Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" Analytical Essay by jaberwocky

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
This paper discusses the central theme of a severe test in the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.
# 103024 | 1,220 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 10, 2008 in Drama and Theater (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that a crucible is a large heat resistant container used to melt and fuse metals at very high temperatures and that it is used as a symbol of severe trials in Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible". The author points out that, in this play, which takes place during the Salem witch trials, all of the characters are put through a severe test or trial of character and judgment. The paper relates that, because of everything they had to endure during these events, many of the characters experienced numerous changes; however, some of the characters do not change despite the events. The author suggests that, of all the characters in the play, Reverend Hale went through the most changes in his personality and his general nature. The paper states that, realizing what is going on around him, Hale takes it upon himself to fight the court with Proctor and help bring back justice to Salem.

From the Paper:

"Similarly, Judge Danforth does not undergo any changes throughout the play. Like Paris, Danforth cares only about his name and reputation, rather than doing his job and dispensing justice. He is a very obstinate man who does not care to listen to anybody's explanations. As soon as it seems he might be proven wrong he throws them in jail claiming they were "attacking the court", therefore questioning his authority and questioning God. He fears being seen as flippant and will consequently do everything in his power, including prosecuting innocent men and women."

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