Arthur Miller wrote "The Crucible" as a commentary or parable on the United States during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s. It is written as historical fiction, however, through the play, Miller illuminated how the social i... More »

The McCarthy hearings, which sought to root out communists in the U.S. government during the early 1950s, inspired Arthur Miller to write "The Crucible." Although the play's setting is the 17th-century Salem witch trials... More »

A crucible is defined as a container that can withstand intense heat and also is a severe test, both of which apply to the subject of the play. Arthur Miller wrote "The Crucible" in 1953, depicting the events of the Sale... More »

In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Ann Putnam is a townswoman who falsely accuses innocent midwife Rebecca Nurse of practicing witchcraft. Despite her eight pregnancies, Ann Putnam lost seven children during childbirth a... More » Art & Literature Literature Plays

The political outlook of the playwright Arthur Miller was heavily critical of the United States, the so-called "American dream" and the McCarthyism of the 1950s. He was influenced by his experiences of the Wall Street Cr... More »

One of the most well-known examples of a tragic hero in the works of Arthur Miller is the character Willy Loman from the play "Death of a Salesman." "Death of a Salesman" won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New... More »

Arthur Miller was affected by McCarthyism in that he was subpoenaed to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, or HUAC, as were many of those in the entertainment industry of the era. His play "The Cru... More »