Why is the play called the Crucible?
Webster and his book the dictionary defines a ‘crucible’ as,
“A container in which metals are heated, involving a change. A severe test or trial.”
Author Miller in his play, uses the title ’The Crucible’ as an analogy for the situation. The actual container- the crucible, is the town of Salem Massachusetts. The contents of the container are the people of Salem, the emotions and feelings of these
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with a great deal of success.
The allegations based on shaky or non-existent evidence are completely believed, accused witches lives are threatened as are accused communists. I personally think that Arthur miller has used words and event very successfully to expose the true nature of the communist trials using the Salem witch-hunts. The use of the title ‘The Crucible’ is extremely effective as it refers to and links with occurrences and meaning in the play.