Essays Arthur Miller's Crucible Essays

  • McCarthyism
    McCarthyism In The Crucible In The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail. There is more to the play than the witch trials, though. The Crucible was composed during a time when a similar hysteria was sweeping through America. A virtually unkown senator by the name of Joseph McCarthy was propelled into infamy when while at a speaking engagement at thee Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia he charged 205 persons in the U.
  • Arthur Miller And Crucible
    Arthur Miller And Crucible 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 accu
  • Arthur Miller
    Arthur Miller Arthur Miller I. Personal life A. born in New York City in 1915 and raised in Harlem 1) the Stock market crash in 1929 drastically influenced his developing imagination II. Education 1) not much known about his education a. said that he barely passed high school and did not get into college that first time he applied b. got into University of Michigan second time applying c. he attended to become a journalist but won the Hopwood Prize for his dramatic script so decided to write abo
  • The Scarlet Letter Vs. The Crusible
    The Scarlet Letter Vs. The Crusible When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up, most people think of a rigorous, conservative, highly devout society. While this may have usually been the case, this was not always so. The Puritan society was also known not to act out of brotherly, Christian love, but to cruelly lash out on those who sinned or were deemed unfit for society. Two works of literature that display both aspects of this society very accurately are The Scarlet Letter, by Natha
  • Injustice
    Injustice Back in the 1800s, in the town of Salem, things were run quite differently. Although it was a Puritan Colony, its ways quickly became twisted. The leaders and officials prided themselves in being fair townspeople, always following God\'s Word, and having optimistic tactics for solutions. The key to running a smooth community is justice; the administration of what is just and right. With the lack or justice, or the presence of injustice, a town cannot survive. In Arthur Miller\'s, The C
  • Scarlet Letter And Crucible Comparison
    Scarlet Letter And Crucible Comparison When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up, most people think of a rigorous, conservative, highly devout society. While this may have usually been the case, this was not always so. The Puritan society was also known not to act out of brotherly, Christian love , but to cruelly lash out on those who sinned or were deemed unfit for society. Two works of literature that display both aspects of this society very accurately are The Scarlet Letter, by N
  • The Price Of Vengeance
    The Price Of Vengeance Authority. Can it be abused? Abagail and the other girls in the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, strongly abused their position of power. Through the authority of the girls in the court, the Witch Hysteria came about in Salem. Because of the Witch Hysteria, false accusations of witchcraft were placed on members of the community in a form of vengeance from previous misunderstandings. Vengeance was seeking itself in Salem. “Mary, why do you send your spirit on me?” The W
  • Salem Witch Trials
    Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch trials started in 1692 resulted in 19 executions and 150 accusations of witchcraft. This is one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. It is a topic that is talked about, and can be seen as controversial. A quote by Laurie Carlson shows just how controversial the topic can be. (A) character myth is certainly what the witch hunts in Europe and Salem have become, though they have more basis in fact than most myths. The stories of the witch hunts a
  • The Crucible
    The Crucible ARTHUR MILLER: THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES In Salem, Massachusetts, a dozen teen-age girls and a black slave woman are caught dancing in the woods around a bubbling cauldron. Today, you wouldn\'t even use the word caught. You might think these girls were strange, but you\'d hardly call the cops on them. But it\'s 1692, and Salem isn\'t just an ordinary small town; it\'s a religious community of the strictest kind. The people and their laws are as harsh as the Massachusetts winter. When
  • The Witchcraft Hysteria
    The Witchcraft Hysteria The Witchcraft Hysteria In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the superstition of witches existed in a society of strong puritan beliefs. Anybody who acted out of the ordinary was accused of being a witch, and then the accused would actually be forgiven if they admitted it and told the court of anyone else that was with the devil. This was one of the main themes of the play entitled, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In this play a group of young girls act up and are then accused
  • Death Of A Salesman
    Death Of A Salesman Arthur Miller is one of the most renowned and important American playwrights to ever live. His works include, among others, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge. The plays he has written have been criticized for many things, but have been praised for much more, including his magical development of the characters and how his plays provide “good theater”. In his plays, Miller rarely says anything about his home life, but there are at least some autobiographical “hints” in hi
