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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

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Theme and Character Analysis

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Theme Analysis

In  The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, the central idea of the theme analysis consists of the entire reason for the persecution of the townspeople in Salem, Oregon. The accusing people of witchcraft within the town stirs up poisonous consequences. A seventeen-year-old character named Mary Warren is a subservient, na´ve, and lonely girl, tells Abby, a seventeen beautiful orphan that lies all the time, “ Abby, we’ve got to tell. Witchery’s a hanging error, a hanging like they done in Boston two year ago.  We must tell the truth.” (p. 18).  The people who practiced witchcraft mastered their skills secretly usually in the woods.  The people that didn’t practice witchcraft were afraid of witches of witchery because they thought they were worshiping the devil.  The first act of the play dealed with the witnessed act of witchery and the witches trying to deny it.  Some of the witches went farther practicing then others.  One witch yelled, “ Abby, You drank blood!  You didn’t tell him that.  You did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife!” (p. 19).  The theme translates the play to have dark secrets and those secrets being revealed by observant witnesses. With the conspicuous characters living in Salem at the time, it was difficult to hide any kinds of witchcraft among the townspeople.  

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-Arthur Miller