Arthur Miller’s famous play “The Crucible” which takes place during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 is arguably the most forceful allegory of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s “Red Scare” in the 1950s. The story begins with a group of young girls as they escape to the woods to perform a pagan ritual outlawed by their strict Puritanical religious society. To avoid blame, they claimed to have seen the Devil, and that other members of society serve Him by practicing witchcraft. The town is terrified of their claims and not until many accused witches chose to hang rather than confess did the hysteria cease. Many samples of essays on this topic exist. Use these papers to help write an outline for your essay which should include and introduction, body, and conclusion.
Concepts: Salem witch trials, John Proctor, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Proctor, Salem, Mary Warren, Arthur Miller