  • Superstition And Witchcraft: The Crucible, Salem W
    Superstition And Witchcraft: The Crucible, Salem Witch Trials Superstition and witchcraft resulted in many being hanged or in prison. In the seventeenth century, a belief in witches and witchcraft was almost universal. In Salem Massachusetts where the witch trials take place many people who are suspicious is accused of witchcraft and hanged. Arthur Miller wrote a play called The Crucible. It is based on the Salem witch trials. The Salem witch trials change many peoples lives and even led to deat
  • The Crucible- Injustice
    The Crucible- Injustice In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, justice and injustice is portrayed through the characters of John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams. It is also shown through the minor characters of Mary Warren and Mercy Lewis, followers of Abigail Williams, and through Danforth and various townspeople. After Abigail Williams and the girls are discovered dancing in the forest by Reverend Parris, there are rumours of witchcraft among them, when Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam
  • The Crucible
    The Crucible The Crucible When Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, it was during a time when communism was a threat to the American way of life. This particular era was sparked by Joseph Raymond McCarthy\'s idea about communism in the United States\' government. This was a period of political spitefulness and mass hysteria. In 1950, McCarthy had said that there were communists in the Department of State. This accusation was never proven, and the public didn\'t pay attention to McCarthy\'s words in
  • Crucible By Arthur Miller
    Crucible By Arthur Miller English 11 The Crucible by Arther Miller is a play, first viewed in 1954, about the Salemn Witch Trials. The play takes place in Salemn Massachusetts, which was then a strict Puritan town. This play is not only about the ruined lives and deaths of hundreds of people, but even more so about the selfish greed, apathy, and revenge of people in this small town. These are the main characters of the play. Several of the characters came to many crossroads in their lives and we
  • Crime And Punishment
    Crime And Punishment Many great literary works emerge from a writer\'s experiences. Through The Crucible, Arthur Miller unleashes his fears and disdain towards the wrongful accusations of McCarthyism. Not only does Ernest Hemmingway present the horrors he witnessed in World War I in his novel, A Fair Well to Arms, he also addresses his disillusionment of war and that of the expatriates. Another writer who brings his experiences into the pages of a book is Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Faced with adversity
  • Crucible
    Crucible The trumped-up witch hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts, deteriorated the rational, and emotional stability of its citizens. This exploited the populations weakest qualities, and insecurities. The obvious breakdown in Salem’s social order led to the tragedy which saw twenty innocent people hung on the accusation of witchcraft. Arthur Miller, author of The Crucible, used hysteria to introduce personality flaws in vulnerable characters. A rigid social system, fear, and confusion were eviden
  • The Salem Witch Trials
    The Salem Witch Trials Essay on the Witches in Massachusetts by Lars Møllegaard Hansen (F) What evil spirit have you familiarity with? None. Have you made no contract with the devil? No. Why do you hurt these children? I do not hurt them. I scorn it. Who do you imploy then to do it? I imploy no body. What creature do you imploy then? No creature. I am falsely accused. Dialogue based on the examination of Sarah Good by Judges Hawthorne and Corwin Even though Sara Good claimed that she was wrongly
  • Crucible And Clinton Similarities
    Crucible And Clinton Similarities Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the scandal surrounding President Clinton can be compared in profusion. The old saying of history repeating itself is certainly proved true in this state of affairs (no pun intended), proving the timelessness of The Crucible. Key players utilized by Miller can be interpreted into many notorious faces portrayed by the media encircling our fearless leader. Although all comparisons are not players at all, but some merely concepts. T
  • Crucible And John Proctor
    Crucible And John Proctor John Proctor is a character from the Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, Throughout the play he changes from being a troubled, self-exiled, sinner to becoming a person of high moral standards. The characters in this play are simple, common people that live in the town of Salem in the year 1692. There is a rumor of witchcraft floating about in the town that has led to accusations about many of the townsfolk. The accused are charged and convicted of a crime that is impossi
  • Crucible And Murders
