Rachel Habing| FEATURES
In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses the Salem witch trials to express his thoughts about McCarthyism. The play focuses on the actions of a group of young girls who are caught dancing in the woods and are suspected of working with the devil. To avoid getting into trouble, the girls, led by Abigail Williams, accuse other members of the community of working with the devil through witchcraft.
While The Crucible is certainly dark, it is not boring. The play was interesting and short enough to keep me engaged throughout the whole thing. Even though the play was written using language from the 17th century, it wasn’t too difficult to understand. The play was especially interesting to me because my U.S. history class was learning about McCarthyism at the same time I was reading The Crucible. I recommend the play to anyone who has a general understanding of the Second Red Scare because the comparison of this time period and the witch trials is really intriguing.