(kennedy center) arthur miller’s the crucible is a play about the salem witch trials in 1692 these were classic examples of mass hysteria, resulting in the hanging of a great many respectable men and woman of charges of dealing with the devil. The salem witch trials were portrayed in the novel, the crucible arthur miller wrote this novel during the mccarthy era arthur miller was put on trial for communism in the same fashion of many during the salem witch trials. When arthur miller published the crucible in the early 1950s, he simply outdid the historians at their own game (22) this lesson plan's goal is to examine the ways in which miller interpreted the facts of the witch trials and successfully dramatized them.
While miller based his play on the historical accounts of the salem witch trials, using the names of the people involved, it is a work of fiction in order to appeal to theatergoers, miller makes a love triangle the driving force behind the hysteria. The salem witch trials caught the interest of playwright arthur miller he saw relevance in the themes and was inspired to write the crucible the characters were drawn from a conglomerate of primary accounts, and based on reality the play begins with a flustered reverend parris praying for betty. The salem witch trials are an example of this, and arthur miller's play the crucible provides an excellent illustration of the role hysteria played in creating the frenzy of accusations, fear, and. The crucible is a play written by arthur miller in 1953, about the destructive nature of superstition, ignorance, fear, corruption, greed and vengeance it is ostensibly based on the witch trials in salem in the seventeenth century, but is truly inspired by the persecutions of communists and “unamericans” by senator mccarthy.
The crucible explores how mass hysteria can devastate a community hysteria is most clearly seen in the villagers' irrational acceptance of the girls’ fabricated claims of witchcraft one. Play written in 1953 by the famous playwright arthur miller it deals with the puritan community of salem, massachusetts in 1692 the action takes place during one of its most infamous occurrences: the salem witch trials. In an odd way, then, the crucible is best read outside its historical context—not as a perfect allegory for anti-communism, or as a faithful account of the salem trials, but as a powerful and timeless depiction of how intolerance and hysteria can intersect and tear a community apart in john proctor, miller gives the reader a marvelous tragic.
The crucible by arthur miller religion, imprisoned many for witchcraft nineteen people (and two dogs) were hanged for witchcraft explain that the crucible is a play, as opposed to a traditional novel, written by arthur miller opening discussion rising action the witch hysteria heigtens as more women are arrested if they confess. Mass hysteria is a condition affecting a group of people, that is characterized by irrational behaviors or beliefs, or unexplainable causes of illness for example, the dancing plague of 1518, the mass hysteria in brunei, and the salem witch trials are outbreaks of mass hysteria. The almost impossible-to-believe events of the witch hunts and superstitious mentality of that age are well-portrayed in this story created by arthur miller, and are based on well-documented, established historical facts. Arthur miller’s play the crucible, which forms the basis of many americans’ knowledge of the trials, takes liberties with the story miller transforms tituba, a young native american girl, into an african slave who led a group of young women into the forest to participate in magic rites. The crucible, written by arthur miller, had many of the main characters that had their ups and downs, including reverend hale reverend hale, the man always with good intention, tries to correct his mistakes of the witch trials twice and this ultimately raises questions about him being a man of god.
Whereas women’s sexuality has long since been tied to the idea of personal “hysteria,” miller updated that by singling out women’s desire for love and sex as a direct cause of mass hysteria. The crucible by arthur miller play draws you in from the beggining, each character begging for your attention and pity but as you watch the characters and the story unfold, you are forced to pick sides. A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community the place is salem, massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity but in arthur miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft. The crucible is a 1953 play by american playwright arthur miller it is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the salem witch trials that took place in the massachusetts bay colony during 1692/93. In the crucible, neighbors suddenly turn on each other and accuse people they've known for years of practicing witchcraft and devil-worshipthe town of salem falls into mass hysteria, a condition in which community-wide fear overwhelms logic and individual thought and ends up justifying its own existence.
- arthur miller’s the crucible utilizes a fictional account of the salem witch trials to expose the mob mentality associated with the red scare of the 1950’s and the sometimes overzealous fight against communism in america. Arthur miller's the crucible play was written at the peak of the mccarthy period this is why most critics find a “parallel connection” between the 1692 salem witch trial and the anti-communist house un-american activities committee (huac) or mccarthyism in washington in 1953 ( hartford, 2011 . Arthur miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the american anti-communist purges led by senator mccarthy in the 1950s.
Arthur miller ostensibly wrote his classic drama the crucible about the salem witch trials of 1692, but he really wroteabout sen joseph mccarthy’s hunt for communists arthur miller in 1966 the play is about a teenager who falls in love with a man who rejects her. In one sense, the witch-hunt hysteria was limited in extent, encompassing only a small geographical area near the coast of colonial massachusetts on the other hand, the hysteria, while associated. About the crucible a haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community, presented here with enlightening criticism and commentary “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.