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 injustice of the Puritan's witchcraft trials was no different than what was unfolding around him during the McCarthy Era.Know More
Arthur Miller saw people he knew being accused by Senator Joseph McCarthy and decided to create a social commentary through his play, "The Crucible." A common theme in most of Miller's plays is the personal and social responsibility to stand up to injustice from family and society.
During the Cold War, Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy led speeches, campaigns and trials against suspected Communists in the government, armed forces and even Hollywood. He used his accusatory techniques to stir up the country to paranoia, much like what happened with the witchcraft trails in Salem. McCarthy fed off of the public's fear of Communists to increase his popularity. Later, it was revealed he falsely accused many people, just like in Salem. In the 1950s "McCarthyism" came to refer to McCarthy's accusatory tactics and the general atmosphere of fear during the Cold War. Today the term "McCarthyist" refers to someone who slanders a political opponent's character with baseless attacks.Learn More
The play "The Lion and the Jewel," by Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, is ultimately about the corruption of modern Nigerian culture and the superiority of older culture. This message is portrayed through a man named the Lion and his fight with Lakunle, who has more modern sensibilities. The two fight for the love of the Jewel, a woman named Sidi.Full Answer >
In a French scene, the entrance or exit of a character divides the beginning and the end of the scene. This is different from other scene divisions, which may use a change in background, lighting or stage curtains to signal a scene change.Full Answer >
Chekhov's play "The Brute," also called "The Bear," is a one-act comedy that features three principal characters: Elena Ivanovna Popova, Grigory Stepanovitch Smirnov and Luka. "The Brute" is one of several of Chekhov's comedies referred to as "farce-vaudevilles."Full Answer >
A dramatic climax in a story is the point of the highest action just before the plot is resolved. It generally takes place very late in the story, with the subsequent denouement lasting only short time before the story's end.Full Answer >