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The Symbols Of Testing In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The definition of a crucible according to merriam-webster.com, is a severe test. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is directly relational to the definition. In this play, the whole plot is a theme of a testing. It tests characters by having them accuse and lie to hurt the other party. The Crucible brings about change in John Proctor and reveals true colors of Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, and Marry Warren. This play takes place in Salem, which is a small town in colonial Massachusetts, in 1692. Salem is a strong Puritan community with many messed up people. The Crucible was a symbol of the McCarthy hearings. During the early 1950’s, which was when Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, the government was investigating communism and its influence in America. This is how Arthur Miller connected The Crucible; he wrote this play as a metaphor to what was going on during his time. The Crucible tests out each and every character by having them either accused or executed. The antagonist in this play is Abigail Williams. She is a deceitful teenager, who will do what ever she has to do to get what she wants. Abigail had an affair with the protagonist, John Proctor. John Proctor is supposed to be a good, upright man. He was not loyal to his wife and in the end it cost him. He was tested in being an honest man and his pride. He also had to chose between his name and his morals. The Crucible tested Elizabeth Proctor -John Proctors wife- by her morals and her standards. She has never
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