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timo-888 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 11, 2008 at 3:08 PM via web

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Parallels between conflict in 'The Crucible' and Modern Day Conflicts

The key topic im working on is 'conflict'

I'm wondering about some possible links between conflict in 'The Crucible' with terrorism, in conjuction with aspects of human nature.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 11, 2008 at 3:45 PM (Answer #2)

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The author Arthur Miller used the historical backdrop of the Salem witch trials to make an analogy of what he viewed as a very dangerous tendency taking place here in the United States in the 1950's. Known as 'McCarthyism' after the senator who set out to condemn certain individuals because of their  alternative political beliefs, and to instill fear in Americans by suggesting that these individuals posed a danger to the United States. In essence, McCarthy believed that these Americans' political beliefs made them 'unamerican' because their beliefs questioned the 'status-quo' of America in the 1950's. Knowing this, one could make the connection between 'The Crucible' and a percentage of the  political atmosphere here in the United States. You mention terrorism, well I guess one could argue that some Americans might feel that anyone with Middle Eastern nationality  poses a threat to America. This would coincide with the hysteria described in 'The Crucible', as well as the communist hysteria of the 1950's. It is important to remember Arthur Miller's intention in 'The Crucible'. The novel is suppose to warn the reader that the dangers of ignorance combined with fear have the potential to destroy a civilization founded on the premise of democracy and the freedom of existence and expression.

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 11, 2008 at 6:27 PM (Answer #3)

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Miller also wrote an adaptation of Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People."  Together these plays make a powerful statement about what can happen during a witch hunt, and the responsibility of the individual to stand up to the community.  Taken together they paint a picture of responsibility to stand up for the "truth" as you perceive it regardless of the reception this response receives (remind you of Thoreau's "different drummer." There will always be a conflict with prophetic individual and the more complex and practical (profit) majority; and there will also be hysteria that leads to witch hunts.  

I don't think this has any parallels in terrorism and racial profiling.   Both have a lot to say about the group/individual conflicts in society.http://www.enotes.com/crucible/themes

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brianb555 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2008 at 1:16 AM (Answer #4)

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what is the comparison between the salem withc trials to now presentday conflicts?

anything would be helpfull

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