Arthur Miller wrote plays with well-developed themes focusing often on the conflict between an individual's responsibility and his or her deepest weaknesses.
Both The Crucible and Death of a Salesman deal with this conflict. One play looks at the social effects of individual (moral) decisions and the other looks at the effects of one person's weaknesses on a family unit.
Each play, at its heart, is concerned with illusion and delusion as methods of coping, as intentional deception and, importantly, as symptoms of personal emotional weakness.
What appears to be true to the characters in Death of a Salesman is often a far cry from reality, and this is communicated numerous times throughout the play.
We can see this dynamic in The Crucible as well.
For The Crucible , deception and illusion are obvious in their importance to the story of the play. Abigail and her friends spread lies that lead to...
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