The Title of Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

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1. The Crucible refers to a melting pot, a test of endurance, and the carrying of the cross. Explain why this is an appropriate title for this play. Essay on The Crucible When Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible he intended to create a symbolic story. An obvious sign of The Crucible having a deeper meaning is that it was written to satirize the Red Scare of the 1950s. In addition the powerful title of The Crucible has several meanings that relate back to the play. The first meaning of the Crucible is “a container for melting or purifying metals,” and the second meaning is “a severe trial or test.” As a third meaning one could also say that the word “crucible” is related to the word “crucifix” and by extension the word “bible” if we extrapolate. Fourthly and lastly the Crucible can also be thought of as a literal kettle. Upon analysis it is striking at how aptly the title fits the story. One of the meanings of the word "crucible" is "a container for purifying metals", which could be interpreted as a figurative meaning behind the name of the play. While there isn't an actual container that purifies metals in the story, the title symbolizes how the characters are stripped of their pride and dignity reducing them down to the core of their beings. However they aren't being "purified" in a noble manner that readers may be led to believe or hope for, though. Despite the fact that the Courts believed what their actions were "purifying" Salem, when in reality, they were making an already bad situation worse. The characters weren't being purified, rather events in the story stripped them of what defined them causing them to look deep within their hearts and question a corrupt society in order to not lose themselves in the surrounding... ... middle of paper ... ...finitions can apply on a more general level. Upon analysis Arthur Miller’s choice of the title ”The Crucible” is not coincidental but one of logical reasons. It is obvious that any of the four definitions of a crucible relates directly to the story because the citizens of Salem were melted down to their true colors and put through a severe trial or test with the theme of religion and the symbolism of a crucible present throughout the story. The word 'purify' is very significant in The Crucible. Purification is the main theme that the whole story revolves around, whether it being the courts purifying the citizens or the citizens purifying themselves. Based on the above it is evident that given the 4 varied definitions of a crucible and their applicability in all cases, there is no choice of wording that would result in a deeper meaning title for this story.
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