Honors English III

The Crucible is a work of historical fiction written by renowned, contemporary playwright Arthur Miller.  Miller uses the basic structure of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 Massachusetts to create a story of intrigue, murder, and social disorder. The play also serves as a work of social protest as Miller draws parallels to the happenings in Salem to the societal upheaval brought about by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare tactics used to root out the perceived Communist threat during the 1950’s when Miller wrote the play.