How does the setting of The Crucible set the atmosphere and tone of the story?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The setting of The Crucible is the town of Salem, Massachusetts. It's a crucial setting for what follows, as it's a very small town where everyone knows each other's business. This creates a stifling, restrictive atmosphere in which it is virtually impossible to lead your life free from prying eyes and wagging tongues. And such an atmosphere provides the ideal conditions for a witch-craze to develop.

Salem's not just a small town, but a Puritan town, a Puritan theocracy governed by a narrow interpretation of the Bible. As die-hard Calvinists, the townsfolk already believe that...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 297 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team