A crucible is a vessel in which metals are heated to extremely high temperatures, melted down and purified. The play, 'The Crucible', shows a community which ignites and burns with accusations of witchcraft, mass hysteria and retribution. Set in the small town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692, it explores the struggle of one man with his conscience, and his eventual purification. It is a work of fiction, but based heavily on the historical records of an awful chapter in American history.
These notes and activities will help you understand the play. They will focus on these key areas: