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Published on Oct 27, 2014
Part one of a series on the background, context, literary elements, and characters of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. This lesson covers more of the historical and contextual elements than the literary elements.
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The Crucible, Part 1: Contexts and Allegory Historical and Contemporary Contexts 1692—Salem Witch Trials
1950-1954—McCarthy’s “Red Scare” Allegory Any story, poem, or other work of art that is highly, or even completely, symbolic or full of symbols Usually symbolic of some psychological or spiritual journey or process Salem, 1692 A series of accusations of witchcraft made by young women and girls in the village of Salem, MA
Salem, 1692 As the accusations and hysteria spread, judges were brought in to investigate Salem, 1692 Hearings led to confessions to avoid hanging and accusations that led to hangings This is the broad plot overview of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Further Information on the Salem Witch Trials America, 1950s The Soviet Union had emerged as our main rival in foreign affairs after World War II 1950-1953—Korean War Growing fear of Communism as a worldview in direct competition to America’s economic and political interests around the world America, 1950s Development of the hydrogen bomb 1953—Rosenberg Trials 1953—Soviets detonate their first hydrogen bomb America, 1950s 1950—Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin claims that the State Department and other Federal agencies had been infiltrated by communists McCarthy gains notoriety and political success through his accusations 1954—McCarthy accuses the Army of being soft on communism and is censured by the Senate and his popularity declines rapidly
Arthur Miller 1949—Death of a Salesman first performed Miller’s second play to receive critical acclaim 1952—Miller’s acquaintance, Elia Kazan, testifies before McCarthy, giving the names of former communist collaborators Arthur Miller 1953—The Crucible opens McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee denies Miller a passport 1956—Miller testifies before the HUAC, accompanied by his then wife, Marilyn Monroe Miller refuses to name former communist collaborators Miller’s Allegory Miller saw HUAC’s work and the witch trials as analogous to one another and wrote The Crucible as an allegory of his own day while preserving a fairly accurate representation of the trials Next Lesson Contextual and literary connections Notes about American plays in the early 20th century The dramatis personae of the play Thanks for Watching