The Crucible


The Crucible, written by Aurther Miller, is a play that takes place in the 1690's

during the Salem Witch Trials. The entire community is living in fear while Auther

Miller tries to express the conflicts between three people. Mary Warren, whose entire

personality is turned around throughout the play, John Proctor, who has to decide

between the importance of his family and his own name, Revernd Hale has the

terrible ordeal of having to carry out his job while doing what is right.

At the beginning of the play Mary Warren is seen as a very shy girl who will

never speak her mind. As the play continues and she is influenced by Abigail, she begins

to express her self and freely open up to do as she wishes. Soon after Mary Warren is

caught with a group of girls trying to conjure up spirits, some say she was just trying to

get attention. Finally, John Proctor shows that when Mary accuses Elizibeth Proctor and

himself of witchcraft something must be wrong. So Mary Warren decides to speak out

and tell the court that Abigail tried to kill her severel times so she would lie for them.

John Proctor has an even bigger conflict, he has to maintain his good and honest

image while keeping a deep secret inside of him. He seems like any other citizen in the

community except he has had an affair with Abigail and he is afraid abigail is trying to

kill his wife to get him. Proctor weighs all parts of this conflict and decides that he must

not make another mistake, so he admits to witchcraft and goes to the death.

Reverend Hale is the person who initiates the problems, at first he believes that

there actually are witches and he is carrying out the wishes of GOD himself. Reverend

Hale just wanted to do what is right for his community but it tragically ended with the

deaths of many innocent people. Soon Reverend Hale began to see that, and tried his

best to correct the problem.

Aurther Miller used this book to describe the trouble that one town can go

through when a controversy like this occurs. Not only do the people of this small town

have to work their own problems, they also have to live in fear, fearing that someone

would accuse them of witchcraft.