• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Crucible - Crucible Ideas….

Extracts from this document...


Deena Shakir Crucible Ideas.... Richard Watts Jr. describes the striking similarity between the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy Era as a "struggle between the rights of freeman and the mass efforts to destroy them under the guise of defending decency." All good writing conveys a strong message for the reader to take away, and effectively apply to his everyday life. In the novel The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses 17th Puritan society, and the Salem witch trials as a vehicle to make a strong political statement about the nature of conformity in an overly hysterical society, and the fundamental struggle man faces to retain moral righteousness in the face of a cruel world. Written in the heart of the McCarthy Era, The Crucible makes sweeping statements about the nature of society during a crisis, and how people deal with the introduction of beliefs that differ from their traditional way of thought. Claiming the people of his society are just as intolerant as the Puritans, Miller desperately pleads with them to learn from their mistakes, and not persecute others based on the nature of their beliefs. ...read more.


. a wind," and then suddenly see a "bird . . . stretching her claws." Through this scene, the girls appear succeed in showing the court officials that Mary herself is in league with the devil. By daring to do what she knows is right and opposing Abigail's group, Mary Warren puts herself in grave danger. Unfortunately, lacking the inner strength of John Procter, and Giles Corey, Mary gives in to the pressure and accuses John of being the "Devil's man," revealing not only her weakness in moral integrity but also the way in which society demands conformity, even sometimes to the extent where lives are compensated. Interestingly enough, after Mary gives in to the influence of Abigail and her group, she becomes part of 'society' and goes on to punish John Proctor. Unlike most of the court officials, and the girls, the Christ figures in The Crucible, such as Giles Corey and John Procter, refuse to conform to society's way of thinking, and, despite horrific persecution, retain their righteousness in the midst of flying accusations. Their morals are pushed to the breaking point, but in the end these characters triumph, even as society sentences them to death. ...read more.


Their resolve is unique, their bravery astounding, and their legacy unending. In conclusion, it has become apparent the central conflict in The Crucible is the never-ending struggle between an individual's moral beliefs and the demands of society. Through the actions, reactions, and thoughts of the court officials, the girls, and the Christ-figures, Miller clearly describes man's perpetual struggle to retain moral rectitude in the face of an unjust society, and how persecution and conformity are inevitable byproducts of this conflict. Miller's analysis is just as relevant today as in 1953, or 1692. Whether its an American Sikh having to decide whether or not they should wear their turban, or whether its Michael Jordan having to decide whether or not he should give in to the present societal demand for him to come out of retirement at the expense of his family and reputation, humanity constantly fights the battle of social conformity. The decisions we make in these types of situations very much form the very backbone of our identity. To ensure we always make the right decision in the face of societal pressure to conform, let us always follow the advice John gives to Mary Warren, and "do that which is good... [and] remember the angel, what he said to the boy, [and] hold on to it; there is our rock." ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. The Crucible - summary.

    Miller relates the intense paranoia over the integrity of the Puritan community to their belief that they are in some sense a chosen people who will forge a new destiny for the world. This relates strongly to the political climate of the early 1950s in which Miller wrote The Crucible.

  2. The Crucible.

    So Danforth proceeds to question Abigail. Abigail simply denies the implications of Danforth's questions or throws them aside as lies. He is obviously the one with the most power as far as law and rules are concerned but it seems that Abigail has more power over him from the way she speaks to him, she almost commands respect from him.

  1. The crucible.

    Abigail speaks to proctor using language to denote the animal attraction and lust, which has been there and is still there: "I know you sweated like a stallion whenever I came near!" This is personification forming the animal attraction with the use of the word "stallion" and that he has "known her."

  2. Analyse the ways in which the themes of intimidation and persecution are presented in ...

    Parris wants Tituba to confess, "You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to your death, Tituba!" This shows Parris was persecuting Tituba as he was going to hurt her. You can tell he was shouting, as there's an explanation mark at the end of the quote.

  1. The Crucible.

    The social problems of hierarchy and class inequality are explored and dealt with in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, as are the moral problems that arise from this inequality. In the context featured - Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, class roles are constructed as rigid and fixed.

  2. The Crucible - Power and Manipulation

    Mary also attempts to reveal that everything the girls had done and were doing was entirely pretence. However, it is not long before Abigail begins to twist and manipulate the truth. Abigail fallaciously claims that she can see Mary with the devil and that she could also feel a strong wind.

  1. Essay on 'The Crucible'

    Throughout the play there are many characters with a variety of strong agendas that display their notions by insinuating them in ways, which cause arguments and 'stir the pot'. After both reading and watching 'The Crucible' I noticed that there were four main categories in which the characters fell into.

  2. The Crucible.

    The conversation's temper level is suddenly dropped and Mary goes to bed. Miller carves drama from every aspect of this conversation. The audience is obviously familiar with the charge for communicating with the 'Devil,' imminent death. In this sense it is obliviously clear that Miller has ventured to create suspense

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work