The Crucible is probably one of the better known American dramas, largely because of its connections to true American history. The play takes place during the Salem Witch Trials, but Arthur Miller famously used this setting to encompass his feelings about the House Un-American Activities Committee lead by Joseph McCarthy.
I’ve always been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials, so this is my kind of story. In my opinion, Miller creates a fantastic, frustrating, tragic story in which no one can really win. I read this play in high school and I’ve seen the film adaptation a few times, but the play’s messages still hold weight. John Proctor’s final speeches at the plays conclusion are quite emotional and touching, and even though the setting (and the period in which the play was written) is in the distant past, the play’s overall themes are still quite real.