The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Augustin Eichwald Mrs. Hillsey English III-G 23 November 2014 Definition Essay: The Crucible Strange and peculiar happenings occur in The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller. In this story of hypocrisy, guilt, and revenge, innocent people are accused of the bizarre crime of witchcraft. In Salem, Massachusetts, hysteria sets in among every person over fear of being accused of these shocking accusations. Each and every person experiences a severe test or trial in order to live to see another day. In addition to this, these people witnessed their own friends be sentenced to death over a crime in which many were found guilty. The morals of Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, and John Proctor are tested in the crucible of the Salem witchcraft trials. Crucible, a noun defined by Chambers Dictionary of Etymology is "a container in which metals, ores, etc. can be melted; melting pot" ("Crucible"). This use of the term is a literal sense but, it also means a severe test or trial which was first recorded being used around 1645, in allusion to the melting pot ("Crucible" Chambers). The second of these two definitions is what Arthur Miller used when he wrote the play, The Crucible. The importance of the title of this play is that just as metal and ores are put into a crucible to heat and slowly melt; judgment shown towards the people who are accused of witchcraft are put through hell 's fires, and are forced to either break their silence or die. Among all of the characters in The

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