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the crucible1







The Crucible

The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller during an era known as

McCarthyism. McCarthyism was a search, or “witch hunt”, led by Senator

Joe McCarthy, for Communists in the nineteen-fifties United States

Government. This “witch hunt” indirectly shed light upon “...one of the

strangest and most awful chapters in human history”: The Salem

Witchcraft Trials of 1692. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a drama of the

true story which took place during the seventeenth century.

In The Crucible, the events flow naturally from one event to the next.

Everything occurs naturally from the mood of the characters. This story is

not contrived, but is based on a true story. This story takes place in Salem,

Massachusetts in the late sixteen-hundreds. The characters of the story

were superstitious and gullible, which allowed for the mass hysteria taken

place. The incident begins with the girls dancing in the forest, which in

turn, generates a witch hunt. The conflict was sufficient enough to keep

interest aroused. There were tension and suspense in the story, covering

basic human instincts and qualities. The story shows the human necessity

for survival, and the lengths which one will go to save his life.

The play opens in a scene of chaos; Betty Parris, daughter of

Reverend Parris, has slipped into what is now known as a coma. When

Betty does not awaken, the townspeople immediately turn to witchcraft

as the concern. Jealousy, caused by theocracy of the times, causes many

of the people to accuse others of witchcraft. Debates over property lines

occur; neighbors are at each others’ throats. Centering now upon John

Proctor, and his wife, Elizabeth, the story takes a turn. Elizabeth is

accused by Abigail Williams of witchcraft. When Elizabeth is standing

trial, Abigail now accuses John of the same crime; he is now to stand trial,

also. At the story’s end, John is hanged, and it becomes apparent to the

town of Salem that there is no such thing as witchcraft. As a result of

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