Page Number and Citation: The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Act 1 Parris asks Abigail why Elizabeth Proctor dismissed her from her job as an assistant in the Proctor household six months earlier
The Crucible is a play by Arthur Miller that was published in It and Death of a Salesman are easily Miller's most well-known plays and are both regarded as some of the most classic plays of the 20th century. The play is a semi-fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials of in Massachusetts, although Miller takes real people and puts them alongside his own fictitious characters for dramatic purposes and because not much is known of the actual personalities involved.
In Salem, the villagers' way of life is deeply rooted in Puritan ideals, and the townspeople firmly hold to the conviction that anyone who opposes them is Satanic and must be purged of the devil. Ironically, the same Puritans who escaped religious persecution in England enforce it here.
One night, some girls, led by Abigail Williams, sneak out into the woods to engage in witchcraft. The girls are caught in the act, and when one goes into shock after the whole ordeal, Abigail is cornered; she, consequently, blames Reverend Samuel Parris' slave, Tituba, for perpetrating the acts.
Tituba catches on to Abigail's ruse and blames a bunch of townspeople in order to save her own skin. Soon, every girl blames someone she dislikes, claiming she saw Satan. Deputy Governor Danforth, Reverend John Hale, and Judge Hathorne, all of whom are respected men in Massachusetts, are called to try those indicted for committing the crimes and to purge the evil of Satan within the town.
The Crucible was written in response to the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy, who became notorious for his excessive zeal in rooting out supposed communist sympathizers.
Miller lampshades the irony in the fact that the dichotomy between good and evilthroughout history, transcends religion and manifests itself into various ideas, including the red scare. Miller said that he had no doubt that people practiced witchcraft in Salem; however, much like the fear of communism, mass hysteria was perpetuated through propaganda and turned into something worse than what it really was.
The Crucible received two film adaptations: The latter had an adapted screenplay by Miller himself which received an Academy Award nomination; Joan Allen's role as Elizabeth Proctor also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
If you were looking for the non-related Korean film titled The Crucible, click here. Tropes used in both the play and movie: Ruth Putnam, one of the accusers, was known as Ann Putnam Jr. At a young age, Abigail had to watch her own parents being killed in front of her.
Abigail was twelve years old in real life, but is depicted as a seventeen-year-old. John Proctor doesn't know Elizabeth is pregnant and neither of them discovers it until she's been in prison for at least three months.
In those times, poor nutrition could make one miss a period, and of course pregnancy tests weren't around.John Proctor - A local farmer who lives just outside town; Elizabeth Proctor’s husband.
A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy.
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The Character of John Proctor, Elizabeth and Reverend Hale in The Crucible - The definition of crucible, or at least one of them, is a severe test or trial. This is definitely a fitting name for the Salem witch trials based play, as dealing with the hysteria and unjust courts of Salem is a severe trial in its self.
Rohan was born and raised in South Africa. After immigrating to the United States with his family he attended school at Brigham Young University – Idaho where he earned a . John Proctor is a passive protagonist; for the first two acts, he does little to affect the main action of the play.
(Read more on this in our "Character Roles" section.) By the time Act III rolls around, however, he's all fired up.
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