Essay on Analysis Of ' The Crucible '

1105 Words Oct 27th, 2015 5 Pages
What does the word crucible mean to you? Crucible has multiple meanings. A play called The Crucible, tells of the Salem witch trials that took place in 1692. Many innocent people died during the trials or admitted to accusations that they truly never committed in order to save their lives. The witch trials were a devastating time for the people of Salem. Due to the themes, characters, and the plot, the play fits the many definitions perfectly, making it the ideal title for the play; a pot made of porcelain that can be heated to high temperatures, but not break, a severe test, and a place or situation that influences change or development.
The first definition of the word crucible is a pot made of porcelain that can be heated to high temperatures, but not break. There are several times in the story when this definition applies to the characters and plot of the play. For example, the town should have broke to pieces after the horrendous situations it endured, but instead managed to stay in tact. “Proctor: [Handing Danforth a paper.] Will you read this first? It’s a sort of testament. The people signing it declare their good opinion of Rebecca, and my wife, and Martha Corey” (1079). Ninety-one people of Salem banded together and signed a petition to help prove that Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, and Elizabeth Proctor were innocent. They realized that the witch trials had progressed long enough and wanted to put an end to them. Many characters in the play also…

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