The comparison of the Salem Witch trials nd Mc Carthyism are examples of things in history that show similarities.Looking at the two historical events, we can see that hysteria was ever-present at the times in which they occurred.The Crucible: Hysteria and Injustice The Crucible: Hysteria and Injustice Thesis Statement: The purpose is to educate and display to the reader the hysteria andinjustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it's doing the"right" thing for society in relation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Introduction: The play is based on the real life witch hunts that occurred in the late1600's in Salem, Massachusetts.
It was easier for them to blame thedevil for their problems of society than fix the problems of their own strictway of life.
So the girls involved with Abigail, like Mercy Lewis and Mary Warren named many people of the town as witches.
It is a purely a controversial play, so why write a play knowing the danger you were putting yourself in?
Arthur Miller wrote the play because he was accused of being a communist; Miller attended meetings between communist writers.
People that were prosecuted were all innocent and their deaths were all due to false accusation of people’s ridiculous belief in superstition and their paranoia.
The Puritans in those times were very strict in personal habits and morality; swearing, drunkenness and gambling would be punished.Those following Abigail are consideredto be holy men that are full of honesty and justice, but the play shows thateven those who are thought to be respectable and right, like people ofgovernment or community leaders can bring death to innocent people if they aredriven by something wrong. Plot: The plot begins with the inciting incident where Rev.Parris finds hisniece Abigail Williams and his daughter Betty along with his slave Tituba doingsome dance in the forest.The climax of the play is in the court room when John Proctor and Mary Warren finally say that Abigail is lying and nobody was doing witch craft.But Abigail is a good actor and liar and actually turns it around on Mr.He was fined and given a suspended prison sentence.When he wrote the play, he focused on a series of true events, which took place in and around the town of Salem.Also importantto the play is how Arthur Miller depicts how one selfish, evil person like Abigail Williams can bring others down and make others follow her to commit evilacts.These evil acts affect even the most honest people in the town like Johnand Elizabeth Proctor, and Rebecca Nurse who cannot fight the accusations madeagainst them by those following Abigail.Important to the major development of the plotis the fact that in the forest, Abigail and the others were just playing likewitches.But they were following Abigail because she wanted to try to put acurse on a lady named Elizabeth Proctor. Proctor's husband, John Proctor, and she wanted to some how get rid of Elizabeth.