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Thetitle-Crucible-of Arthur Miller’s play attracts severalinterpretations. Literally, the word may be used to refer to a place,situation, or time that often incorporates powerful political,social, intellectual, and economic forces that have immense influenceit the society. In a more metaphorical way, the word-crucible- may beused to refer to a severe test, for patience or belief, or a trial(Miller, 2011). The latter definition is the most often associatedwith the Arthur Miller’s play the play narrates a story of theSalem witchcraft’s trials. The wills of innocent men and women areput to test since they face false accusations. They face extremelysevere trials. During this period, women rarely conform to thepatterns and expectations that are accepted for women in the region.As a result, most of them are persecuted and executed based onevidence gathered from mere gossips that they practice witchcraft(Miler, 2011). They portrayed determination and willpower in order towithstand and overcome such wretched ordeals.

Undeniably,the play is a severe test or trial for most women victims. JohnProctor is also put on a literal trial and his honesty, integrity,convictions, and morals are put on test (Miller, 2011). Fortunately,the trials transform him into a stronger man who withstands manythings that others cannot tolerate or overcome.

Indeed,Salem depicted itself as a situation as well as location that hosteddeeply-held beliefs as far as the relationship between sexuality,morality, religion or faith and power are concerned. The varyingdefinitions of the word-crucible- as well as its application for boththe events and characters make it an apt word to choose for the play.


Miller,A. (2011). TheCrucible: A Play in Four Acts.Westmins: Penguin Books Limited.