By closely reading historical documents and attempting to interpret them, students consider how arthur miller interpreted the facts of the salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, the crucible. Arthur miller's allegorical play, the crucible, was written in 1956 about the historic witch trials of salem, massachusetts the crucible shows how fear can inspire hysteria, intolerance, and paranoia which mirrored what was happening in america in the 1950s when a different kind of witch hunt was. In november of 1991, salem town officials announced plans for a salem witch trials memorial in salem at the announcement ceremony, playwright arthur miller made a speech and read from the last act of his 1953 play, the crucible, which was inspired by the salem witch trials.
The crucible is a dramatized and partially fictionalized retelling of the salem witch trials it is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of american drama. On a lucky afternoon i happened upon the devil in massachusetts, by marion starkey, a narrative of the salem witch-hunt of 1692 i knew this story from my college reading, but in this darkened america it turned a completely new aspect toward me: the poetry of the hunt. The crucible is a 1953 play by the american playwright arthur miller it is a dramatization of it is a dramatization of the salem witch trials that took place in the province of massachusetts bay during 1692 and.
Witchesmassbay: how did you become interested in the salem witch trials, and specifically in the witch hunts in andover, massachusetts juliet mofford : i first got hooked on the salem witch trials when we moved to andover and i learned that more citizens from here were imprisoned for witchcraft than from any other town in new england. 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. Cultural depictions of the salem witch the crucible (1952), a play by arthur miller as she tells the town's new reverend how the witch hunt began and.
When arthur miller wrote his famous play the crucible about the salem witch trials he used the events in salem, massachusetts, as a reference point with which to compare the communist witch hunts of the 1950s led by senator joe mccarthy of wisconsin as an anonymous historian once said, history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. In extremely religious puritan new england, frightening or surprising occurrences were often attributed to the devil or his cohorts witch hunt a search for and following persecution of a supposed witch. 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 based on. For the salem witch hunt 5 arthur miller, the crucible, (new 17th c colonial new england with special emphasis on the salem witch trials of 1692 arthur.
The salem witch hunt has been one of the most controversial topics surrounding and their representations made in the play the crucible written by arthur miller. Using the historical subject of the salem witch trials, arthur miller's play the in new england, specters in the crucible in arthur miller,. Life and letters about the inspiration for and influence of miller's play, the crucible, a reflection of the communist witchhunts of its time study of the 1692 salem witch trials, which. Throughout the play the crucible, by arthur miller, the main theme was reputation reputation is the general estimation in which a person is held by the public reputation is very important in salem town because the town's people care what they think of them.
Comparing the crucible and mccarthyism essay similarities between the crucible and mccarthyism essays the crucible is a play that explains the story of the salem witch delusion arthur miller, the acclaimed. Drawing on research on the witch trials he had conducted while an undergraduate, miller composed the crucible in the early 1950s miller wrote the play during the brief ascendancy of senator joseph mccarthy, a demagogue whose vitriolic anti-communism proved the spark needed to propel the united states into a dramatic and fractious anti. How arthur miller smeared marilyn monroe and invented the myth of the male witch hunt hero john proctor in arthur miller's the crucible a new wife the last line of the play is.