    Crucible And Murders The deterioration of Salem\'s social structure precipitated the murders of many innocent people. Arthur Miller\'s depiction of the Salem witch trials, The Crucible, deals with a community that starts out looking like it is tightly knit and church loving. It turns out that once Tituba starts pointing her finger at the witches, the community starts pointing their fingers at each other. Hysteria and hidden agendas break down the social structure and then everyone must protect t
  • Crucible
    Crucible And Salem Witch Trials In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem Witch Trials is explored in great detail. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which the girls\' suppressed childhood. However, there were other factors as well, such as Abigail Williams\' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors held against each other, and the physical and economic differences between the citizens of Salem Village. From a h
  • Crucible And Scarlet Letter
    Crucible And Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne\'s The Scarlet Letter and Arthur Miller\'s The Crucible are both distinctly different narratives of the Salem Witch trials. The Scarlet Letter is a novel and The Crucible is a play. While The Scarlet Letter deals mainly with the sin of adultery, The Crucible mainly deals with witchcraft. Both have obvious similarities like the setting and the crime, however, one of the greatest similarities between the two is the loyalty of the Puritan people to th
  • Crucible And Scarlet Letter
    Crucible And Scarlet Letter Part IV Task The quote, Our problems are manmade: therefore, they may be solved by man… No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. by President John F. Kennedy, holds truth. In other words, we create our own problems and make our own choices on how to solve them, in turn, controlling our own destiny. This quote is proven in the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and in the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Crucible by Arthur Miller uses
  • Crucible As A Hero
    Crucible As A Hero A tragedy should bring fear and pity to the reader. A man in this tragedy not should be exceptionally righteous, but his faults should come about because of a certain irreversible error on his part. This man should find a bad or fatal ending to add to the tragedy of the story, for this man in the tragic hero. The protagonist John Proctor portrays a tragic hero in The Crucible; his hamartia of adultery causes great internal struggles, he displays hubris by challenging authority
  • Crucible
    Crucible By Arthur Miller After reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller, one cannot help but wonder why when given the chance to confess to the accusations and live, did the characters choose to stay firm and die? For people today that question is not easily answered. In the past however, this was not a question at all. The answer was found within the strong religious background that most of the accused were raised on, and the feeling of pride and honor they felt in their hearts. John Proctor exem
  • Crucible By Arthur Miller Appreciation
    Crucible By Arthur Miller Appreciation Thesis Statement: The purpose is to educate and display to the reader the hysteria and injustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it\'s doing the right thing for society in relation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I. Introduction: The play is based on the real life witch hunts that occurred in the late 1600\'s in Salem, Massachusetts. It shows the people\'s fear of what they felt was the Devil\'s work and shows how a small group of powerfu
  • Crucible
    Crucible By Arthur Miller Points Of the characters in Arthur Miller\'s The Crucible, Mary Warren, a minor character, is actually one of the most important, dynamic characters. She goes from being a lonely, shy, frightened teenager to being a brave witness with a backbone, in court. But her change is short-lived, however, and she retreats to being a scared, wimpy girl. Mary Warren, the scared, wimpy girl that she is, is lonely at the beginning of the play and has been spending time with Abigail W
  • Crucible By Miller Victims
    Crucible By Miller Victims Boredom and Its Victims in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible When bored, people tend to portray or act differently to either attract attention or change society. The girls in The Crucible are bored of Puritan life and want to do more to get more fun out of Salem life. Boredom led the girls to perform sins that the Puritan society disagrees with entirely. In The Crucible By Arthur Miller, boredom proves to be a catalyst for murder. The girls in Salem wanted more attention an
  • Crucible Characters Description
    Crucible Characters Description Giles Corey, Rebecca Nurse, and John Proctor all have something in common which endanger them when the witch-hunt begins. The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller is a portrayal of the Salem witch trials. In the play there are three characters, Giles, Rebecca, and John all die at the end. These three people all have something in common which endangers them during the witch-hunt and later leads to their death. The one thing that these three people have in common is
  • Crucible Salem Episode
