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Arthur Miller was born in New York City on October 17 1915 Miller composed The Crucible in the early 1950s and it used the Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692 as a response to the anti-communist witch hunts to which miller was accused of Miller believed that the madness surrounding the witchcraft trials was similar to McCarthys mission to terminate communism The Crucible is set in a government ruled by a religious authority in which the church and state are one The major theme of The Crucible is reputation because various characters base their actions on protecting their reputation In The Crucible characterization promotes the theme Major characters in The Crucible are John Proctor Reverend Hale Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams John Proctors fear of loosing his good reputation enables him to give Abigail enough time to complete her revenge Even though Proctor is a strong man as said by Abigail he has a secret that he is frightened to confess His lust for Abigail leads to their affair creating Abigails hate and jealousy of Johns wife Elizabeth Being a proud man whose priority is reputation he only admits to the affair once his wife Elizabeth is accused by Abigail He than continues on to call Abigail nothing but a whore As the play progresses John is more concerned with his honor and reputation that he refuses to sign his name in guilt Another major character is Abigail She manipulates everyone knowing that they will care for their reputation The villain inside her allows her to accomplish awful things with out worry of her reputation She is driven by sexual desire and no matter what it takes she wants to be with John She feels very powerful being able to speak in the court and get revenge on everyone she dislikes She leads the girls of the village into her vengeance and succeeds in her plan only because she was given the opportunity The other
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