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In The Crucible written by Arthur Miller the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail There is more to the play than the witch trials though The Crucible was composed during a time when a similar hysteria was sweeping through America A virtually unkown senator by the name of Joseph McCarthy was propelled into infamy when while at a speaking engagement at thee Republican Womens Club of Wheeling West Virginia he charged 205 persons in the US State Department of being members of the Communist Party Martine 8 Fear caused the American people to succumb to the preposterous charges brought forth by McCarthy displaying resemblances to that of the Salem community in 1692 Carey 51 In Arthur Millers play The Crucible there is evidence of parallels between the Salem of 1692 and America of the 1950s the American Government of the 1950s and its misuse of power and the high court depicted in the play using its power to impose a misguided ju The Crucible takes place in Salem Massachusetts in the spring of 1692 in a village shrouded with chaos The people of Salem were in uncertain times Just a year earlier a witch in the nearby town of Beverly was executed and now the witch hysteria had spread to their village Confused the people didnt know who to blame whether it be the girls the negro slave or even the Devil himself The insanity that came about was an indication of the fear of individual freedom Miller 6 In The Crucible hysteria and hidden agendas break down the social structure and then everyone must protect themselves from the people that they thought were their friends The church the legal system and the togetherness of the community died so that the girls and their families social status might be protectedThe fact that Salem was a Puritan community did not help matters either Puritans were a strict religous
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