The Crucible Essay

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“I visited Salem for the first time on a dismal spring day in 1952….” (Miller 1095) that’s what started it all. Arthur Miller was motivated to write The Crucible due to the trauma done to the liberals during the McCarthyism trials. The question is, was he a little too motivated to write it? Could his thirst for vengeance for those accused fuel him to over-exaggerate what happened in order to prove a point? Arthur Miller overused his artistic license because Joseph McCarthy was accusing important people of being communists, he wasn’t exactly like Danforth, and some of the accused in the McCarthyism trials were actual communists.
To begin with, Joseph McCarthy wasn’t accusing unimportant people of being communists. In fact, “McCarthy claimed that he had a list of 205 people in the State Department that were known to be members of the American Communist Party.” (Spartacus Educational) Arthur Miller himself was put on a blacklist of the House of Un-American ...view middle of the document...

Contrarily, when McCarthy was accusing people of being communist, he “lost the chairmanship of the Government Committee on Operations of the Senate.” (Spartacus Educational) Danforth wasn’t even accusing people of witchcraft, he was just the judge. Abigail and the girls were the real ones behind all of the allegations. Danforth’s only concern was to maintain control and power and he was willing to get anything for that. Senator McCarthy wasn’t even the most important in society. In fact, his position in society was more like John Putnam where he had a lot to his name, but wasn’t in charge.
Finally, people were actually found of being communists in the McCarthyism trials. People admitted to it and weren’t just doing so to save their names because they were blacklisted either way. Communism was already a problem in society and McCarthy just brought it to their attention that some of these behaviors were going on in their own government. There was a screening held of 3,000 federal employees and some of them had been communists, fascists, alcoholics, and sexual deviants. (Spartacus Educational) During the witch hunt, there weren’t any found witches, there were just people suspected of practicing witchcraft.
Clearly, Arthur Miller exaggerated too much because McCarthy wasn’t accusing the runts of society, He didn’t resemble Danforth accurately enough, and there were real communists in the McCarthyism trials. Others may say that Danforth and McCarthy were too much alike for it to be over-exaggerated, but Danforth posted the list of confessed witches on the church doors. That would be as if McCarthy had posted the list on the Capital building. However, McCarthy never posted the list nor did he have an interest in doing so, the Secretary of State was the one that published it (Spartacus Educational). Arthur Miller was so motivated to avenge what happened to the liberals that he would’ve done anything to do so, even exaggerate. Arthur Miller said it himself, “The Crucible was an act of desperation….” (Miller, 1095)

Works Cited

Simkin, John. "Joseph McCarthy." Spartacus Educational. Spartacus Educational, Jan.
2014. Web. 03 Feb.2014.
Miller, Arthur. Why I Wrote The Crucible. Holt. Holt, 2010. 1095-96. Print.

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