Later, dozens of people are wrongly accused. In The Crucible, Puritan way of life revolves around the church. Plot Summary The Crucible tells the tale of John Proctor, a farmer in Salem, with a strong presence and influence on the community. Shall the dust praise him? The first being hysteria and how it can rip apart what seems like a content community. He is a busy farmer living five miles from the meeting house, and his irritation with Parris has kept him away from church services. Dancing in the forest, girls who will not wake, secret relationships, and claims of witchcraft all lead to the destruction of a community.
The stricken community can no longer defend itself or protect vulnerable individuals. The themes in the crucible are as important to people in the 21st century as in Salem in 1692. I have here in my. Miller has written an exhaustive, exacerbated scene-one of his most truly distinguished, and one which most hopefully displays the expanding delicacy of his moral imagination. In late seventeenth-century New England , the balance began to turn to greater individual freedom. Theories that contributed to the growth of the hysteria in Salem were of jealousy, lies, and arrogant law officials.
He finally denounces the court. If you announce your opinion, you must disagree with the church. If he would condemn Elizabeth, she will be condemned. At the back a cdoor opens on the landing of the stairway to the ground floor. At this time many puritans, who were of greater strictness in religious discipline, were to believe in witchcraft and considered it a very wrongful sin.
One is that honor and integrity are more important than life. Before the arrival of John Hale, what are some of the subjects for petty disagreement among the character? There are driving forces such as revenge. The roof rafters are exposed, and the wood colors are raw and unmellowed. Preaching a doctrine that is the exact opposite of his former beliefs, he urges the prisoners to lie in order to save themselves. Miller paints his story using the small tight knit community of Salem circa 1692 as his canvass, brilliantly weaving historical fact and fiction to portray a scenario not unlike events seen since. Fear feeds fear: in order to explain to itself why so many people are afraid, the community begins to believe that the fear must have legitimate origins.
A poster that shows the sentiment of the McCarthy era. Ok I may have lied; I am in fact not magic. A notable time he does this is when he goes to the court to try and clear the names of his wife and the other accused. Introduction: The play is based on the real life witch hunts that occurred in the late 1600's in Salem, Massachusetts. Even Hale, an establishment figure, finds he is unable to ignore his conscience. Sparks are thrown in by whispers of gossip and the suggestion of witchcraft. In reality, his sin is responsible for his mental confusion.
It shows the people's fear of what they felt was the Devil's work and shows how a small group of powerful. During the McCarthy trials, headed by Senator Joseph McCarthy, people were convicted of being communist or communist sympathizers by way of questionable evidence. Proctor has had an affair with the Reverend Parris' niece, Abigail. Calvinists had 5 tenets or beliefs. Arthur Miller was one of the many people in Hollywood questioned by the senator and his board.
The judges say that for his confession to be taken his name has to be put on the front of the church. Fear can lead to hysteria- a condition where community wide fear overwhelms logic and ends up justifying its own existence. Therefore, the concept of goodness plays a vital role in the play. When Parris witnesses these girls dancing like heathen in the forest Miller 10 , he has growing concerns that this is an act of witchcraft or Devil worship. As time went on, members of Salem saw how easy it was to accuse someone of witchcraft and revenge became a huge factor.
They were easy targets because of their low social status and lack of church attendance. Symptoms of the illness included partial paralysis, hallucinations and nervousness. The Context of the Play Teens in the age of the Puritans didn't have social media to keep them busy, so they had to get creative. Lesson Summary In The Crucible, Arthur Miller provides a chilling chronicle of the progression of hysteria. The situation becomes complex when reputed persons of the town are caught for the same guilt. The main theme of The Crucible is fear. Through reputation comes discrimination and in the crucible almost all the witches are judged on reputation and this is important in today's world especially with things such as racism.
This seems to be what the Salem Puritans were experiencing in the 17th century. Despite this, it is clear that Miller wants the audience to sympathize with him. The reality of Communism and the generally accepted non-reality of witchcraft are beside the point. In The Crucible, neighbors suddenly turn on each other and accuse people they've known for years of practicing witchcraft and devil-worship. Church attendance is recorded publicly. The novel The Crucible contains three central themes. The characters in The Crucible are also important to people of the 21st century as they can teach us a little bit about people around us and their reactions when Reputation shines as a theme in the play.