Eight days later, Proctor and his wife Elizabeth discuss the many people who have been charged with witchcraft by a court presided over by the deputy governor of the province. She is eventually tried as a witch. Arthur Miller used dialogue within the characters to cover the multiple themes; conflicts and resolutions, plus the few directions for the different actions of the play. His children would have to grow up and be taught that their father is a witch. She had an affair with John, and when Elizabeth found out about it, she made John break it off and fire Abigail.
In the end, Proctor is left with nothing but his name and reputation. The characters seem so real and are developed very well. Martin Classroom Issues and Strategies Written and first produced for the 1953 drama season in New York, The Crucible continues to interest students for its witchcraft theme and setting in Salem and for its more recent political association as a historical parable against the dangers of McCarthyism. All great works provide a way to reach in and grab the audience through the reoccurring themes like, greed, jealousy, reputation and hypocrisy. He has stopped going to church and wrestles with telling the truth or protecting his wife.
One is a metal container in which metals are mixed and melted. What was happening in the world of the playwright at that moment in history? Succinctly, the play is about the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts in 1692. It is based upon the Salem witch trails. Weight can also be taken as its denotation heaviness. Various characters base their actions on the desire to protect their respective reputations. The Crucible by Arthur Miller contains much symbolism.
The play… The Crucible, is a very historically accurate story and is one of Arthur Miller best works. When his daughter Betty falls sick, Reverend Parris blames Tituba. His wife, Elizabeth, continually reminds him of his unfaithfulness, and Abigail hates him for rejecting her. She is portrayed as the stereotypical other — a conniving woman. Themes are enduring because the ideas are found back in ancient times and today in modern society. The entire witch trial system thrives on accusations, the only way that witches can be identified, and confessions, which provide the proof of the justice of the court proceedings. Since that time, the Alley has mounted 11 productions of plays by Arthur Miller, including a co-production of All My Sons with the University of Houston in 2000.
Because it was written in this time period there is a feeling of mistrust, greed and envy echoed in the play. He was convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the communistic connections of others. Another major theme is dichotomies, especially the divisions of God versus the Devil, men versus women, and the community versus individuals. It is two weeks later. As a landowner and adulterer, he is placed by Miller at the eye of the storm, watching the entire social structure pivot around him. That audience was both shocked and fearful that the theme and subject of the play would unleash still further inquiries by the forces of McCarthyism. Unfortunately, the whole theory collapsed when expert senior biologists looked at the idea closer and declared it bad science.
This showed that there were major flaws in the American election process and that our system of government might be in danger. It is full of history and connections to the world we live in today. When attending a performance of The Crucible, consider the time and setting of the play; the 17th century in Salem, Massachusetts. People are expected to conform to a strict standard of living and do not have private lives or interests. However, during the witch court trials, Abigail and other girls had the power to say who was innocent and who was guilty. Giles Corey is held in contempt — the charge that ultimately leads to his execution — for refusing to name the person who told him of Putnam's scheming, and Proctor balks at the court's intention to question the 91 people who signed his declaration of the good character of the accused. A neighbor, Ann Putman arrives and says that her daughter is behaving strangely also, and that she has heard the rumor that Betty has been seen flying like a witch.
How many times can you find a prop, or setting or action in the play that contains the symbol of a crucible? He rules by law and will not allow exceptions or allow anyone to undermine his authority and his court. The theme that seems to be the center point of the story is religion. Among the sick is Betty. The citizens of Salem made judgments on their neighbors, forming opinions that they might be witches. Major Themes in The Crucible An overriding theme of The Crucible is the abuse of power. Liberal writer, film directors, actors and actresses were all called before the committee.
Individuals lashing out at others because they felt they have been wronged, a guilty conscience causing someone to make a drastic decision, or even a person choosing a path due to possible social repercussions are all examples from the play of someone 's past effecting their future. One great literary work is The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller. But others thrive on the hysteria as well: Reverend Parris strengthens his position within the village, albeit temporarily, by making scapegoats of people like Proctor who question his authority. Authority and Dissent There are many levels of authority within the world of the Crucible. Communism and the red scare sent many innocent people to prison and even to their deaths.
Once Parris leaves the stage, Abigail threatens both Betty and a couple of other girls present, all of whom were in the forest that night. An opinion is described as a belief or conclusion that is held without any substantial proof. Many questions as well came to mind. Such a theme reveals the gripping fear that inundated the Puritans during the seventeenth century. In Salem, everything and everyone belongs to either God or the devil; dissent is not merely unlawful, it is associated with satanic activity.