The Crucible Summary

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The Crucible





The Evolution of a Truth Seeker
A crucible is a severe test as of patients or belief, a trial. The play The Crucible is a
journey through the trials of many townspeople caused by the superstitious belief of
witchcraft. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller progresses and evolves the outlooks and views
of the townspeople of Salem and shows how events, people, and catastrophes cause the
characters to change their views on whether the people prosecuted were guilty or innocent
of witchcraft. Reverend John Hale changes his view, more and more drastically as the play
advances, as a result of the events that he underwent and the experiences he had. Soon he
had total belief in the innocence of all those convicted and hung in Salem.

Arthur Miller weaves many events into the story that contribute to the alteration in
Hale’s mindset. In the middle of Act 1, Hale arrives and is perceived by the town as
“The truth seeker”. Hale is called upon to determine what sort of witchcraft,
if any, is occurring (Page 33-35). Hale arrives admired by the people, who all want him to
claim it was witchcraft that has occurred. Although unsure, he understands he is being led
toward the conclusion of witchcraft by the town’s false pretences and mass hysteria.
He begins to see a weakness in the position of the townspeople of Salem and tries to not
let common accusations be the support for his diagnosis.

The conversations that Hale has demonstrate the evolution of his mindset. In Act II, Hale
is traveling around the town, going house-to-house, searching for accused women to warn
them that their names have been mentioned in the court. Soon, Hale finds himself standing
at the Proctor home. At this moment, Hale sees a different perspective on the entire
situation.

“Proctor: I – I have no witness and cannot prove it, except my word be taken.
But I know the children’s sickness had naught to do with witchcraft. Mr. Parris
discovered them sportin’ in the woods. They were startled and took sick. Hale: Who
told you this? Proctor: Abigail Williams.”(Page 68-69)

Originally, Hale was only provided evidence that witchcraft was occurring in the town. Now
that he has visited the Proctor’s home, he finds more support for his suspicion of
the girls’ claims as he finds truth in the words of John Proctor.

“Abigail Williams told you it had naught to do with witchcraft… Why –
why did you keep this? …Nonsense! Mister, I have myself examined Tituba, Sarah Good,
and numerous others that have confessed to dealing with the Devil. Thy have confessed
it… And you – would you testify to this in court?”(Page 68-69)
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