Examples Of Allegory In The Crucible

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were considered a dark period of time for the Puritans of Salem, Massachusetts. Accusations flew, and many were hung for false accusations of witchcraft. During the 1950s, a similar situation arose across the United States with the “threat” of communism. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible during that time as an allegory to draw parallels to the horrific events of the past. Times of trouble, like these two examples, have different effects on people. Miller shows the differences in change in the characters Reverend Hale, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams to show the various effects of mass hysteria on different people. Reverend Hale is a minister from the nearby town of Beverly and gets called in to help assess the problem in Salem. At the beginning of the play, he seems to be a bit big headed and is very confident in his ability to see right and wrong and to recognize the presence of the Devil. However, later on, as more and more accusations are sent out and mass hysteria erupts, he slowly loses his confidence. The pure insanity of the situation really starts to take a toll on him and he starts to question everything that he thinks he knows. Eventually, he ends up quitting the court when he…show more content…
She starts off the play as a normal servant girl but when Abby sparks the trouble she is quick to jump on board with it. Later on, when John Proctor starts to create doubt in the minds of many court members, she switches sides to help him. But then, when Abby begins to accuse her directly and it no longer looks good for Proctor’s side, she does not hesitate to throw him under the bus and switch back with the other girls. Throughout the play, Mary is always a follower and never a leader, for she is always afraid to spark change out of fear of being on the “losing side.” She changes herself constantly to save her own neck instead of standing up for what’s
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