Symbols In The Crucible

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In The Crucible is but one symbol that is blatantly clear is that of the crucible in the play itself. The play, set in Salem, Massachusetts during the start of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, is about the struggle to discover truth within the twisted and brutal lies that circlulate about the corrupted town, started mainly by a young girl by the name of Abigail Williams. The significance of the title in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible is a persecution towards the people who were being accused of witchcraft who were put through both literal and theoretical fires, just as metal and ores are put into a crucible to melt such as.
The crucible is a play full of symbolism, one being the crucible itself. The Crucible has two meanings in the play,
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The symbols of the play foreshadow everyone's actions, which is what gives us more themes in the play. As the characters start to collapse the objects around them is what is helping them such as the bird Abigail seen in court - which nobody else seen other than the girls that Abigail had following her - who Abigail said had the spirit of Mary. The bird is also a symbol, which represents the breakdown of Abigail, which brings about the theme of deceit, because she wasn’t able to see spirits as she claimed and didn’t actually see a bird. The symbols are what creates the many themes in this play.
If the girls were seen in the woods without the crucible, witchcraft most likely wouldn’t have been the thought, which brings me to the conclusion that without the crucible there would have been no tragedy. Also other symbols in the play represent innocence and corruption. For instance the rabbit which represents the innocence, who was eaten after coming into the proctors home. And the bird that Abigail seen in the courtroom symbolizes the corruption in Abigail. The symbols overall represent the society's break down, and how corrupted the people of Salem really
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