How can tragedies such as The Crucible by Arthur Miller reflect social issues? How can tragedies such as The Crucible by Arthur Miller reflect social issues?

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By offering a narrative example of the dangers of certain social and political attitudes, plays like The Crucible provide a relatable and somewhat concrete model of these dangers. This can go a long way to highlighting the overlooked and un-reported sides of a political story, social attitude, etc. 

We see the danger clearly when it has been humanized and put into story form, dramatized for effect and simplified down to its most significant elements. 

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The way stories/plays like this are able to address social issues so effectively is that they display the problems in a way that an audience is able to read/view the tragedies and problems of others from a distance and still apply the principles to their own lives. For example, the lies told by Abigail and others remind us that lying can lead to devastating consequences. Being greedy is a bad thing,...

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