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.