What are the important settings in "The Crucible"? Also explain the significance.

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The setting of “The Crucible” is against the backdrop of the witch hunts and the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in the late 17th century.  This story is based on a true story so its setting is real.  Because the story is real the fact it takes place during the 17th century is important.  The community used in the play needed to be superstitious and gullible and paranoid for this incident to have happened in the first place.  Also, the play dramatizes events that occurred within a Puritan society with a strong aversion to witches.  

This is a modern play, so the actors use props and backdrops which are created to look like the actual setting of the Salem village during that period.  The various settings include Betty’s room, Proctor's living room and kitchen, the town jail, and the court room.  The sets create a depressing and dismal atmosphere since all the areas settings are small and intense.  Even the scenes out- doors, usually considered free and wild, are shown to be dark, scary, mysterious and dangerous in this play.

duranfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several sets that figure into the staging of the Crucible. The first is Rev. Parris' home. This is where the play opens and it establishes the framework of the puritan home. We see the good people of Salem praying over Betty and the questioning of Tituba by Rev. Hale within this home.

The home of John and Elizabeth Proctor serves as a contrast to that of Hale. It is a simple home and John and Elizabeth practice their faith (and lives) in a much more personal (and slightly less puritanical way).

The meeting house serves as the house of worship for the community and also houses the court that eventually convicts the witches.

If the "deleted scene" is performed, John Proctor and Abigail Williams meet in the woods at night. This is the only scene that is isolated from religion an law in the entire play.

Finally, we see citizens of Salem in the jailhouse. This is the last destination before the gallows that end the play.