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The play is partly a fictionalised account of the Salem witch trials of 1692 and is an allegory of the McCarthyism in America. It focuses upon a group of young Salem women who accuse other villagers of witchcraft. And in so doing push their society to the limits. Salem’s Puritan society required people to act within its rigid social and religious rules. The trials do not resolve anything, instead those in charge realise their own blindness even if they can’t admit it. Arthur Miller presents a dramatic play which focuses on the dangers of hysteria, ideology, and the lack of individuality.
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