One of the things that have been said of the crucible, arthur miller's new play about the salem witchcraft trials, is that we must not be misled by its obvious saved themselves by “confession”—not for a cause, not for “civil rights,” not even to defeat the error that hanged them, but for their own credit on earth and in heaven. Arthur miller (1915–2005) was the author of essays, journals, short stories, a novel, and a children's book, but is best known for his more than two dozen plays, which include the seminal american dramas death of a salesman and the crucible a staunch patriot and humanist, miller's work conveys a deeply moral outlook. Understanding similarities between mccarthyism and the crucible is the key to understanding symbolism in the play read on for an explanation of mccarthyism: arthur miller was called before the house un-american activities committee and subsequently blacklisted the crucible: arthur miller wrote it.
In this article, i'll provide historical background on mccarthyism, tell you about arthur miller's personal involvement with the investigations of alleged communists early in the essay, he relates the us state department's fear of china after the communist takeover to the fear of black magic in the crucible. Capitalizing on those concerns, a young senator named joseph mccarthy made a public accusation that more than two hundred “card-carrying” communists had infiltrated the united states government though eventually his accusations were proven to be untrue, and he was censured by the senate for.
In the crucible, by arthur miller, danforth is most responsible for the tragedy in salem because he allows his personal characteristics to take precedence over his professional duty [tags: danforth arthur miller was motivated to write the crucible due to the trauma done to the liberals during the mccarthyism trials.
In response to this period of intimidation, playwright arthur miller penned some of his most notable works, including the crucible (1953), an interpretation of the events that occurred in 17th the way in which miller paralleled the witch trials with the era of mccarthyism earned him a seat in front of huac.