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The Crucible

To be used with Arthur Miller's play The Crucible.
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Jacob Carlson

on 23 August 2013

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Transcript of The Crucible

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

The Facts
Salem, Massachusetts
1692
Forbidden to read anything other than the Bible
Forbidden to participate or indulge in anything enjoyable
Strict and somber way of life
Indians were considered to be dangerous heathens hiding in the wilderness
Theocracy
Where the Devil was thought to live!
Combined state political power and religious power
HYSTERIA
FEAR
WITCH HUNT
LIES
RUMORS
INFIDELITY
JUDGMENT
GOD
SATAN
The Essential Questions
Where do we draw the line between public safety and individual freedom?
What modern "witch trials" exist in our society, locally, nationally or globally? What can we do to stop them?
The Context
This piece of literature reflects the events of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692,
but on a larger scale is also a commentary on the period in our political history when
Joseph McCarthy sparked mass hysteria by believing communism existed in the United States
and ultimately falsely accused about 500 hundred people of being involved in Communist activities.
The Characters
The Girls
Betty
Tituba
Mary
Abigail
The Holy
Rev. Parris
Rev. Hale
The Married
Putnams
the Proctors
the Nurses
The Righteous
Judge Hathorne
deputy governor Danforth
Wait- Isn't this the same as holy?
Yes, in a Theocracy it is.
the Coreys
the
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