Examples Of Allegory In The Crucible

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The Crucible The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller lived October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005. He was born in Harlem, New York and attended the University of Michigan. When he wrote The Crucible, his portrayal of the Salem Witch Trials, the House of Un-American Activities Committee refused to renew his passport. They deemed The Crucible was an allegory to McCarthyism. The book follows the events that occurred in Salem, Massachusetts. It portrays from the view point of the girl who started the witch hunt to townsfolk being victimized by the horrible acts of fearful people. The person most responsible for the epidemic of fear is Abigail Williams, a manipulative teenager trying to connect with her lover. Abigail Williams…show more content…
She knew the people she blamed were innocent. “We were dancin’ in the woods last night, and my uncle leaped in on us.” (Miller 22) She had the opportunity to end the madness. Instead she continued to accuse people, resulting in the death of twenty Salem residents. If she had just took responsibility she could have saved lives. The witch hunt led to Abigail having a destructive power trip. She controlled the town with fear. She acted as a ringleader to a bunch of scared girls. “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” (Miller 20) She controlled them and used the Court Officials to do her deeds. She not only acted as a tyrant but she pulled other people into her mess. Abigail Williams is the main reason behind the Salem witch hunt. She is the one who broke the rules of the church and brought all the girls and Tituba into the woods. Once the “Blame Game” started, she could have ended the hysteria. Instead, she continued her false accusations. This all accumulated to a major power trip by Abigail Williams that led to a demolished Salem, Massachusetts. She deserves the most blame because not only did she start the Salem witch trials but Abigail could have stopped

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