Finally and most importantly, it is this paranoia, common to both stories, that offers the strongest argument for the fact that Miller intends his work as an allegory.
During a time when the U. We will not knowingly employ a Communist or a member or any party or group which advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States by force or by any illegal or unconstitutional methods.
According to History. On 25 Novemberone day after Congress issued contempt citations on the Hollywood Ten, the Motion Picture Association of America announced that "We will forthwith discharge or suspend without compensation those in our employ, and we will not re-employ any of the 10 until such time as he is acquitted or has purged himself of contempt and declares under oath that he is not a Communist The Crucible was written to show people living during the Cold War how ridiculous.
If someone stated that you were a Communist, you were basically considered guilty until proven innocent. Yeah, one is a frozen nightmarescape seven months out of the year and one is a tropical paradise full of Botox.
Certainly, Miller had not only the obvious comparison of setting but also the distinct similarities of characters in mind when he structured his allegory. While Miller 's other works did have allegorical connections, his drama The Crucible had possibly the most obvious, which was the connection to McCarthyism.
Basically, you can take the wording of the Motion Picture Association of America above, substitute the word "witch" for "Communist" and get a sense of what goes down in The Crucible. Several young girls claim to be afflicted by witchcraft. Many innocent lives are lost—John Proctor's, Giles Corey's—and even more lives are flat-out ruined.