The Crucible - Historical and Literary Terms

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Hysteria
an exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement displayed among a group of people
Allegory
a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation
Theocracy
a form of government in which a country is ruled by religious leaders
Autocracy
a government in which one person has absolute power
Communism
a way of organizing a society in which the government owns the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) and there is no privately owned property
Puritanism
Puritanism was a religious reform movement that arose within the Church of England in the late sixteenth century. Its religion is based on a strict moral code
McCarthyism
a mid-20th century political attitude characterized chiefly by opposition to elements held to be subversive and by the use of tactics involving personal attacks on individuals by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations especially on the basis of unsubstantiated charges
Crucible
a container made of substance that can resist great heat, for melting, fusing, or calcining ores, metals

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