I’m sure you’ve debated with yourself many times the book or the movie. This essay proves to you why the movie version is so much better. John Proctor was without a single doubt the best character in The Crucible. The film did an impeccable job of conveying a much better picture of what truly happened in the years 1692 and 1693. Even though many people may consider the book to be the better version of The Crucible their reasons do not compare to the reasons I have written to prove that the movie is the best version. The movie did a much better version of giving us more details and more personality out of the characters such as John Proctor. In the book, John Proctor was a dry and dull character but in the movie, he is incredibly influential.
Events have played out in history that made people realize the inhumane acts of people and the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy era were two of them. The Salem witch trials in 1692 were almost 260 years before the McCarthy “witch hunts” in the 1950s yet there are similarities between them. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, is about the Salem witch trials and is an allegory to the practicing of McCarthyism during the Second Red Scare in the United States, which Miller was a victim of. Although there may be differences between “The Crucible” and McCarthyism, ultimately the anger, lack of evidence, and the people were alike in both events.
However, in real life, Giles Corey, that actually existed during the Salem Witch Trials was killed a different way. He also refused to confess of being bewitch or not, but instead of having heavy stones stacked to his chest, he was stoned to death by the people in the community. They threw stones at him till he couldn’t stand it no more and finally came to a devastating death. Overall, there were more similarities between the film and the Salem Witch Trials that made The Crucible seem historically accurate. Such as, women were out of jail if they were found pregnant, any accused of witchcraft were hung, everyone was found guilty unless proven
The Puritans of Salem, Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century believed lies to be deadly sin. They were of the opinion that the smallest false-telling could turn a person from a path to Heaven to one straight into the arms of the Devil. However, during the Salem Witch Trials in the spring and summer of 1692; lies, deceit, and false accusations became common currency. The character of Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller’s 1952 play, The Crucible, illustrates this type of behavior. Abigail Williams’s lust for John Proctor and her desire for attention motivate her to falsely accuse innocent women of witchcraft, resulting in the regret and desperation she feels in regard to the choices she made, and subsequently her decision to run away from Salem to escape the pain she has caused for herself and for others.
The Crucible will forever be a classic due to its intriguing story line that is based on a true event. The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 are represented as an adulterous romance turned into a vicious plot for vengeance. The Crucible touches on the horrible fates that led to death of so many innocent people, but Arthur Miller does not portray the entireness of the blood bath that was the Salem witch trials. The once Broadway play, that captured the hearts of millions doesn’t hold justice to the anguish the people of Salem endured. However if his goal was to entertain us, he most definitely succeeded.
While it the film keeps true to the original text of The Crucible it adds to it by making it more emotional. The Crucible remains a very worthwhile text to explore, and is full of mostly historically accurate plot twists that inspire sudden surges of emotion. It is an outcry against the injustice of the author’s time, and is thus filled with the passion and emotion that were put into it. It brings to light important concepts of humanity, and things overlooked that must be re-visited, and is highly successful at doing so by appealing to the emotions and thoughts of the viewer. A
Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is set in the same era as The Scarlet Letter, and it has some of the same events. “The Crucible” is mainly a play on the Salem Witch Trials, but it also has an affair mentioned and how it was handled. Comparing “The Crucible” to The Scarlet Letter there are the major differences, but there are also the things that the two works have in common. For example, Abigail, from “The Crucible,” was a girl who had lost her parents and was going to be living with a neighbor of her aunt and uncle to work. That is when the affair happened. Abigail slept with John and was immediately kicked out of that household and forced to live with her aunt and uncle when John’s wife found out. John and his wife agreed with Abigail to keep the affair between the three of them. The Scarlet Letter’s main character, Hester, moved to the area after her husband was declared lost at sea when he was trying to immigrate to her, essentially losing him. Both the main characters had major losses to their personal lives causing them to have to find a way to deal with it. Both Abigail and Hester dealt with the pain of losing loved ones by sleeping with someone. Abigail had her affair with a married man and Hester had her affair with the new priest.
The settings in both The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible are similar in many ...
The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller in 1952, when many issues were going on in the United States. Miller wrote this when Senator Joseph McCarthy was trying to get rid of communists. He related what was happening in his life to the Salem witch trials because there was corruption going on. In his story he wrote about corruption with people being accused of being witches, even though there was no such thing. If the people told the truth saying the weren’t witches, they were sent to death. However, if they “admitted” they were witches they were off the hook as long as they said who the others were. This spreaded the scenario longer than it should have. Just like in Miller’s life how he was thought to be ‘Un-American” and did not give any names to keep it going, because it was not right.
In The Crucible, there was a lot of senseless behavior. The purpose of The Crucible is to educate the reader on the insanity that can form in a group of people who think they are judging fairly upon a group of people. Judge Hawthorne believes what he is told by certain people is the truth even if little evidence is to be shown. The young girls with Abigail convince Hawthorne of others being witches so that Abigail can get what she wants, John Proctor, also so that Abigail does not blackmail the girls. The Crucible by Authur Miller investigates the effects of hysteria, superstitions and repression on the Salem Community in the late 1600’s.
One of the most well known plays of today's generation is The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller. The play was written in 1953 about the Salem Witch Trials that occurred in the late 1600's. Arthur did a careful job of researching the events that took place, and was able to portray them in his own words. About 40 years later, a movie was created about Arthur's play, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Although both portrayals had some major characteristics of each other, there were also some major differences as well. Both Miller and Hytner agreed on some things for The Crucible, they disagreed on other things as well.
Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, and the movie with the same name have many differences and similarities, all of which contribute to the individual effectiveness of each in conveying their central message.
The Crucible is paralleled directly to the Salem Witch Trials and indirectly to the McCarthy hearings of the 1950’s. The story of The Crucible takes place against the background of the Salem Witch, trials but the themes lie much deeper. The main themes expressed in The Crucible relate to the events that occurred at both the Salem Witch Trials and during the McCarthy era. At the Salem Witch Trials, one hundred fifty people were accused of practicing witchcraft and nineteen of those were convicted and executed. The evidence against these people was hardly substantial. At the McCarthy hearings, thousands of people were “blacklisted.” Anyone who tried to oppose the accusations was also viewed as a Communist. No one was convicted due to the more advanced legal system; still, that did not erase the fear that was instilled by the allegations.
A very famous man once said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933). This is certainly true when it comes to Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible. Arthur Miller lived through the Red Scare, also known as McCarthyism. After living through this era and being one of the accused communists Miller wrote the book titled The Crucible in 1952. This book told the story of the Salem witch trials with some modifications to make it more relevant to the current situation. The book ultimately became an allegory devoted solely to McCarthyism. In The Crucible it uses situations such as the actual trials; direct comparisons of the characters in the book to those that participated in the McCarthy trials and, the atmosphere of the two events were almost identical.