The Crucible Questions and Answers
by Arthur Miller

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How can I expand on the idea in The Crucible that individuals must remain true to their own identity in the 21st Century?

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I think that one of the most important elements that comes out of Miller's work is the idea that individuals must withstand pressure that seeks to cause them to lose voice and their own sense of self.  This is applicable in Salem.  I can see this applying to the condition of the modern setting, as well.  With the ever present issues in the 21st Century that confront individuals, I think that one can see how the ideas from Miller's drama can apply.  The same pressures that come to bear on individuals in the drama are still present today in different forms.  There are more forces today in the ideas of dogma and zealotry that seek to silence voices in preventing dissent.  It is here where I think that some of the resonance from the drama can be seen today.  There is a lack of empathy and reflection present amongst these forces.  Miller's drama brings out how individuals must always strive to speak their voice.  Consequences should not deter this.  Such a lesson is as relevant today as it was during the times of the Red Scare or in Salem.

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