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The Crucible Q & A Essay

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The Crucible 1) The play is an allegory because it shows people the insanity of the Anti-Communist hearings by Senator Joe McCarthy on February 3, 1953. This play was also based on the fear of Communism during the Cold War. An allegory has two meanings and so does the play written by Author Miller. That is why The Crucible is an allegory.2) During the time of the Salem witchcraft trials, most people thought that God was great and that people were born with sin. People were always thinking about the sinful ways of man and how God saw us. During the time of the trials, things were very rigid and God was seen as the final measure. The words from the minister were the words from God.3) A theocracy is a constitution of a country, in which God is regarded as the sole ruler and the laws of the realm are seen as divine commands. In addition, a theocracy is a country in which control is in the hands of the clergy.4) In the beginning of the play, Parris starts to see witchcraft in the town of Salem, when he sees his niece, his daughter, and other girls dancing around in the woods. Parris knows that Abigail is lying about the dancing and the witchcraft so he fears any defense or personal attacks that may be taken upon the false accusations. Hale comes to Salem to investigate the witchcraft trials. Hale feels disappointed with the accusations he defends and feel guilty at the end because of his knowledge that he caused the execution of many innocent people. Goody Putnam suspects that there is some supernatural reason for the deaths of seven of her children and blames Rebecca Nurse because of how she brought up all of her babies healthy with none dying. Danforth approaches the witchcraft trials with a strict rules and law that block out any sense of rationality. Under his legal orders, an accusation of witchcraft automatically requires a conviction. Danforth shows that his greatest interest is preserving the reputation of the court when he encourages Proctor to sign a confession, which prevents his execution.5) Proctor, who was a farmer in Salem, exposes the girls as frauds who are only pretending that there is witchcraft. Proctor is an intelligent man who can easily detect foolishness in others and expose it. Because of his affair with Abigail Williams, Proctor questions whether or not he is a principled man, even though his affair with Abigail is the only major imperfection attributed to Proctor, who is seen as honorable and moral. At the end of the play, he does not feel decent enough to place himself as a sufferer of the cause when he is given the chance to save himself.6) Hale approaches the situation of the witchcraft trials precisely and intellectually, believing that he can define the supernatural causes to the young woman in definitive terms. Despite his early enthusiasm for recognizing the presence of witchcraft in Salem, Hale grew disappointed with the witchcraft accusations that defend Proctor when...

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