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What Does Proctor Characterize In The Crucible

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Though the Crucible is fiction, the allegorical character of John Proctor reflects the author, Arthur MIller in the following ways. The Crucible is a comparison to the real life “witch trials “ which we're going on in the real world. Arthur Miller used The Crucible as a way to protest the Red Scare to compare how very similar Salem’s witch trials were to this accusation of communism. The red scare was the inoperable fear of communism within the United States. The Salem trials and communism were times so fearful, when accused you were guilty no matter the verdict. The Crucible is a story within a story, showing the readers how similar the communist accusations are to the Salem witch trials. The Crucible took place in Salem, Massachusetts…show more content…
Those who are accused have no way of defending themselves , the simple accusation means instant guilt. Arthur Miller is accused of being a communist, as John Proctor is accused of being a witch. Arthur Miller was convicted of contempt of congress, and was blacklisted. John Proctor was accused of being a witch and was offered a chance to put his name for the church and admit guilty in exchange for his life. He prefered to die then to give his name for a corrupted church ” How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”. Arthur Miller and John Proctor were both accused and neither turned in their colleagues or neighbors “Beguile me not! I blacken all of them when this is nailed to the church the very day they hang for silence!” . Both Miller and Proctor were offered bribes for their innocence, they chose to pay their lives to go against the church even when innocent. The Salem witch trials and the accusation of communism were both out of pure fear and hysterical attributes. Arthur Miller chose to write about a character named John Proctor. To have a way of not only protesting the Red scare through The Crucible. As well as to use John Proctor as a way to represent himself through his position in society during the communist
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