Good vs Evil, Reputation and Injustice, as well as fear and hysteria are all key themes in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. Significant events throughout the course of the play were used to highlight and illustrate the importance of these themes within the duration of the play.
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in the year 1953. The play is based on the actual historical event- the Salem Witch Trials of 1692- in which twenty people died due to hangings while seventeen died in prison. There are so many people can be blamed for the witch trials. One of those people would be John Proctor, because if he had not had that affair with Abigail before the witch-hunts, she would not have danced in the woods, or acted as a ringleader for the girls to attract his attention. Maybe if the affair had not happened, no one would have been accused of being a witch, be hung or thrown in prison and Salem would not be a big part of history anymore. In addition, he is guilty for not going to the court immediately after Abigail had confessed to him that the girls are frauds. Mrs. Ann Putnam is another person that I suspect could be a big part of the witch-hunts. She chose to believe in witches because I think it gave her a reason to how all her children mysteriously died right after birth or days and months later. I believe that she was one of the first people who immediately accused her daughter and Betty Parris of being witched. I think she may have given the girls especially Abigail the idea of accusing people of being witches. If Reverend Parris had never been wandering around the woods that night he would have never found the girls, frightened Ruth Putnam, and his daughter Betty into faking ill. He is also guilty for inviting Hale, a witchcraft expert, from another town to investigate, which caused many people to believe that there really are witches in Salem, and for supporting the court to protect his reputation rather than finding out the truth behind everything. There are other suspects but I thi...
The Crucible is a famous play written by Arthur Miller. This play centers around the witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts. In Act II, Abigail and her friends accuse several innocent people of witchcraft. Once they leave the court, Reverend Hale goes to John Proctor’s house to inform Elizabeth Proctor that people in the court have mentioned her name. Then officials of the court, Herrick and Cheever, arrive at the Proctor’s house. They claim to have a warrant for Elizabeth’s arrest because the court declares she practices witchcraft. After, Herrick and Cheever take Elizabeth to jail. Injustice in Act II prevails because of the inability to see the truth. Reverend Hale and John Proctor illuminate the theme that closed-mindedness
Since 1692 students and adults have learned about the Salem witch trials through the famous play The Crucible by Arthur Lee Miller. Yet, the novel by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum present the story of the witch trials and Salem in a divergent meaning. History is based on power, yet it is obtained and shown in various ways. The various ways in which power is shown in history were uncovered from the many Salem Village and Salem Town residents over an almost 100-year time span. Three prime examples which are money or inheritance, your name, and who did not like who, will be discussed in the following essay.
It’s the 1690’s in Salem Massachusetts and allegations are in the air; the town is tense and no one can be trusted. This is the setting of the play The Crucible which tells the story of the Salem witch trials. The play was written during the Red Scare, or the fear of communism, of the Cold War. This gave the play a double meaning. Instead of just being a historical play, to show how history always repeats itself. The Crucible, written in 1953 by Arthur Miller, reflects 20th century American plays and the time period by using the Salem witch trials to open the eyes of Americans to the Red Scare and McCarthyism.
The Crucible, as Originally produced by Arthur Miller in 1953, is a well acclaimed tragedy that still holds reverence today. Given its prestige and overall dramatic richness, it can be understood why the Playmaker’s very own Desdemona Chiang chose to recreate and reimagine the play. The Crucible, being set in Salem Massachusetts, is centered around the spectacle of witch hunts that occurred in the year 1692. As imagined, mass hysteria, fear, and paranoia, occurred because of this. The plot of the play is centered around the protagonist John proctor (Ariel Shafir), a prideful man who finds himself entangled in these bizarre events. Throughout the play, Proctor (Ariel Shafir) and his allies struggle to convince the Salem townspeople of the nonsense and inaccuracies that surround the witch hunts. The conflict of the play has an underlying message as it represents the struggle between reason of the human mind and irrational hysteria. The theme of The Crucible embodies how a community can turn so quickly on one another, and
The Crucible Coursework Essay The Crucible was written in 1952 by the playwright Arthur Miller. It is an allegory of the McCarthy ‘witch-hunts’ which occurred during the 1950’s. It was effectively the arrest and questioning of those suspected of communist views or that sympathised with communists. The USA was very suspicious of communists due to the Cold War between itself and the USSR. Joe McCarthy, leader of the governmental organisation, the Anti-Democracy Policy, headed the hunts.
To briefly summary the Crucible and what ignited the crazy accusation and witchcraft. Group of girls were dancing wildly in the wood with a black slave that goes by the name Tituba. Reverend Parris caught them in act. Shortly after, his daughter, Betty, who was part of the ritual, became ill. The town heard about it assume that witchcraft have something to do with it. Abigail, the leader of the group were being questioned about what was happening the forest and does it have something to do with witchcraft. She denied it and it was only dancing for fun. Reverend Parris believed her words and told the town folks. John Proctor came into the picture and told Abigail to stop the craziness. John Proctor and Abigail happened to have a secret affair while Abigail was working for him. Elizabeth, John’s wife, fired her once she found out about it.
Rebecca Nurse was one of the many victims during this time, while being a midwife for Thomas Putnam wife Ann Putnam Rebecca was accused of witchcraft because Ann believed that Goody Nurse was the cause for the death of her 7 out of 8 children therefore caused Ann Putnam to get her vengeance and blame Rebecca Nurse for witchcraft and caused goody Nurse her to hang. Another victim was Elizabeth Proctor by the one and only Abigail Williams. While a servant for the Proctors, John Proctor and Abigail Williams were committing adultery, after Abigail getting caught and fired and she wanting to continue the affair with John but they weren't on the same page. After learning that John didn't want to continue the affair Abigail tries to get revenge and stabs herself and blames it on Elizabeth with witchcraft, John realizes what Abigail is trying to do and confesses, "She thinks to dance on my wife's grave! And well she night for I thought of her softly, God help me, I lusted."…(Miller 193). This quote is important because this is when things started to turn and Proctor confess to having a affair and now everyone knows the truth about Abigail and what she has really done and her real reasoning of stabbing herself. In the crucible while trying to get vengeances it will not always be the revenge they are looking
In the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, evokes a deadly mixture of unlawful sexuality, terror of devil-worship, and political administration. The Play develops after Parris witnessed his own daughter and niece along with numerous of other girls from the town dancing in the woods. After being terribly startle, Parris daughter, Betty falls into a bizarre illness no doctor could cure; her illness was what initiated the fuel to the first rumors of witchcraft. Frightened, terrified and willing to do anything to save themselves, the girls began to blame innocent people from the town to be witches and/or practice witchcraft. Due to these falsely accusations, nineteen innocent people were hanged, and many people’s lives were ruined.