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The Crucible Crossword Puzzle
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“The Crucible” is a play written by Arthur Miller and first performed in 1953. It is set in the early 1690s in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts, and it draws parallels to the McCarthy era in the United States during the 1950s when Senator Joseph McCarthy led a campaign against alleged communist sympathizers.
The story revolves around a series of events triggered by a group of young girls who are caught dancing in the woods, a forbidden activity in the strictly religious and superstitious community of Salem. To avoid punishment, the girls claim to be possessed by witches and accuse various townspeople of witchcraft, leading to mass hysteria.
The play’s central character is John Proctor, a farmer who has had an affair with Abigail Williams, one of the girls. As the witch trials progress, Proctor becomes increasingly involved in the proceedings as he tries to defend his wife, Elizabeth, and expose the fraudulent accusations. However, his own past infidelity comes back to haunt him.
“The Crucible” explores themes of mass hysteria, the abuse of power, religious intolerance, and the consequences of personal and collective fear. It is a powerful allegory for McCarthyism and remains a classic work of American literature that continues to be studied and performed today.
The Crucible crossword puzzle focuses on characters, setting, and symbols. It is printable and comes with a solution page. Teachers, parents, and students can print and make copies.