky and unreliable potion that was expected to remove his wife’s birthmark but, it ultimately kills her.
Allegory is something that is directed towards one thing, but can also relate to numerous other things. It is like a metaphor. Allegory is not a symbol; it is told or explained by a symbol. It wakes something symbolic of something else. For example, Mary Anne Bell had a necklace made up of human tongues around her neck.
Aylmer, the Murderer A murderer, classified as many things. One definition of a murderer, someone who kills another physically, or mentally. Murders happen way more than they should. Almost 44 murders occur just in the United States per day. In the story, “The Birthmark”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne many questions come out about whether Aylmer, Georgiana’s husband could hold the title of a murderer.
Nathaniel Hawthorne named one of his short stories based on the main symbol within the plot. Of course the short story being discussed is “The Birthmark.” Why would a story about a birthmark be filled with symbolism in regards to motives and actions? Hawthorne based his story around a couple who decide to take a risk to try and remove a birthmark. What is so special about a birthmark?
Brilliance, doesn’t everyone strive to be brilliant in one form or another? I, Edgar Allen Poe, am a misfortunate being, whose more often than not let his brilliance slip away. Perhaps it’s because in my long thirty-three years, death never ceased to stop following me. Living with my mother was a joy I’ve never known, having no recollection of her as she past when I was merely a child, while my father left months prior. I was taken in by John Allan, who I never quite got along with to say the least, and his lovely wife Frances Allan.
Aylmer’s potion doomed him by take away her breath. Aspiration for perfect wife not only kills Georgiana, it also spoils her husband because his longing to fabricate the ideal woman made him to overlook her true love and the beauty. Eventually, petty imperfection is all he could see when he romance with his wife. Georgian’s admirers are wise enough to understand that perfection is not a goal worth pursuing. Although these characters are invisible throughout the story they appreciate Georgina more than her husband does.
In literature, archetypes “evoke deep and perhaps unconscious responses in a reader” (2043). Similarly, Hawthorne uses various symbols in “The Minister’s Veil,” and “The Birthmark” to enhance, and clarify his stories’ themes. Hawthorne’s tenacity on his symbols leaves a huge burden on them. His stories become overly dependent, so much so if a symbol is too obscure the story becomes a riddle. Consequently, the birthmark fails to establish the story’s theme, and thus the story trembles.