How does the idea of "Breaking Charity" relate to the themes in The Crucible?
The concept of breaking of charity is something that Miller himself found fascinating in the drama of Salem. While many ascribe Miller's motives as a response to McCarthyism, there is a revelation that Miller was equally, if not more, fascinated with the idea of individuals in Salem simply breaking charity with one another. When reflecting upon the material for the play, Miller writes as much:
... the most common experience of humanity, the shifts of interests that turned loving husbands and wives into stony enemies, loving parents into different supervisors or even exploiters of their children... what they called the breaking of charity with one another.
This is a topic that fascinated Miller, appealing to him on the basis that Salem was an abdication of the social contract that bound political and social society, but also of the contract that...
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