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The Crucible The witch trials in Salem Massachusetts in the early sixteen hundreds was a time of uneasiness and suspicion Anyone could easily turn in his or her neighbor on the ground of witchcraft Someone could merely say their neighbors spirit had attacked them during the night which no man can prove Nevertheless as a God-fearing community they could not think of denying the evidence because to deny the existence of Evil is to deny the existence of Goodness which is God The most important scene in the play was act two scene three where John Proctor is able to talk with his wife Elizabeth one last time He decides that he will confess to the crime of witchcraft thereby avoiding being hung However to accept what he said the judge also requires him to sign a written confession which states that he confessed to the crime of witchcraft Judge Danforth would post it on the church door to use Proctor as an example to get other people to confess That upset Proctor greatly because people would look down on him with disdain and it would blacken forever his name What was most important to him was to make a stand against the insanity of the town for himself and for God and using that as a last resort to make people aware of what was happening This last stand for righteousness is an example of proctors great character and rationale Arthur Miller wrote his play The Crucible a story about the Salem witch trials and the panic resulting from it as an allegory to show people the insanity of the McCarthy hearings He wrote it as an allegory so that if tried by
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