Arthur miller's 'the crucible' is about the salem witch trials, which took place in salem, massachusetts, in the 17th century this lesson takes a look at the use of hysteria in ''the crucible. The infamous salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in salem village, massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women. 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. Salem witch trials which stirred the small puritan community town in massachusetts into mass hysteria arthur miller's play comments on the parallel between the events of 1692 and the mccarthyism which gripped america in the 1950's. Crucible is a play about a terrible period of american history of salem witchcraft from ibsen’s an enemy of the people , miller adopted the crucible , which shows his respect for ibsen’s technique.
In scientifically ignorant societies such as puritan salem in 1692, fear runs rampant when dozens of innocent people are accused of witchcraft and some hanged in arthur miller’s famous play the crucible, mass hysteria leads to the wrongful accusation and hanging of dozens of salem citizens for witchcraft. This paper is going to analyse the portrayal of a puritan society in miller’s play and will try to find out whether the religion of the people and therewith their way of life have caused the rising of the witch scare and the horrible outcome for the characters in the play. Using the historical subject of the salem witch trials, arthur miller’s play the crucible (1953) presents an allegory for events in contemporary america the salem witch trials took place in salem, massachusetts in 1692, and were based on the accusations of a twelve-year-old girl named anne putnam. The crucible explores how mass hysteria can devastate a community hysteria is most clearly seen in the villagers' irrational acceptance of the girls’ fabricated claims of witchcraft.
Introduction the crucible is arthur miller’s dramatization of the salem witch trials of 1692/93 set in salem, massachusetts, the play enacts the hysteria and irrational hunt, trial, and execution of innocent people caught up in a personal and superstitious web of accusations. In arthur miller’s play the crucible, the slave girl tituba, becomes the novelty for the young girls of salem because of her knowledge from her native barbados. Arthur miller, the famous playwright who authored death of a salesman, responded to the mccarthy hysteria by writing the crucible, a play about the salem witch trials, as a metaphor for what the country was going through in the 1950s. Author miller poses this theory in his realistic play “the crucible” set in salem 1962, the play begins when young puritan girls were caught dancing in the woods and got caught by reverend parris the girls become scared that they may be accused of witchcraft so they make false accusations that. The theme of hysteria irony, the incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result, is a recurrent literary technique that arthur miller utilizes in his play, the crucible.
A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community i believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history, arthur miller wrote in an introduction to the crucible, his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century salem, massachusetts. In an odd way, then, the crucible is best read outside its historical context—not as a perfect allegory for anti-communism, or as a faithful account of the salem trials, but as a powerful and timeless depiction of how intolerance and hysteria can intersect and tear a community apart in john proctor, miller gives the reader a marvelous tragic. Arthur miller, many lies have been made by the puritan community the witch trials took place during the times of the salem in massachusetts this was a time of much hypocrisy in the people of the town of salem. - the crucible, written by arthur miller, is about the salem witch trials and how people react to hysteria created from the fear of witches in the play, after hysteria breaks out, the salem government starts persecute and hang people it believes are witches. A summary of themes in arthur miller's the crucible learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of the crucible and what it means perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
The crucible, the film adaptation of arthur miller's classic play directed by nicholas hytner, portrays a community that has run wild with accusations of witchcraft as reverend parris catches his niece and other young puritan girls dancing in the woods, the community is thrown into an uproar. 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. Arthur miller wrote of his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century salem, massachusetts based on historical people and real events, miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.
Written in the early 1950s, arthur miller’s play the crucible takes place in salem, massachusetts during the 1692 salem witch trials this was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the puritan towns of new england. To create the play, miller read charles w upham’s 1867 two-volume study of the 1692 salem witch trials in 1952, miller went to salem and read transcripts of the trials he discovered in john proctor an outspoken critic of the salem court, which had decided to admit “spectral evidence” as proof of guilt. The crucible is miller's classic dramatisation of the witch-hunt and trials that besieged the puritan community of salem in 1692 this definitive critical edition of the play features a comprehensive commentary, notes and questions prepared by one of the leading international miller experts in consultation with the author's estate.
Transcript of the crucible by arthur miller theme: hysteria the author expresses that one innocence cannot save themselves from being killed, especially during the salem witchcraft trials salem-puritan religion and beliefs by: sourivong thepsimoung the crucible by arthur miller miller, arthur the crucible new york, ny: penguin. In salem the witch trials are a clear example of mass hysteria, with residents engulfed in a frenzy of accusations briefly what is causing fear in the crucible in the crucible abigail and the group of girls spark fear in the town after being accused of engaging in sacrilegious activities while playing in the forest. The real events of salem were depicted in a tense drama, the crucible by playwright arthur miller visiting salem today in salem witches and witchcraft are a big business.