The Crucible remains important in society today because the hysteria portrayed in the Salem Witch Trials has potential to corrupt our society/America like it did back then. All it takes is just one lie to create chaos and even the lives of others ripped from their hands. In the Crucible it all started because of Abigail, she was out in the woods dancing, doing witchcraft, and drinking blood. She did all this trying to cast a spell on Proctor 's wife Elizabeth. And she threatens the girls that were there during the dancing that if they go against her story and say more than what they are supposed to she will make them regret everything and say they are lying and no one would believe them. “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a dramatic play that expresses a very important message and that is how far people would go to save themselves from the hands of death. There are many characters in the Crucible who are guilty of taking innocent lives, but there are three major characters who, without a doubt, are the most at blame. The play takes place in the city of Salem, a city filled with people that would do anything to keep their reputation clean. Throughout the play, Miller is introducing multiple characters that experience changes in their decisions and negatively influence more people eventually leading up to the witch trials. The main point that the story revolves around is that people would rather lie and blame someone else instead of confessing and accepting the punishment. By examining the characters of the play, I believe that the three major characters who should be blamed the most for the witch trials are Abigail Williams,
The Crucible has several different themes that Arthur Miller tries to get across. The theme this essay is about is truth versus lie. This is a main theme in the book because it is discussed throughout the whole play. The body paragraphs of my essay will discuss the development of this theme in the play. The reason this theme was chosen is because without it the witch hunts would have never been started. Whether the people being accused of witchcraft live or die, depends on truth versus lies. Now, the development of truth versus lie in The Crucible is going to be explained.
Published in 1952, during a period of cold war tensions, which culminated in the ideological witch trials of the mcarthy era in America; The crucible by Arthure miller is set in 1692 during the witch trials in salem massachusetts. The author has used allegory to position the reader to draw parrelels betweeen the to time periods and critisize the persecution that occured in both eras. One of the main themes that Miller has used to portray this viewpoint is the representation of personal integrity. Integrity is the quality of having strong moral pronciples.This is acheived through strongly contrasted characterisation of characters such as Abigail williams and and Rebecca Nurse, aswell as the inclusion of textual features such as irony, symbolism
Another book read and added to Goodreads, but why was The Crucible chosen to be read in class? What is the importance? This book not only made you think and reflect on your own life, but to see how things are applied and revealed in different ways. The Crucible by Arthur Miller fits its name because of the conflicts the story contains and yet can still connect today with the “crucibles” we face such as revenge and pride.
When people think of the play, “The Crucible”, they usually picture the witch trials and women being hanged, but Arthur Miller depicts the witch trials in a completely new light. He shows through a story that the witch trials were much more than just people calling others witches. There was deceit, pain, greed, and more. Through the play, we follow the character, Abigail, observe her actions and their consequences. We witness the lives of people she impacts, what happens to them, and how many times she lies to get her way. Abigail does all this for the man that she loves and had an affair with, John Proctor. If the reader begins to focus on John, his actions and what he stands for, they are easily able to recognize he portrays characteristics of the flawed nature of an individual. It is shown through the fact that he had an affair, isn’t able to forgive himself, and at the end of the book, is unable to give up something dear to him to save himself and others.
Arthur Miller’s main purpose in writing The Crucible was to show the similarities between the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthy Trials and to warn against government propaganda. At the time that The Crucible was published, America had a huge fear of communism. Anyone accused of having ties with the communist party was shunned. It much resembled the Salem Witch Trials in how the government, or leader of the time, used fear against the people to gain power. For example, Joseph McCarthy can be compared to Reverend Parris in how they both lead the people into the belief that there were intruders in their mists that had plans to sabotage the community.
The Crucible, a production written by Arthur Miller, stays extremely true to its name. The definition of a “crucible” according to Prentice Hall is a severe test or trial, this theme is consistently shown in the play (1257 n1). The drama shows a village in 1692 Massachusetts controlled by puritans, where a large number of people are wrongfully accused of witchcraft (Miller). The village itself could be mistaken as a crucible since the people's values are tested, the trials themselves are the crucible of the story. For many of the characters the test sees if they will lie and accuse someone else of witchcraft, or if they will face death for their honesty. Many characters do not pass their individual tests, others like John Proctor however do
Many people don’t realize that The Crucible is a tragedy. As defined by Oxford Dictionary, a tragedy is “a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character.” This very accurately describes The Crucible. Its tragic events include people being falsely accused of witchcraft and sentenced to jail or death. It has an unhappy ending in which many major characters are killed. The final trait of a tragedy is that it has a “tragic hero”- the main character which experiences a downfall as a result of a tragic flaw. In The Crucible, John Proctor is the tragic hero. John Proctor’s fatal flaw of lust for Abigail was the initiator of numerous events that eventually led to his downfall.
The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is a play that expresses the life of the Puritans within Salem, Massachusetts around 1692. The Puritans had a very strict sort of lifestyle that was influenced by their religious views. This caused a theocracy-based town that had no tolerance for witches or God’s enemy -- Satan. When people were accused of being a witch, hysteria would plague the town; many innocent lives would be taken in attempts to ‘cleanse’ the town of any sign of the Devil. Arthur Miller had the Puritan way of life (and their belief system) extremely accurately; the play connects extremely well to what actually happens. More specifically, how horribly the children were treated, yet how much they were trusted, their moral beliefs,
The Crucible is written by Aurthor Millers. It took place during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. It is based on the real case of the witch trials. The characters contain characteristics that even now people still share those same characteristics. The play The Crucible includes characters that contain characteristics of greediness and jealousy.
The belief in witches had been present in Christian religion since the 14th century. The use of the supernatural as a way to explain the unknown would lead to a ‘witchcraft crave’ that would ripple through Europe, resulting in the execution of tens of thousands, mainly women, who were accused of ‘signing the Devil’s Book’. In this day and age it is difficult to understand why such horrific events took place, however while the fear of witchcraft was infectious at the time, now it is analysed from a much more objective point of view, as Arthur Miller said himself, ‘What terrifies one generation is likely to bring a puzzled smile to the next’(Miller, 1996). The Salem Witch Trials took
Throughout history, there have been many examples of cruelty within society. Often times, this cruelty comes from fear, suspicion, and ignorance. Within the text “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, readers can see that fear can cause people to be cruel to each other. Likewise, the article “Japanese-Americans Internment Camps” supports cruelty caused by suspicion, and “A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials” by Jess Blumberg demonstrates how ignorance can destroy a society.
The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is one of the leading titles in American literature when it comes to the understanding of human motivation. This literature demonstrates what enables the human mind to push itself forward into doing what is set in their mind. As the setting takes place in the 1690s in Salem, a small town in the new colony of Massachusetts Bay, people were living in a Theocracy and were accusing each other of witchcraft and working with the devil. As a result of these accusations, people were getting executed under the court of Salem, which leads to the theme: fear can drive one to the action of the abnormal. This theme reoccurs in The Crucible, and also in literatures outside The Crucible.
The Crucible was originally made as a old english play, over the years it has been changed many ways. It has been performed many times, it has been made into a movie, and lots more. Every time it gets remade it 's never the same as the original. The script, characters, places, objects, and everything else that you can think of has been changed through the years that The Crucible has been out. The small changes can have huge impacts on how the story is told. If a character has a different facial expression then the audience is going to get a completely different feel towards the story. If a character says there line differently then a reaction would be different. The time era of the story being told can change how the play is told, if you take The Crucible and turned in from a mid-century