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the crucible

In the early 1950's there was an outcry of communism in the United States known as the McCarthy Era. Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed that there was a communist conspiracy with the federal government and accused people of being communists. The idea of accusing people of being communists spread and many people were imprisoned, lost their jobs, and even their lives. During the same time, Arthur Miller wrote a play "THE CRUCIBLE" which parallels the Salem witch trials to the McCarthy communist hearings. The theme of the book is that in order for humanity to prosper and survivepersonal integrity must be maintained. The people of Salem believed that they are the "chosen people"so when things go wrong it is easiest for them to accuse the antichrist. Reverend John Hale who is a specialist on the topic of witches is called to Salem to rid them of Lucifer. Throughout the book Hale changed from a man who valued truth and righteousness to a man who believes that all life has intri!
When Hale’s expertise was called on to get to the bottom of the Salem mess, his main goal was to find out the truth. Hale being called to Salem was, “A beloved errand for him” (32).Hale realized that he was the only man in the northeastern reigon one in the vicinity with the specialized knowledge, and this knowledge gave him power.Hale had the power to make people listen and hang on his every word; his knowledge also made it hard for others to question him. Hale is very confident in his expertise and calms the nerves of the town, “Have no fear now. I mean to crush him utterly” (39).There is no doubt in his mind that he will not be able to handle the black cloud that is covering Salem.Not only is Hale going to find Lucifer but when he does he is going to put an end to him.Hale assertively questions Tituba asking if, “When the devil comes does he ever come with another person?” (45).Without Tituba even bringing an

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