The Crucible Melting Point Analysis

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Two definitions of the word "crucible" can apply to the title of the play The Crucible, "a kettle pot that was used for melting or cleansing, purifying, metals" and "a severe test." In the story The Crucible, the village of Salem is a strict puritan community (the kettle), which has been over-run with ideas of witchcraft. The contents of this kettle are the God-fearing people of Salem along with their feelings and emotions. Fueled by the lies and blasphemy of the town’s youth, they're finally brought to a "melting point" where they buy into the deceit and start to charge witchcraft on the townspeople. The accusations of witchcraft can also been seen as a melting point. At first, the slaves and homeless were the only victims of the claims. Eventually,

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