Inspired by the house un-american activities committee and the mccarthy trials of the 1950s, arthur miller wrote the crucible, a play set in 1692 salem, massachusetts during the height of the mass hysteria known as the salem witch trials. Fear and mass hysteria in the crucible and arthur miller's views on the play posted on november 17, 2017 by margaret students studying year 12 mainstream english in aos1: unit 4: reading and comparing texts will look carefully at many themes in both texts the crucible a play by arthur miller and year of wonders a novel by geraldine brooks. The crucible is a parable that tells the tale of a similar witch-hunt that went down in playwright arthur miller's time fearing the spread of communism and seeing it as a threat to the nation and to individual freedoms, the american government, led by senator joseph mccarthy, sought out every single communist in the us. The crucible explores how mass hysteria can devastate a community hysteria is most clearly seen in the villagers' irrational acceptance of the girls' fabricated claims of witchcraft.
The yellow bird spirit one of the most vibrant, deep, and sagacious screenplays of the 21st century is arthur miller's the crucible miller brilliantly comments on human morals, authority, and mass hysteria. Character analysis of elizabeth proctor from the crucible by arthur miller in the late sixteen hundreds, the fear of witchcraft was a major concern amongst new englanders arthur miller's book, the crucible, tells the story of a town's obsession with accusing innocent people of witchcraft. In arthur miller's famous play the crucible, mass hysteria leads to the wrongful accusation and hanging of dozens of salem citizens for witchcraft when fear becomes widespread and delusional as it has in salem, it is not fear anymore it is mass hysteria, a collective anxiety.
Miller brilliantly comments on human morals, authority, and mass hysteria he parallels the events of salem in 1600's to the blacklisting and the discrimination against those who were labeled as a communist in america during the 1950's. Analysis of the crucible and a scene by arthur miller the crucible was first produced in 1953 during the mccarthy political 'witch-hunt' the crucible is governed around, the corrupted degeneration of society during this sombre period. - the moral of arthur miller's the crucible the crucible is a play about the connections between sinning and paranoia, hysteria, and religious intolerance the people of arthur miller's salem in 1692 would consider the very idea of a private life unorthodox. 6 director's notes arthur miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the salem witch-hunts of 1692 - one of the strangest and most.
Mass hysteria - the play the crucible by arthur miller was written in response to mccarthyism in the 1950's in 1692 and 1693 the salem witch trials took place in salem massachusetts. Written to warn against mccarthyism, arthur miller's play about the salem witch hunts of the 1600s proves as timely as ever in this exceptional soulpepper production. Arthur miller's play the crucible is centered around the mass hysteria created by accusations of witchcraft in the puritan village of salem, massachusetts in 1692. By mark perry, dramaturg in a 1960 interview, playwright arthur miller described his motive in writing the crucible as follows: it was an attempt to say that one couldn't passively sit back and watch the world being destroyed under him, even if he did share the general guilt.
The classic literature tutor aims to help you better understand classic literature such as novels and plays by providing background information, plot summaries, character analysis, themes analysis. The unexplained hysteria in arthur miller's the crucible dritishri sarangi assistant professor kiit university abstract young women accuse people they dislike of being evil witchesmiller introduces the play with the.
That drives the plot of arthur miller's play, the crucible, is a wild fire ignited by several sparks mass hysteria in the crucible analysis #1 analysis #2. A summary of themes in arthur miller's the crucible learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of the crucible and what it means perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Jealousy the corruption of puritans the anonymity and manipulation of mass hysteria these themes influence the thoughts and actions of many characters in the the crucible and result in the condemnation of the innocent and morally just. In the crucible, neighbors suddenly turn on each other and accuse people they've known for years of practicing witchcraft and devil-worshipthe town of salem falls into mass hysteria, a condition in which community-wide fear overwhelms logic and individual thought and ends up justifying its own existence.