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, the plot summary, and important quotes.


Read one-minute Sparklet summaries, the detailed scene-by-scene Summary & Analysis, the Full Book Summary, or the Full Book Analysis of The Crucible.


See a complete list of the characters in The Crucible and in-depth analyses of John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Reverend Hale, Elizabeth Proctor, Judge Danforth, Mary Warren, and Giles Corey. 

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in The Crucible, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.  

Quick Quizzes

Test your knowledge of The Crucible with quizzes about every section, major characters, themes, symbols, and more.

Further Study

Go further in your study of The Crucible with background information, movie adaptations, links to resources around the web, and suggestions for further readings.