How does Arthur Miller's life relate to his play "The Crucible?"Basically, I would like to know what happened in his life that could be linked to parts of the Crucible, for example did he have an...

How does Arthur Miller's life relate to his play "The Crucible?"

Basically, I would like to know what happened in his life that could be linked to parts of the Crucible, for example did he have an affair like John Proctor and Abigail or which character in the book does his life relate to the most and why. So basically, what influenced him to write certain parts of the book and the book in general? 

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There are only a few things which I could find which speak to a direct parallel between the life of Arthur Miller and his play "The Crucible."

1. Arthur Miller is known to have had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. This affair took place when Miller was married to his first wife (Mary Slattery). Soon after the affair, and his subsequent divorce, Miller married Monroe.

2. Given that Miller was married to Monroe, he was most assuredly familiar with the concept of hysteria. Monroe was a icon, hysteria followed her.

3. Arthur Miller also spent some time facing social problems. Miller was accused of sympathizing with communists. Given the accusations, Miller was blacklisted (like the other 320 authors and artists). (This all happen during Sen.Joseph McCarthy's act to flush out communist sympathizers--come to be known as McCarthyism.) ON a side note, these accusations mirror the ones seen in the play and the hysteria which followed.)

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