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Unformatted text preview: Jason Christian The Crucible #3 9/13/04 A crucible is a vessel made of a refractory substance such as graphite or porcelain, used for melting and calcining materials at high temperatures. Also, it is a severe test or trial. Arthur Millers foreshadowing in his title brilliantly coincides with the definition of a crucible. It is a test in which substances are heated to extreme measures to perform experiments or trials. This parallels the Salem Witch Trials perfectly in that the residents of the town are victimized by heated arguments and illegitimate accusations. This brings them to their melting-point when hot-aired accusations cause arbitrary trials in which the accused are falsely labeled. One by one, the witches are brought forth before His Excellency to be questioned. The trials were completely biased against the accused. The defendants questioned....
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