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Why is the play called the Crucible Webster and his book the dictionary defines a crucible as A container in which metals are heated involving a change A severe test or trial Author Miller in his play uses the title The Crucible as an analogy for the situation The actual container- the crucible is the town of Salem Massachusetts The contents of the container are the people of Salem the emotions and feelings of these people are what change The events that take place in the town are what fuel and heat the peoples emotions and are what affects their actions Miller also puns on the other meaning of a crucible which is a severe test or trial to tie in with the events that take pace in the play- the trials of the accused witches and the extent of the consequences death by hanging The severe test or trial referred to above is an inquiry carried out to see whether peoples souls are still with God This shows the extremity and extent of the trials It shows how important a part religion plays in the community Seeing as peoples life styles revolved around working and praying If people were not working or farming their lands they are praying On holidays they pray there are hardly any moments of recreation or fun The people of Salem are deeply religious and to drift on to the side of the devil is the most serious sin or crime imaginable in the community Just as it was a sin drift on to the side of the devil in the time of the crucible it was the same to drift on to the side of communism in the 1950s when Arthur Miller wrote this play In the 1950s Senator Joe Macarthy set up a campaign to rid the United States of all communist supporters These communist trials would be broadcast on national television
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