In The Crucible, what Puritan primary fear is apparent in the philosophy, "In unity still lay the best promise of safety"?
Miller's stage directions to open the drama help to give some theoretical underpinnings to the Salem condition. These help to illuminate why the Witch Trials took hold in a place like Salem, reflective of much in Colonial American life. The idea of "unity" being synonymous with "safety" was a part of this. Miller's idea here is that the philosophy of Salem did not permit for dissent and individualism. Rather, conformity and being part of the larger group was seen as a source of safety for individuals. If individuals did not possess individual elements of...
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