Yesterday we played a game that BASICALLY explains the concept of Marxist Communism. When the game was done, the many laborers had a few cents each, while the one or two masters had much more money. In a perfect world, this system would work because everyone would have as much as they needed and no more or less. Unfortunately, in our greedy world, this system will not work because people cheat and lie and take from others. That is similar to Marxist Communism - the idea is that everyone should share in the work and the profit, but in reality, people get swindled.
The reason for studying this is that our next author, Arthur Miller, was accused of being a communist in America in the 1950s. This was a terrible thing back then and he was brought to court for it. He was convicted and lost everything; Miller lost his good reputation and many of his writings over the next few years (after the accusation) failed.
Because of this incident in his life, Miller chose to write a story about another time in history when people were accused of something and then lost everything for it - the Salem Witch Trials. We will read that book, called The Crucible.
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Arthur Miller Notes
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