How Is The Crucible An Allegory

How is The Crucible by Arthur Miller an allegory?

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Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953, during the era of McCarthyism in the United States. The play, which is a fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trials, is an allegory (or extended metaphor ) about McCarthyism. During the time period of McCarthyism, which lasted approximately from 1950 to 1956 (with effects lingering afterward), Senator Joseph McCarthy began to accuse government officials and other people of being Communists. As a result, people were blacklisted and stripped of their livelihoods with very little substantiating evidence. The U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated government...

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It is true that The Crucible was originally intended to be an allegory for McCarthyism in the 1950s. However, one could also apply it to any situation where public opinion takes over and creates panic, or adversely affects the outcome of justice, whether in an actual court or the court of public opinion. For instance, Michael Jackson's accusation of child molestation.

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