For this project I chose to highlight the impact of McCarthyism on the development of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. To do this, I made a video based off of the popular educational series Crash Course, due to the common association between that series and history or literature. In my video, I described the context of the time in which the play was written (1953) and discussed what effect that may have had on Miller. Then, I compared this time period to that of when the play was set as a means of highlighting the obvious similarities between the two (such as the role of accusations and how that drove the plot/historical events). I had hoped that by comparing the setting and plot of the play to that of the time period in which it was published, I would be able to clearly show the undeniable connection between the two, and ultimately highlight Miller’s reasoning for writing The Crucible (as a reflection of what he was going through himself).
I chose to do explore this connection by creating a video because during my research I noticed a surprising lack of media sources (especially Crash Course videos) about either the time period of when it was published, the play itself, or the time period of the setting. This sparked me to want to create my own video in the style of a Crash Course video, as I believed that the already recognizable layout and the common association of the videos with topics such as history or literature would make understanding the historical context of this play far easier for audiences.