The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The Crucible Author 's Purpose In the town of Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a mass of hysteria broke out. It all started in the spring of 1692, when a group of adolescent girls claimed the works of black magic within the village. This ultimately led to a “series of investigations and prosecutions that caused 19 convicted ‘witches’ to be hanged and many other suspects to be imprisoned” (Salem witch trials 1). Sparked by interest over such a series of tragic event, Arthur Miller produced an original play The Crucible to depict the haunting madness. However, Arthur Miller 's sole purpose for writing and producing The Crucible would be to not only give his audiences exposure, but to also give them a little “taste” of all the delusional hysteria that took place in that small village. Through his play, he conveys the messages about a theocratic society within Salem and how the lack of separation between state and religion, ultimately led to recurring themes that are also reflected in modern society such as hypocrisy, intolerance and fear. Arthur Miller begins Act One of The Crucible with an overture in which was written to bring his audience to an understanding of the historical background. In this overture, he mentions about a theocracy society. In which he states, “For good purposes, even high purposes, the people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any kind of disunity

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