The Crucible and Social Comentary

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The Crucible was written as a social commentary about the McCarthy hearings in the late 1940’s and the early 1950’s. They were meant to be social commentary on authority and individual rights and its indictment of injustice as a universal theme that can be applied to any age. The Crucible can also be used to be social commentary on the Japanese-American Internment Camps during WWII. There are three characters that relate to the Japanese-American internment events. The first one is Abigail Williams. Abigail relates a lot to the American Government. Her way of getting out of trouble is to blame people who she doesn’t like. Goody Proctor says “She [Abigail] wants me dead. I knew all week it would come to this.” (Miller, 57) This shows how much hatred was omitted from her. She wanted to get out of a sticky situation and so she went and ruined other people’s lives. This relates to the US government because they wanted to “protect” the United States even though these Japanese Americans had not done anything wrong. John Proctor is like the Japanese Internment Victims. He was thrown in jail because he might be a witch. At the end of the play, Procter was going to confess so that he could be released and take care of his kids and when his wife gave birth, he would be able to take care of the kid. This is like the Japanese-American internment victims because they were put in the interment camps just because they might be a threat to the United States and the Pacific coast. The last character that relates to the Japanese Internment is Tituba.. Redo Sentence. She was the actual witch that started the whole thing. She says “We goin’ to Barbados soon the Devil gits here with the feathers and wings.” (Miller, 113) This shows her loyalty to the devil, which means she’s a witch. In the case of the Japanese Internment camps, they locked everyone who might have affiliation with
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