Paranoia In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Miller’s use of rhetorical strategies is used to describe the audience's viewpoint during real-life time events through the fictionalized story of the Salem in which it demonstrates witch trials in Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 1692-3 in which were the same situation. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, was written during the late 40s and the early 50s illustrates the effects of paranoia during the “Red Scare”. Paranoia can make people alter their future outcomes with their actions when fear is introduced upon society, questioning ethnic morals will lead to consequences that shall be brought upon if broken. The situation brought tension between society, leading to the loss of each other and betrayal upon each other. Miller's use…show more content…
An example of such comparison would be when he states, “My fictional view of the period, my sense of its unreality had been, like any impotence, a psychological painful experience”(17). Miller clearly states that viewpoint coming from the fictional characters from The Crucible compares to his reality. The reality in which both places had to maintain a “social unity intact”, “authority of leaders had to be hardened”, and “words of skepticism had to be constricted”(17). The Crucible is a story in which it compares the two worlds such as fictional and non-fictional and makes them into one, the story is not history but instead, a moral, “political and psychological construct that floats on the fluid of emotion from both eras”(47). Miller would also use simile to compare two thing or two words, an example would be when it states, “Turning to Salem was like looking into a petri dish, an embalmed stasis with its principal moving forces caught in stillness”(28). Salem is being compared to a petri dish in which it’s used to culture cells and implying how Salem can be frozen when principals are presented into
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