Symbolism in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller The symbol of the witch trials is a symbol of an extreme controversy as it deals in the first place with the opposition of the church and everything unreligious. Throughout such symbolism the author reveals the fact of how hysterical and narrow-minded were the people of the old Salem. The whole society seems to be completely unhealthy and uneducated as they get focused on the issues that do not require such an excessive attention.
The Crucible summary For the representatives of the Miller’s society being an honest and a decent man means not only respecting the religious doctrine but following its commandments literally. For instance, Abigail is the evil character in terms of the Miller’s society as she is into material and sexual desires. Though the society of “The Crucible” is a Puritan one on the surface in reality almost each member of this society is greedy, dishonest, and jealous of each other.
“The Crucible” character analysis Reverend Parris – is the Minister of Salem who thinks that the evil plans of the witches is to make him leave Salem. Due to this believe he actively participates in the witch trial.John Proctor – is a citizen of Salem who is dedicated to farming. At the same time is a very important character as he is the one to have an affair with Abigail Williams.Abigail Williams – is the one who actually starts the witch trials. She has a love affair with John Proctor. She is the one who threatens the other girls and accuses the wrong people of being witches. She has a strong influence on the group of girls around her.
“Under the guise of the church” Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” Each of the members of that society is ready to believe in any absurd accusation of another member because deep inside they know that they all have to hide something and are not completely honest. They tend to see “the evil” in other people, because they have it inside themselves. They are more likely to believe that someone has killed a baby than believe in the innocence of the person.