Preview
Preview

The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay

No Works Cited
Length: 2316 words (6.6 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Blue      
Open Document




- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The Crucible by Arthur Miller


Arthur Miller was an American playwright who was born in 1915. He
grew up in New York to a Jewish family. He graduated from the
University of Michigan in 1938 where he began to distinguish himself
as a playwright. His first plays were Honors at Dawn (1936) and No
Villain (1937) which won the University of Michigan Hopwood Awards.
His Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer prize in 1949. Miller wrote
The Crucible in 1953 during the McCarthy period when Americans were
accusing each other of Pro-Communist beliefs. Many of Miller’s
friends were being attacked as communists and in 1956, Miller himself
was brought before the House of Un-American Activities Committee where
he was found guilty of beliefs in communism. The verdict was reversed
in 1957 in an appeals court. Miller married Marylin Monroe in 1956
but divorced her in 1961.

The Crucible is set against the backdrop of the mad witch hunts of
the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. It is about a town,
after accusations from a few girls, which begins a mad hunt for
witches that did not exist. Many townspeople were hanged on charges
of witchcraft. Miller brings out the absurdity of the incident with
the theme of truth and righteousness. The theme is conveyed through
the struggles of Miller’s main character, John Proctor.

Summary

Act one begins with Reverend Parris praying over her daughter, Betty
Parris, who lies unconscious on her bed. Through conversations
between Reverend Parris and his niece Abigail Williams, and between
several girls, the audience learns that these girls, including Abigail
and Betty, were engaged in occultic activities in the forest lead by
Tituba, Parris’ slave from Barbados. Parris caug...


... middle of paper ...


... became more pure than
the common Puritans, dying as a martyr like the original apostles. He
learned what truth meant through his suffering.

Through Proctor’s struggle, Miller displays the struggles within each
of our own hearts. Many times we have witnessed some wrong happening
to some other person and wished not to get involved. However,
sometimes, like Proctor, there might be something that forces us in.
Would we be quit after only saving our wife like Proctor could have
done, or would we go for the entire community as Proctor did?

Conclusion

The story reminds its readers of an ugly blemish on human history.
It reminds us that man is not perfect, and that we can make mistakes.
However, even with these mistakes, we can cleanse ourselves and purify
ourselves by making what is wrong right. The sufferings become to the
sufferer like a crucible.


Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »







This essay is 100% guaranteed.


Title Length Color Rating  
Arthur Miller's The Crucible Essay - Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller demonstrates the familiarities of the life he lived in the 1950's and of everyday life we live in through his plays. He communicates through his work to the way people are in society. The extreme witch hysteria deteriorated the rational and emotional stability of its citizens. This exploited the population's weakest qualities, and insecurities. The obvious breakdown in social order led to the tragedy that saw innocent souls hang on the accusation of witchcraft....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 2613 words
(7.5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" Essay - Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" 'The Crucible' was written in 1952 by the twentieth century American playwright Arthur Miller (1915-.) Miller was born in New York and educated at the University of Michigan where he began to write plays. Most of Miller's plays are set in contemporary America and on the whole offer a realistic portrayal of life and society and the theme of self-realization is re-current e.g. John Proctor in 'The Crucible'. 'The Crucible' was the third play Miller wrote. It is a play about the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 3343 words
(9.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Arthur Miller's The Crucible Essay - Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller individualises characters through their style of speech in many ways. Abigail Williams, one of the main characters, is a very attractive young lady, as portrayed in the text. However, her personality is bitter spiteful and vengeful. This has been shown by the way Miller individualises her, through her speech. Abigail is very bossy and has a lot of authority; "Uncle, the rumour of witchcraft is all about: I think you'd best go down and deny it yourself....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 1463 words
(4.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay about Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" 'The Crucible' was written by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller was brought before a committee in 1956 to answer charges of 'communist sympathy' and to name the people he had had meetings with up to twenty years before. Liberal writer, film directors, actors and actresses were all called before the committee. The committee often had lists of names of people who had attended meetings yet they still forced witnesses to recite names, to see if they would comply and give the right names....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 942 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Essay about Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is based on the 'Salem Witch Trials' in 1692. In act 1 the audience find out that John Procter had an affair with Abigail Williams, who was dancing in the woods, and that she still has feelings for him. When John denies their love Abigail starts accusing people of witchcraft. Act 2 is when we meet Elizabeth Procter who gets arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. In act 3 John goes to court trying to free his wife and the others but without much luck as he gets accused of mixing with the devil....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 1233 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Arthur Miller's The Crucible Before anyone says anything, drama is presented to the reader in a visual way. We see the first trial being held in non-other that the village Church; A place of holy gathering for the whole village. The Church being used, as a courtroom would usually seem absurd, this shows the audience that this is no ordinary trial, and what is going to happen is very important. Martha Corey is being accused of witchcraft. The mere fact that she is being accused of such a crime is dramatic, but then her husband Giles Corey bursts in interrupting telling of the accusations being false and accumulating of greed and jealousy....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 2453 words
(7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Honor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Essay - Honor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Honor can be defined by how one holds them in the public eye. Others may say that honor is how you live your life when none can see your actions. However defined honor can play major roles in how a person will act in a given situation. The Crucible by Arthur Miller has excellent examples of how honor can manipulate people’s decisions in times of importance. John proctor holds his moral standpoint and does not falter into the temptations of selfishness, while Elizabeth would describe honor as how a person lives their lives....   [tags: Crucible Arthur Miller] 1038 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible Essay - The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible In the 17th century a group of Puritans from England immigrated to America to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The white settlers arrived in New England in 1620, and Salem, Massachusetts had been in existence for about forty years by 1692. Salem developed as a theocracy. This was based on the coexistence of religious prayer and hard work. Entertainment, such as dancing, or any enjoyment at all was perceived as a sin. The isolation of the Puritan society created a rigid social system that did not allow for any variation in lifestyle....   [tags: The Crucible Witchcraft Arthur Miller Essays] 3010 words
(8.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay - The Crucible by Arthur Miller John Proctor says, I'll tell you what's walking Salem, vengeance is walking Salem. Discuss the real evil in Salem, who contributed to it and their motives who do you blame the most. John Proctor says, "I'll tell you what's walking Salem, vengeance is walking Salem." Discuss the real evil in Salem, who contributed to it and their motives who do you blame the most. Before I begin to tell you my opinion on who was to blame, and my reasoning for saying so, I will give you a brief insight into the real point of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Essays] 4988 words
(14.3 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay - The Crucible by Arthur Miller The play begins in a small town during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The play takes place in Salem, Massachusetts. The event takes place in the Puritan society. The community is portrayed as superstitious and gullible. The Crucible is based on a true story so the setting is real. Act 1 The Crucible starts out in the bedroom of Betty Parris, the sick daughter of the towns preacher Samuel Parris. The village people began to spread the rumor that witchcraft is the cause of Betty‘s illness....   [tags: Arthur Miller Crucible Play] 1029 words
(2.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]