The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was a quite enjoyable book to read. I have to say the somewhat modern English makes The Crucible much easier to get through than other classic books. Amongst all the complex literary devices, action packed plot, and stage directions, one message stand out. It’s a very simple but powerful message. The message is to think first.

Think before you accuse somebody of being a witch. Think before you believe the rumor that somebody else is a witch. Think before you hang people because they refuse to admit being witches.

One might assume this message is common sense, but I assure you it’s not. Remember high school? Rumor after rumor was spread around, and people believed the rumors without thinking. They didn’t confirm the rumor, they didn’t scrutinize the rumor, they just believed it. The common sense of thinking first, instead of judging first, is not very common in today’s world.

Miller’s story incites fear in us of what may happen if people don’t think first. The time period that Miller sets the story in seems far off, but the message is quite applicable to today. The message of thinking first applies to how we view people. Think before you view someone in a negative way. In a popular, cliche idiom: don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge a human by their looks or what you’ve heard about them. In fact, you might do something crazy like getting to know a person first and then judge them. Miller’s message is simple. Think first.



2 thoughts on “The Crucible

  1. Drew , I absolutely enjoyed reading your blog. I completely agree you that we have totally forgotten how to think before we judge people. You did a really well of presenting the message and you managed to put in a very simple manner which was easily understood. Your third paragraph was really , i like how you related everything back to a witch , tying it back to The Crucible. I think that you should have given specific examples that directly apply to don’t judge people without thinking. Because that is the main point you are trying to get across to your reader , it would have been helpful to have a example back it up . Otherwise really well done 🙂


  2. Hi Drew,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. The way you wrote this post is very easy to follow and clearly communicated. It was a very simple yet thought-provoking message. It made me reflect on whether I think before I do something or judge someone, many times I dont. I like that you kept repeating the word “Think” which really emphasizes the importance of thinking and aids in clearly presenting your message. Also, I really like the example that you give about how we so often simply believe rumors without thinking, it allows the audience to relate to it. I think you could connect your message more to the book and provide specific examples of when certain characters did not think before they acted or judged. And also specifying which characters in the story were not thinking would further strengthen your post. Overall, great job!


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