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Unformatted text preview: The Crucible Essay The Crucible by Arthur Miller was an allegory pertaining to the Witchcraft Trials , McCarthyism, the test of mettle. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. Mettle is derived from the word metal which both means interchangeably in the literal sense and in the figurative sense of "stuff of which a person is made" until the spellings and senses diverged early. The play of The Crucible illustrated how mettle was tested. Elizabeth Proctor and Mary Warren had their mettle tested and both failed. Elizabeth Proctor, the woman that never lied in her life (John Proctor), ironically lied for the first time when in court with her husband. Is it acceptable to lie to save your husband? By the actions of Elizabeth, it shows that it is. Her honesty and courage to tell the truth was tested when Danforth questioned her if Abigail Williams was thrown out of the Proctors residence because...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course AML AML2010 taught by Professor Sakal during the Spring '10 term at Broward College.
- Spring '10
- The Crucible