Plot[ edit ] Early one morning in SalemMassachusetts insome young village girls meet in the woods with a Barbadian slave named Tituba. One of the girls, Abigail Williamskills a chicken and drinks the blood, wishing for John Proctor's wife to die.
Here is an article originally published in the Spring of in Spectrum, a magazine for Christian teachers. A colleague by the name of Dr. David Barratt responded and I was asked to briefly reply in the following issue of Spectrum. The Crucible and the Classroom: This is perhaps why his so-called moral plays, including The Crucible, have become standard reading in American High Schools and popular set-books for British G.
During these trials suspects were imprisoned, twenty of whom were executed for committing crimes in the name of the Devil. The Crucible ought to be of interest to readers of this magazine for several reasons. Firstly, it is a play that many of our children will be confronted with at some time or other during their school or college days.
Secondly, it is an attempt to come to grips with the problem of evil in man and to provide a solution to this problem. Thirdly, Miller puts the blame for much of the evil in American society at the feet of its founder Puritans and their successors whom he identifies with the right-wing enthusiasts of the McCarthian era.
In the case of The Crucible this negligence leaves children wide open to anti-Christian influences. If parents discussed the pros and cons of such plays with their children at home, they would do them a great service.
Most teachers of literature are only too happy to find pupils coming up with points of view on set books which are not found in the standard interpretations.
Thus schools may well be fully unaware of the damage such a play as The Crucible can do to the life of a young person who is striving to understand the problem of evil in the world. There have been perhaps as many films based loosely on the trials as there have been novels and plays.
These books and films are all guilty of grossly misrepresenting what actually happened. They depict in detail, for instance, the drinking of blood, dancing naked in the moonlight and adultery galore. There is, however, no shade of evidence that any of the defendants or their accusers for that matter at the original trials were guilty of any of these things.
Many of them were shown to have led very stable, healthy family lives. Yet Shirley Barker, in her book, even has one of the accused committing adultery with the Devil himself in bodily form.
One is tempted to believe that such writers were more superstitious than the seventeenth century people whom they professed to depict. Arthur Miller is perhaps the most radical of all writers on the Salem Witch Trials.
He tells us that, in effect, the trials were a bi-product of the adulterous conduct of a servant girl, Abigail Williams, with a married man, John Proctor. Another servant girl, under the power of Abigail then accused Proctor. The latter, according to Miller, could have been saved from execution if he had been able to prove that he was an adulterer.
His wife, Elizabeth, to whom Proctor had confessed his adultery, could have testified to this fact and thus saved his life.
Miller uses this made-up story to depict the triumph of good over evil. Arthur Miller as a Moral Teacher In an article entitled Morality and Modern Drama 2Miller takes up the criticism that there is a lack of moral value in modern plays.
Miller can argue in this way as he believes that all men have a basic concept of what is good in their minds. The weakness in this naive argument is clearly seen in the interpretation that Miller gives of Moses and the Ten Commandments. Moses, according to Miller, was able to develop a technique by which he codefied what many people knew to be morally good.
The writer overlooks the simple fact that whilst Moses was on Mount Sinai, the other Jews were denouncing their leader as an impostor and worshipping the golden calf.
There did not seem to be much awareness of the need for the Ten Commandments amongst them.
Thus when Miller makes such statements concerning The Crucible as: The fate of each character is exactly that of his historical model, and there is no one in the drama who did not play a similar — and in some cases exactly the same — role in history 7.
The playwright tells us that, although he knew the story of the trials, he went to Salem to read the town records for the period of the trials to check on the facts. This claim must be looked into in detail. This does not meet the historical facts. There was no class war in Salem.
There were slaves, servants, wealthy land owners and Harvard graduates both amongst the accusers and the accused. The writer presents most of the people in his play as being land-grabbing, superstitious, vindictive, revengeful, cowardly, adulterous and downright evil.
If Miller is indeed looking for high moral values he would be wasting his time looking for them in his own play. The ability to read and write was far more common in colonial times than Miller and his followers suppose Early years Arthur Miller was born on October 17, , in New York City, the second of Isidore and Augusta Barnett Miller's three children.
Parallels between Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, and his article Why I wrote the Crucible, can easily support Miller’s reasons for writing this classic play. Miller’s purpose in writing both the play and the article was to emphasize the similarities between the witch hunt and the.
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The Crucible Homework Help Questions. Analyze what a good name means to some of the characters in The Crucible.
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