At the crescendo of Act III, a furious Proctor tells the town, "I say GOD IS DEAD!"
This is a reference to controversial German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).
For a quiz grade (25 points), post your interpretation of Miller's use of the quote. Consider:
-Why does he put these words in Proctor's mouth at that moment? What might Miller be trying to get us to notice by referencing Nietzsche, the famous atheist? Does it connect to Miller's life struggle with McCarthyism in the Red Scare, which inspired him to write this play?
-What does Proctor mean? Is he accusing Salem of destroying their own religion? Or does his quote have deeper significance? Look at the context for clues.
-Finally, do you have any personal insights based on your own experiences or beliefs?