The Crucible as an Allegory

The Crucible as an Allegory
Social Climate
The Climate in both cultures was
burdened with petty politics and
conflicts among neighbors
Cultural Beliefs
1692- The Puritans had a strong belief in God.
To Puritans, the enemy was the devil, and
those who participated in witchcraft were
1950- “The American way” was an ideal.
Communism was seen as a great evil.
Americans who advocated Communism were
seen a treasonous.
Cultural Fears
1692- The Salemites knew that people in
other towns had been convicted of
1950- Americans knew that some
Communist spies had been convicted.
1692- The church, especially Reverend
Hale, is the expert.
1950- The experts were those in the U.S.
secret service.
Trial Proceedings
Danforth’s courtroom procedures and
McCarthy’s techniques during the
hearings were both marked by relentless
questioning, presumption of the
defendants’ guilt, acceptance of flimsy
evidence, and stubborn insistence on the
validity and power of the proceedings.
Treatment of Victims
1692- In Salem, 19 people were hanged, several
died in jail, and one was pressed to death.
Others spent time in prison and suffered the
loss of property and prestige.
1950- The victims of the court proceedings lost
prestige, sometimes lost their jobs, and
sometimes even had to leave the country.
All Done!

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