Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Drama is often made interesting to the theatre audience by the author

using characters of a certain type (Hero, Villain). Choose two

characters from the play that you feel might loosely fit these two

categories. Consider how Miller reveals the type of characters people

are in the play.

Arthur Miller was born on October 17th 1915 in New York City (U.S.A).

He graduated from high school in 1932. As there was no money for

university, he work for two years as a shipping clerk and in an

automobile-parts warehouse in Manhattan, then he applied to the

University of Michigan in 1934. He studied economics, history and play

writing. When he graduated in 1938, he worked in Brooklyn Navy Yard,

at the same time writing for radio. His first successful sage play was

" All My Sons" which opened in 1947 and ran for 328 performance. This

was followed by the even more successful play "Death of a Salesman",

which opened in January 1949. In the middle of the McCarthy political

witch hunt he produced "The Crucible" in 1953 a play based on

historical fact it's theme is universal on the moral rights of a

person in an immoral society. The play has always been play in the

exact historical context with puritan clothes and similar settings.

An organisation called Un-American Activities Committee was formed in

1938, under the leadership of Senator Joseph McCarthy. It had the

power to investigate any movement or person who apparently threatened

the state. They became almost paranoid searching for communist

sympathisers in the late 40s and 50s. The committee began to link in

miller's mind with witchcraft trails, which had taken p...

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as he has only been to church three times in that year. When Abigail

finds out that John is in jail she steels from her uncle and bribes

the guard with 30 pounds for John and herself to go to Boston, but

sadly in her case John turns down her offer and unfortunately is

brought to her death, now the audience see she is the real villain and

who the hero is (The choice is yours)

Not long, after the fever died, revered Samuel Parris was voted out

from office, and was never seen or head of again.

The legend has it that Abigail William's trued up later as a

prostitute in Boston and died as a prostitute.

Twenty years after the last hangings the government awarded

compensation to the victims still living and to the families of the


Elizabeth Proctor married again, four years after John Proctor's

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