McCarthyism and Allegory

Miller wrote The Crucible during a time of political turmoil in the US. He recognised similar behaviour between 1950’s US and the Salem Witch trials in 1692. This relationship is evident in The Crucible.

allegory |ˈaləˌgôrē|

noun ( pl. -ries)

a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one : Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey. (The New Oxford American Dictionary)

Complete the table to demonstrate the parallels between The Crucible and the McCarthy trials.

Fortunately, art has helped us learn from the mistakes of the past. Or has it? You might also like to look for hysteria surrounding the opinions of muslims in parts of Europe, Australia and the US particularly since the Twin Towers attack.

Image: ‘Tiffany as Mary Warren in The Crucible – over 11,000 views

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