Arthur Miller

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Who was Arthur Miller?

Arthur Miller was an American playwright in the mid-20th century. During this time, bitterness between the United States government and that of the Soviet Union was just beginning, but was nonetheless intensifying. US Senator Joseph McCarthy declared that he possessed a list of alleged communist officials in the US government. As mass paranoia and fear of this political system swept across the nation, people were unfairly accused of imposing communist views, or knowing someone else who shared these ideals. While some of these people gave in, lying to save themselves, those with evident willpower refused to fall subject to the irrational blame. Arthur Miller, one of the accused, spoke out against McCarthy's impractical philosophy and the ignorance of American society.
Aurthur Miller, Salem, MA (1991): Crucible & Trials

Connection between Arthur Miller and Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience"

Arthur Miller was indisputably a prominent example of civil disobedience in American society. As declared in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" essay, "Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on" (Thoreau). Observed from Joseph McCarthy's claim, the American people believed the unjust philosophy that there was communism present in the government, despite any evidence whatsoever. Arthur Miller admirably made known the mass hysteria in the American society and essentially ridiculed McCarthyism. Through making known the ignorance exhibited by the American people during this time, Miller related this period to the Salem Witch Trials in his play, "The Crucible." By speaking out against communism, Miller defied the unwritten standard of always abiding by the government's say in particular matters. Due to this incident, Arthur Miller can undoubtedly be viewed as an American rebel who displayed civil disobedience.