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The title of Author Millers play the Crucible fits the story in many ways There are many definitions for a crucible but mainly two of them fit the story most The first definition of a crucible is a melting pot that chemist and alchemists used to mix metals but in order to melt the metals down they had to heat the metals up to a certain point for them to turn to liquids So in fact a crucible is a container that can withstand high temperatures In this way the characters of the play have to withstand a lot of heat but like all metals they find their boiling point and just give up This is evident in the play when John Proctor the storys main character becomes so enthralled with the trial and all the pressure that he signs his own death warrant just to get it over with The second definition of a crucible is a great test or trial and as one might know the story unfolds itself to be a great trial of good versus evil The title serves as a point of departure for the reader and gives the reader a edge into the story even before you start to read the play itself In a metaphorical way Miller uses the title The Crucible to potray many points For example The Crucible actually intended to be a satire of the anti-Soviet feeling that ran rampant throughout the country The plays intention was to potray and poke holes into the feeling of the day and the whole McCarthy trials going on back then The play connected to that whole era because it showed how the hysteria of a people leads to its downfall and how the only thing we have to fear is our selves For his work on this play and his affirmation of once being a member of the Communist party Miller was put on a Black List
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