In The Crucible, Arthur Miller dramatizes the witch-hunts that occurred in 1692 to shed light on the McCarthy-style pursuit of “left leaners” or communists in America in the 1960s. Whilst it lays bare the social and religious rifts in society, it also reveals the self-interested pursuit of power. In The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham depicts a tiered and socially-conservative society in Dungatar, located in the “wheat-yellow plains” district.
In both towns, prejudice, secrets, mistakes and flaws lead to baseless accusations as the social fault lines erupt.
This 57-page Resource Package covers an overview of shared themes, key concerns and character parallels. A checklist of both texts with quotes, themes and “how” techniques. A model essay, and seven extended comparative essay plans with lots of food for thought. (It also includes some extra background on The Crucible.)