The Crucible (1953), written by leftist atheist playwright Arthur Miller, is an attack on American Christianity and the fight against the communism. It is a fictionalized portrayal of the Salem Witch Trials and serves as an allegorical attack to the anti-communist agenda of Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy. . The plot follows the protagonist John Proctor (a devout Christian, though unable to recite the Ten Commandments, but this may be due to his previous adulterous affair with Abigail Williams, a hysterical primary accuser) and his wife Elizabeth Proctor, along with several other members of the community, as they are systematically prosecuted for witchcraft.
Although Miller's targets may have been conservative, the kind of behavior he attacks is also exhibited by liberals, especially those quick to condemn people for politically incorrect statements.
- See Arthur Miller's Why I Wrote "The Crucible" in Life & Letters, The New Yorker, Issue Date 1996-10-21