There are many parallels that can be drawn between 'The Crucible' and Arthur Miller's own experiences of court. Around the time of publishing, there was a rise in 'McCarthyism' where Senator McCarthy had been appointed to hunt out America's new 'witches': communists. McCarthy sought not only confessions, but also the names of the alleged associates, if they did not name others, they would not be cleared of charges - much like in Salem 1692, where the
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not to lose interest, Miller must make sure the play does not slow down too much in the last act, so he inserts a crisis into the last act which helps build tension and a quick pace, but also offers a resolution for the main character, John Proctor. Both acts create an equally powerful dramatic impact on the audience, Act 3 with its climax and rapid pace and Act 4 with its dramatic crisis and then resolution.