    Crucible Salem Episode The Crucible The Salem witch-trials, are an historic event that occurred during the Puritan era. It was the witch-trials that decided the fate of so many of the accused. Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible uses the Salem episode as a parallel to an event in the 1950s known as the Red Scare . He associates many incidents of the Red Scare with that of the Salem witch-trials. Such incidents as: witch-hunts, hysteria, and cupidity which all entwines with both the Red Sca
  • Crucible Tale
    Crucible Tale Back in the 1950\'s, when insecurity permeated the air, and people were ruled by fear, Arthur Miller wrote a play, which defined the line between insecurity and fear. The Crucible was a remade story of the carnal Salem Witch trials, in which many innocent victims lost their lives. Through this play Miller is trying to convey the message that death is not in our possession; we are not messengers of God. Only God decrees those who are to die, because God is in heaven and we are on Ea
  • Crucible Tale Of Trials
    Crucible Tale Of Trials A political cartoon shows a massive stone wall surrounding tall office buildings which bear labels of Department of Energy, Defense Department, National Security Agency, CIA, and FBI. Outside the wall, which is tagged Government Secrecy, a couple huddles in a roofless hut called Personal Non-Privacy. At the top of the cartoon is printed Somehow I feel this is not the way the founders planned it. Indeed, America\'s founding fathers most likely did not plan for the United S
  • Death Of Salesman
    Death Of Salesman Arthur Miller is one of the most renowned and important American playwrights to ever live. His works include, among others, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge. The plays he has written have been criticized for many things, but have been praised for much more, including his magical development of the characters and how his plays provide “good theater”. In his plays, Miller rarely says anything about his home life, but there are at least some autobiographical “hints” in his
  • A Belief System- The Crucible
    A Belief System- The Crucible After reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller, one cannot help but wonder why when given the chance to confess to the accusations and live, did the characters choose to stay firm and die? For people today that question is not easily answered. In the past however, this was not a question at all. The answer was found within the strong religious background that most of the accused were raised on, and the feeling of pride and honor they felt in their hearts. John Proctor
  • Character Evolution Of John Procor
    Character Evolution Of John Procor John Proctor is a character from the Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, Throughout the play he changes from being a troubled, self-exiled, sinner to becoming a person of high moral standards. The characters in this play are simple, common people that live in the town of Salem in the year 1692. There is a rumor of witchcraft floating about in the town that has led to accusations about many of the townsfolk. The accused are charged and convicted of a crime that i
  • John Proctor Good Or Bad
    John Proctor Good Or Bad IS JOHN PROCTOR A “GOOD” MAN ? Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”, is set in the small American Town of Salem. One of the main character’s is John Proctor, husband to Elizabeth Proctor and a feared, though respected member of this “New Jerusalem’s” community. John Proctor is a man who has some flaws, but also many good points to his personality. Various characters throughout the play highlight these differing aspects of Proctor’s personality. Proctor also presents vario
  • The Crucible
    The Crucible Of the characters in Arthur Miller\'s The Crucible, Mary Warren, a minor character, is actually one of the most important, dynamic characters. She goes from being a lonely, shy, frightened teenager to being a brave witness with a backbone, in court. But her change is short-lived, however, and she retreats to being a scared, wimpy girl. Mary Warren, the scared, wimpy girl that she is, is lonely at the beginning of the play and has been spending time with Abigail Williams. When there
  • “The Crucible”
    “The Crucible” “The Crucible” In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the superstition of witches existed in a society of strong Christian beliefs. Anybody who acted out of the ordinary was accused of being a witch and then the accused would actually be forgiven if the blamed their accusations on another individual. This was the main idea of a play entitled, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. In this play a group of young girls act up and are then accused of being witches. These girls then blame other pe
  • The Crucible Essay
    The Crucible Essay It is a play with tremendous feelings with many inside twists hidden in the archives of the true story. It is a play with emotional feelings, feelings of anger, hate, evil, manipulation, good, and pureness. It is the The Crucible. In the play, Arthur Miller develops the idea that powerfully held beliefs direct people’s behaviour, Abigail Williams who accuses others to escape from punishment, Mary Warren who chooses to lie to keep herself out of trouble, and John Proctor who ch
  • The Crucible: John Proctors Decision To Die Was Ju
