Theme Of Conscience In The Crucible

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We are tempted to think that the soul purpose of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible was to create an outlet that exposed the mass hysteria of the McCarthy era , however to say this you would be ignoring the central themes that have allowed this play to reach universal audiences. Among themes such as the abuse of power, conflict with authority and mass hysteria The Crucible deals with the importance of identity and the individual conscience. These two themes are closely linked because until you complete your journey in finding yourself you are unable to have an individual conscience. Miller uses one of the central characters in the story, John Proctor, to explore the journey of individual conscience. This theme combined with a unique structure and language allows him to creature a play that addresses the social and political concerns which are essential to every human existence. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theater on 22 of January, 1953. Though the play is based on the events of the Salem witch trials of 1692, Miller took artistic…show more content…
A crucible is a pot this is designed to melt metals at extremely high temperatures and separate impurities from the pure. This is also true of the events of the play. Salem strongly believed that the devil had infiltrated their community through human agents and needed to be purified or destroyed. As the play develops we discover the irony of the title. Miller is not suggesting that these trials separated the pure from the impure or evil, but if fact created them by punishing the innocent. Miller’s colourful use of irony and conciseness in the title expresses his attitude towards not only the Salem witch trials but the political circumstances of McCarthy he had found himself tangled
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