THE CRUCIBLE. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CONTEXT OF THIS FAMOUS PLAY. Firstly, what is a crucible?. Crucible: a vessel or melting pot A test of the most decisive kind, a severe trial. So who is this Arthur Miller bloke?. Introducing Arthur Miller.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CONTEXT OF THIS FAMOUS PLAY
Okay, now you know a little bit about the author…
So what’s the deal with these Puritans?
THE MIDDLE AGES
All of this leads to lots of instability. So…
Let’s kill witches!
So back to the Puritans…
150 people were imprisoned, and 20 people died between 1692 and 1693.The Witch Trials
Why did Arthur Miller, almost 400 years after these events took place, decide to write about them?
Basically, he saw a strong parallel between the witch-hunts in Salem, and what was happening in America in the 1950s. However, this time, the hunt was for Communists.
Some of the people blacklisted include:
One: a dramatisation of the real-life events of Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1690s
Two: a comment on how ludicrous the hunt for Communists in the 1950s was.
Through this play, he makes clear comments about American government and society.