From Witch Trials to Red Scare: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Perceptions of Women Through History

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The goal of this essay is to use Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to examine the gendered power structures at play in 1690s Puritan New England and 1950s Anti-Communist America while also studying how Miller uses such structures in his drama. Though Miller’s intention was to write The Crucible in opposition to McCarthyism and the Red Scare, his treatment of his female characters operates in accordance with the Anti-Communists’ perception of women.


Theatre and Performance Studies

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