    The Crucible: John Proctors Decision To Die Was Justifiavble John Proctors Decision To Die Was Justifiable In the novel The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, a strict and disciplined puritan town is dealing with a case of witchcraft. It started when a group of girls were found dancing and participating in mysterious acts in the forest. John Proctor, a simple farmer in this rigorous and religious town, is a man of strong moral beliefs, concerned only for the safety of his family and personal welfare. H
  • The Crucible: Ture Devils In Selam
    The Crucible: Ture Devils In Selam The Crucible: True Devils in Salem In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem Witch Trials is explored in great detail. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which the girls\' suppressed childhood. However, there were other factors as well, such as Abigail Williams\' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors held against each other, and the physical and economic differences between t
  • The Crucible
    The Crucible In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, some of the characters showed courage when the live’s of their loved ones were at risk. One of the main character’s in the play was John Proctor. He showed courage when his wife, Elizabeth was accused of being a witch. When John found out that it was Abigail Williams, John’s mistress, who accused Elizabeth he said, “Fear nothing. I’ll find Ezekial Cheever. I’ll tell him that it was all sport.”(p.61, Proctor). Being it was Abigail who had accused Eli
  • The Crucible
    The Crucible Lauren Seaman 9/25/00 Period E The Truth Comes Out In the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, Americans face pressure to conform in the town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The witch trials bring about the hidden truths about the citizens of Salem, and in fact are not really about witchcraft. Everyone has their enemies, and the witch trials provide an outlet for the expression of the hostilities people have. In Salem, if a citizen suspects and accuses someone of something
  • The Crucible
    The Crucible The Crucible The play, The Crucible, is one with a vast amount of strength, and intelligence. The play is one in which a small suburban town in Massachusetts is overtaken by the devil, and witchcraft. It accurately retells the historic happenings of what the town of Salem, Massachusetts, went through during the spring of 1692. In this play, many if not all, of the characters make some sort of sacrifice cracter that sacrifices many more substantial things to him, which dramatically c
  • Film Review Of The Crucible
    Film Review Of The Crucible The Crucible: A Film Review Who\'d have thought that simple dancing could cause so much chaos in a small town. This is precisely what happens in the film The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner, 1996), which was originally written as a play by Arthur Miller. This story is based on actual events, which helps in showing the accuracy of the events. The story takes place in Salem in 1692, during the Salem witch trials. The story starts when a group of young girls, particularly one
  • Black Pawn: White Pawn
    Black Pawn: White Pawn Have you ever played a chess game? It\'s a game of strategy and quick thinking to move the royalty skillfully, always concentrating on defeating the opposing side. Eiter side can forfeit the life of their king and queen with one costly move. The pawns are the insignificant pieces used to save the most important pieces. In Arthur Miller\'s The Crucible, the chess game portrays the tragic Salem witch hunts in which innocent livews were made victim of tis evil game started by
  • John Proctor: Sinner Or Saint?
    John Proctor: Sinner Or Saint? John Proctor, Sinner or Saint No person can completely steer clear of the trials and tribulations of his or her society. He who does may be vulnerable to serious allegations. If a man is to work well in his surroundings, he must partake in all aspects of his society or he is leaving himself open to unfavorable charges. In Arthur Millers, The Crucible, John Proctors lack of involvement in the Salem witch trials ultimately leads to his execution. John Proctor tries
  • After The Fall
    After The Fall After the Fall Arthur Miller has written many great plays in his life, such as A View from the Bridge ,Death of a Salesman ,The Misfits, The Crucible, and After the Fall. Out of all his plays it is said that After the Fall is the darkest plays he has written. I believe that this is a true statement, and that the reasons this is his darkest play is because it deals with his inner feelings on thing that he had to deal with in his life. The certain aspects that he touched in this pla
  • The Crucible
    The Crucible In Arthur Miller\'s The Crucible, the main character Abigail Williams is to blame for the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail is a mean and vindictive person who always wants her way, no matter who she hurts. Through out the play her accusations and lies cause many people pain and suffering, but she seemed to never care for any of them except John Proctor, whom she had an affair with seven months prior to the beginning of the play. John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth