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The Crucible


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Title: The Crucible

The Crucible
  • Background
  • LA 3
  • Mrs. Trippy

  • Fled England to the New World to be able to
    practice their religion
  • Persecuted others in the New World for not having
    the same religion.
  • The New England Primer New England Primer video
  • The text used to teach children to read and
    write, about religion, and about morals.
  • Used in New England until the 1800s

Persecuted- mistreated, victimized
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692
  • Because of the harsh conditions the Puritans
    endured, there was safety in numbers.
  • This caused a fear of anything different than the
    common belief
  • The causes included politics, religion, family
    feuds, economics, and the imaginations and fears
    of the people.
  • Causes of the Salem Witch Trials

Arthur Miller the Playwright
  • Wrote such famous plays as The Death of a
    Salesman and The Misfits
  • Wrote The Crucible in 1953
  • Earned many honors and awards including The
    Pulitzer Prize (writing award) and 7 Tony awards
    (theater honor)!

Arthur Miller the Communist?
  • In 1956 and 1957, Miller was subpoenaed by the
    House Un-American Activities Committee and was
    convicted of contempt of Congress
  • Miller refused to identify writers believed to
    hold Communist sympathies.
  • In 1958 Court of Appeals overturned his

Subpoenaed- to be called by the court to defend
accusations Convicted- to be found guilty of a
The Witch Hunt of the 1950s
  • Senator John McCarthy headed a department called
    the House Un-American Activities Committee
  • He claimed that he had a list of members of the
    Communist party and members of a spy ring
  • His reign of terror was a modern day Witch Hunt
    known as the Red Scare or McCarthyism
  • McCarthy "Witch hunts"

The Witch Hunt of the 1950s
  • Comprehend- In your groups, first read your
    assigned article(s) and then answer the
    questions in complete sentences on a separate
    sheet of paper.
  • Mix it up! Share your information with another
    group with a different topic and discuss the
    answers to the questions
  • Record- As each group shares answers and
    information on their topic, write down the
    answers on your paper.

Communist Connection to Salem Witch Trials
  • Miller saw a parallel between his experience with
    the Red Scare of the 1950s and the witch hunts
    and trials of Salem, Mass in 1692

Parallel- comparison, similarity
The Big Questions!
  1. What are the similarities between the Salem Witch
    Trials and the Trials of the Red Scare?
  2. What was the authors purpose of writing this
  3. How did the Puritan culture provoke the witch
  4. How do the characters motives affect the plot?