full title · The Crucible
author · Arthur Miller
type of work · Play
genre · Tragedy, allegory
language · English
time and place written · America, early 1950s
date of first publication · 1953
publisher · Viking Press
narrator · The play is occasionally interrupted by an omniscient, third-person narrator who fills in the background for the characters.
protagonist · John Proctor
antagonist · Abigail Williams
setting (time) · 1692
setting (place) · Salem, a small town in colonial Massachusetts
point of view · The Crucible is a play, so the audience and reader are entirely outside the action.
falling action · The events from John Proctor’s attempt to expose Abigail in Act IV to his decision to die rather than confess at the end of Act IV.
tense · Present
foreshadowing · The time frame of the play is extremely compressed, and the action proceeds so quickly that there is little time for foreshadowing.
tone · Serious and tragic—the language is almost biblical.
themes · Intolerance; hysteria; reputation
motifs · Empowerment; accusation, confession, legal proceedings in general
symbols · Though the play itself has very few examples of symbolism beyond typical witchcraft symbols (rats, toads, and bats), the entire play is meant to be symbolic, with its witch trials standing in for the anti-Communist “witch-hunts” of the 1950s.
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you forgot sarah good and sarah osborn as characters in this story, even if they dont have a line, they are still part of the story and still information
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I wish it would say how many people actually died according to the play and how many people was put into prison...
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