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The Crucible

Arthur Miller

In his 1953 play The Crucible, playwright Arthur Miller employs a fictionalized account of Massachusetts Bay colonists accused of witchcraft in 1692 as a metaphor for government persecution of suspected communists during the mid-20th century. Explore a character analysis of John Proctor, plot summary, and important quotes.

Characters

See a complete list of the characters in The Crucible and in-depth analyses of John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Reverend Hale, and more. 

Main Ideas

Here's where you'll find analysis about The Crucible as a whole, from the major themes and ideas to analysis of style, tone, point of view, and more.

Further Study

Test your knowledge of The Crucible with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on context, background, and movie adaptations, plus links to the best resources around the web.

Writing Help

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