From a helpless girl, she becomes crafty and capable of destroying innocent lives through such accusations.
Theme #4Guilt The theme of guilt is related to the progress in John Proctor’s character in the play.
Theme #2Hysteria Hysteria also upholds thematic significance in the play because the society in Salem is engulfed in the accusations of witchcraft.
The rapid growth of hysteria in Salem destroys the impact of rational thinking.
On the contrary, there were many women like Rebecca, a nurse, who chooses to sacrifice herself over false statement.
Again, a few women held false standards of feminity like Elizabeth, John Proctor’s wife, in the society of that time.They are not portrayed as servants to men, mothers or wives.Miller presents them keeping in mind the attitude of the society toward women in 1950s when writing The Crucible.The judges exercise their absolute power by rejecting Proctor’s rational explanation and punishing him and acquitting the girls, who are guilty.Progress in Abigail’s character, from an orphan teenager to the witness of a sinister plot, highlights the theme of power in the play.Theme #6Deception Deception and lies present another important theme that runs throughout the play.It does not include myths related to black magic or witchcraft.The most prominent character, Abigail, portrayed as a promiscuous young woman, represents a few women during that period.She is selfish and becomes extremely revengeful when John leaves her.Themes of this play not only shows the problem of witchcraft during the late 19th and early 20th centuries but also exposes the dark sides of human nature.Some of the major themes have been discussed below.