The Crucible A Crucible is a container in which metals are heated to extract the pure element from the dross or impurities. Themes/Focus The impact of hysteria on a community The importance of your name/reputation The use and abuse of power Facing a terrible dilemma Setting Salem is a theocracy the church and state are one. Puritanism – strict, austere religion. No dancing, alcohol, reading anything other than the Bible, plays. Theocracy Breaking moral laws is the same as breaking state laws. Anyone who behaves differently from the norm or breaks the law is seen to belong to the devil. Gossip and Suspicion Very small community – colonists from Britain. Felt under threat from all around. Life full of hardship and hard work. Lots of petty jealousy/gossip. John Proctor A farmer who is respected in his community. Has had an affair with Abigail Williams. No longer goes to church as much as is expected. Abigail Williams Still bitter about being put out of the Proctor house. Jealous of Elizabeth Proctor. Has an axe to grind. Elizabeth Proctor Still hurt by her husband’s affair, she has struggled to forgive him and is still very hurt. She is very devout. Deputy-Governor Danforth Represents the combined authority of church and state. Takes part in the trials of all those accused of witch craft. Reverend Hale Outsider brought in to deal with initial worries and is instrumental in causing the trials.