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Critical Analysis The Crucible History tends to repeat itself People forget the lessons that should have been learned from past mistakes no matter how dire the consequences had been The 1990 film Guilty by Suspicion which recreates the story of the Blacklist Era in Hollywood in the 1950s when accusations of communist activities rocked the creative community has many comparisons that can be drawn between those involved in the blacklisting Guilty by Suspicion and the characters from Arthur Millers play The Crucible who played important roles in the Salem witch trials in the late 1600s The character John Proctor a farmer in The Crucible similar to David Merrill in Guilty by Suspicion Both John and David tell the truth neither of them will confess to something they did not do and they both want to keep their names Both John and David tell the truth well at least they tell what they know I have known her sir I have known her stated John Act II He knows this is what he has to do to free his wife so he reveals his biggest secret When David is confronted about being a communist he tells them that he had gone to a few meetings but he never signed up for anything They both thought that if they told the truth they would be let go or let off easier Apparently life is not always what we think it is and it is definitely not as easy as we think it is What is a good reason to lie All it does is get you into more trouble so if you tell the truth to begin with everything will be a lot easier John and David are both fearful of what might happen to them if they do confess I have been thinking I would confess to them Elizabeth What you say If I give them that said John Act II If you want something you
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