The Crucible Themes

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The Crucible Themes

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Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify themes and symbols from the play, and support their choices with details from the text. For best practices, see our article with specific lesson plan steps on setting up your classroom and activities for themes, symbols, and motifs.


The Crucible Themes to Look For and Discuss

Fear / Paranoia / Hysteria

Fear and suspicion can cause normal and peaceful people, neighbors and friends, to turn on one another. Throughout the play, it is fear that drives the lies and deceit and ultimately cause the downfall of many.


Witch-Hunting / Intolerance / Prejudice

When people make judgments, it is often irreversible. This is why prejudices are so lethal. In the play, each condemned person is only offered their freedom after they sell someone else out. For some, this is easy and for others, they know that what they are doing is wrong. Those who are different become easy targets. Naming people becomes an effective way to get revenge. Many people were seen giving false testimony about their neighbor, just to inherit their neighbors' land once they were hanged.


A Person's Reputation

Throughout the play, each person's reputation in town is mentioned. On several occasions, the people act a certain way solely to keep the up appearances. For example, Parris often is worried that Abigail will tarnish his reputation and with the antics in the woods, he begins to fear for his job. He attempts to protect his reputation by choosing to believe that Abigail has seen people consorting with the Devil. By helping to point the finger, no one is pointing it at him. Parris's reputation is exactly the opposite of John Proctor's. Proctor's reputation in town is fair. However, he is willing to tarnish it by exposing his adultery to ultimately save all in town who are accused. In the end, he refuses to confess to witchcraft; he asks Judge Danforth to take his soul, but leave his name. Rebecca Nurse's reputation as a good Christian make some question the validity of the accusations when she is named.



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Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in The Crucible. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from The Crucible you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for the example(s) that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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