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.


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

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

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Further Study

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