Course Hero Logo

The Crucible | Study Guide

Arthur Miller

Get the eBook on Amazon to study offline.

Buy on Amazon Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "The Crucible Study Guide." Course Hero. 19 Jan. 2017. Web. 28 May 2023. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2017, January 19). The Crucible Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved May 28, 2023, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2017)



Course Hero. "The Crucible Study Guide." January 19, 2017. Accessed May 28, 2023.


Course Hero, "The Crucible Study Guide," January 19, 2017, accessed May 28, 2023,

The Crucible | Infographic

Share Embed
Click to copy code

Check out this Infographic to learn more about Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Study visually with character maps, plot summaries, helpful context, and more.

the-crucible-arthur-millerThe Crucible depicts the 1692-93 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in which 20 people were hanged or crushed to death for practicing witchcraft. Miller wrote this allegorical play in response to the McCarthy hearings, in which fear and suspicion led to accusations that government employees and other citizens were communist sympathizers.Suspicion Destroys LivesMAIN CHARACTERSReverend HaleMinister and witchcraft expert; denounces trialsRebecca NurseCalm, honorable, and pious womanGiles CoreyEthical, resolute,old farmerElizabeth ProctorJohns cold, upstanding wife; loves unconditionallyJohn ProctorPrincipled farmer, husband, and father ALLYEX-LOVERSThomas PutnamLandowner; seizes convicted mens landAbigail Williams Devious teenager; asks Tituba to perform voodooADVERSARYFRIENDADVOCATEACCUSERReverend ParrisGreedy, power-hungry minister whose daughter dances with TitubaSymbolsPoppetCloth doll symbolizingAbigails vengeance CrucibleStands for the firestorm ofemotion and meltdown of humanity during the witch trials Witch HuntsRepresent how the power of fear can lead to false accusationsLike The Crucibles star protagonist, John Proctor, Miller struggled to fight a system he thought was unjust and unbalanced. Proctor won’t lie to save his life, a theme reflected during the 1950s McCarthy hearings, when Miller refused to reveal names of friends who might be communists and was charged with contempt of court.ARTHUR MILLER1915–2005AuthorThemesInjusticeInequity occurs when legal and religious authorities won’t permit deviation from their own spiritual beliefs.ReputationA persons public image can be quickly ruined by unfounded suspicions, rumors, and innuendo. Mob MentalityFear of being considered different leads people to accept a groups conformity and anonymity. The Crucibleby the NumbersThe real Abigail Williamss age during the Salem Witch HuntYear John Proctor was hung after being convicted of practicing witchcraftYear the Massachusetts General Court cleared the names of people accused during the witch trialsHonorary doctorate degrees Arthur Miller held: one from Harvard University and one from Oxford University2~1116921711John Proctor, Act IVhave given you my soul; leave me my name!Sources:,, Encyclopaedia Britannica,,, National Endowmentfor the Humanities, The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, University of Virginia Libraries Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Arthur Miller1953EnglishPlayAuthorFirst PerformedOriginal LanguageThe CrucibleHistorical

Want to see more infographics? View All Infographics on Course Hero!

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about The Crucible? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!