The Crucible and Morality

Grades 9-12 | Analysis | Source-Based
Source Lexile®: NP (Non-Prose) | Learning Standards




In the 15th and 16th centuries in Europe, morality plays were very popular, and throughout history, playwrights have continued to express important ideas or messages using this genre. Characters in morality plays are intended to represent Good and Evil. Playwright Arthur Miller himself explained that The Crucible, written in 1953, was meant to represent a conflict between right and wrong in the era’s major political movements, about which the audience could learn a moral lesson.

Write an essay analyzing the ways that The Crucible acts as a morality play. Be sure to include an analysis of how Miller uses characterization and symbolism to represent elements of good and evil. Incorporate textual evidence to support your analysis.