12. The Crucible
"Satan may reach anyone, sir."Arthur Millar's inspiration for The Crucible came from his experiences during the Hollywood black-listings, including being questioned by The House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities back in 1956. There are clear parallels between the fear-mongering of the early Cold War and the Salem Witch Trials: both were eras of fear-mongering, where any deviation from allegedly pure ideals was met with harsh punishments and far too many innocent people became victims of guilt by association. Faith and conviction can be used for good, but The Crucible is a profound illustration of the damage which dogmatic beliefs can wreak if left unchecked.