The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Every great playwright has his or her time in the spotlight, for Arthur Miller it is believed this time came when he created The Crucible. The play is based on the corruption of the Salem witch trials which condemned many to an unjust death. Numerous amounts of criticism and interpretations were published to help the reader visualize a clearer picture of the play and understand what was happening during that period of time. The setting of language and the force of evil along with a review on hysteria and ideology and finally and interpretation on the devil in Salem can all be discussed in The Crucible as well as in this paper.
The Crucible for Miller was a turning point as far as being a playwright was concerned. It was the first time in his playwright career that he did not base his play on a Greek background. Miller's creation also turned heads because the reader noticed a more diverse choice of characters with individual descriptions on characters such as Hale, Abigail, Putnam and Proctor. Miller also uses the basic subject of his play very well, he bases the fate of one Massachusetts town on the decision of a few people. Curtis believed the greatest drama occurred during the collision of divine and secular law. (68) I feel this statement to be true, all was quiet in Salem and the whole fiasco could have been avoided if Rev. Parris had told the town Betty was sick in bed instead of blurting out that she was possessed. Most likely divine and secular law would not have conflicted and the townspeople would not have been accused so harshly. The role of titles in the play shows one characters greatness over another. One's integrity, reputation, prestige, functional power and selfish pride. To be in full agreement with this statement would be false, it sounds as if these characters were permanently stitched with these titles. For example, John Proctor was considered a decent man who wasn't perfect only because he stopped attending mass on Sundays on account of his wives illness. Unfortunately the honorable thing to do when accused of witchcraft was to die with dignity and not confess to a crime that was not committed. However, Proctor almost acted on a dishonorable note by confessing to the false accusations presented to him so as to be released from jail. Proctor came through in the end by tearing up his confession after seeing the disappointment in his wife and friend. Proctor had the title of "Good Guy." (Curtis 67-69)
Another Example is Rev. Parris. Parris is a conceded preacher who portrays himself as a higher being on the soul thought that he is a reverend and since he is "closest to God" he has authority over everyone. He was always in demand of material possessions for his preaching services and sided with the law more than the Bible. Towards the end of the play Parris recognized his wrongful ways when his daughter and niece ran away and became prostitutes. Parris pleaded with...