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Emma Keaney 11PH The Crucible Coursework The real reason "The Crucible" has remained a popular play is because it is not about witches in a tiny American village way back in 1962. What makes it popular and still relevant today is Miller's creation of John Proctor, an ordinary man who becomes a memorable hero, standing up for what is right. To an extent, if at all, would you agree that this is the reason for the continuing success of Miller's play? "The Crucible" is a play written by Arthur Miller in the 1950s around the time of the McCarthy political "witch hunts" in America. McCarthy, in America in the 1950s, led enquiries into "un-American" activities. Many people were accused without actual proof being given of being communists. This way of accusing and punishing was seen by many people to be like the "Salem witch hunt", in 1962. During the "Salem witch hunt" whoever was believed to be a witch was hung. ...read more.


In the beginning John truthfully tells Parris why he has not been to church recently, "I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only about hell fire and bloody damatation. Take it to heart, Mr Parris. There are many others that stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention god anymore." John and Elizabeth's relationship was quite rocky because of the affair John and Abigail had while she was sick, but John confessed it all to her. His wife Elizabeth was charged for being a witch after she had done all she could to protect Proctor, but then Proctor confessed to the court but insists to them that Elizabeth never lies she was just doing it to protect him. So John got thrown in prison along with many innocent people. He did not refuse to sign the document but he refused to let it be pinned on the church door for the whole village to see, and for this he was hung along with twenty innocent people. ...read more.


He refuses to give then the confession that he has signed so he can protect his name "Because it's my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How can I live my life without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!" and he refused to give away any manes of the people that he may have seen with the devil. Throughout The Crucible many of the characters are faced with great adversity caused by mass hysteria of witches, which was to blame for the inner and outer conflicts among the characters. The Crucible has three central themes. That include fear, pride, and greed. These themes are fuelled by all of the finger pointing that went on during the witch trials. Through the finger pointing, many people were faced with decisions of faith, pride, and fear. ...read more.

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