Plot and Charcaters

Plot and Charcaters

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  • Characters: Arthur Miller vs John Proctor
  • Arthur Miller is well known for his plays Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and others that were focused on the working class or other controversial topics during the 1940s and 50s. Miler wasn't afraid to speak out on and publicly display his thoughts and opinions on politics and society's poor choices. John Proctor, of the Crucible, parallels in personality. He calls people out for their faults and lies. He blatantly tells the entire court he doesn't believe in witchcraft and accepts that there will be consequences for his words and actions. 
  • McCarthyism
  • Arthur Miller writes plays that are from working-class perspectives and discuss controversial topics that people aren't willing to talk about without fear of the consequences (Arthur Miller Biography). 
  • I'll talk about controvery! Nobody else will.
  • "God is dead!... you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud!"
  • The Crucible
  • John Proctor calls out Reverend Hale and Danforth for not calling the accusations fraud when they could. He calls them cowards for worrying more about their reputations than other human lives (Miller 79,119,120).
  • "You are a coward!"
  • Plot Point: Destroyed Reputations
  • McCarthyism ultimately led to the destruction of many American lives, jobs, and families. Whether a person was accused truthfully or falsely, their lives were ruined and their reputations were tarnished.  Accused Americans lost their jobs, were bombarded by the government, and isolated from friends and family. In the Crucible those accused of witchcraft, those that confessed to save their own lives, and those freed from jail never came home to the same family, church, or community. They were excommunicated from their churches, fired from their jobs, and neglected by the community. Elizabeth Proctor, pregnant at the time of sentence, never hung at the gallows, but her husband John Proctor did. These events tarnished the Proctor name and led to Elizabeth's remarriage and absence from church. She and her family were never the same.
  • McCarthyism
  • I have no job, my friends hate me, my family isolated me, no one wants to talk to me, and the government is out to get me. 
  • The Crucible
  • John is gone, my children have no real father, I can't go back to church, and the town thinks I'm a witch.
  • "Americans also felt the effects of the Red Scare on a personal level, and thousands of alleged communist sympathizers saw their lives disrupted. They were hounded by law enforcement, alienated from friends and family and fired from their jobs" (Red Scare). 
  • Elizabeth Proctor remarried and lives distraught about John's execution. (Miller 128,146).
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