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The Crucible: Overview

VCE English Units 3&4

Kerferd Library The Crucible 

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Resource Key

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings
  • Students should understand how to produce a reasoned analytical response and a creative response to a text.
  • Students should understand that a variety of interpretations of a text are possible, and that viewpoints should be supported with evidence.

The Crucible | Introduction

Level 1"The Crucible was written to warn people of how power can corrupt and be misused to persecute people, but it is a historical play set in a particular time and place that is remote to us today" (McCarthy, S., 2011., p. 4)

"When The Crucible was published and produced in 1953, many audiences and critics felt that the play, with a plot focused on the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s, was an analogy for the McCarthy investigations that were going on at the time. Some of the same issues, such as mass hysteria and unchecked power, were at the forefront of both historical events.” (Bloom, H., 2010., p. 13

The Crucible | Study Guides

Level 1

Level 2

Level 1

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The Crucible | Background reading

Level 2eBooksThe following readings are chapters sourced from Bloom, H. (2010). Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Facts on File. Use the following links to go directly to each article.

The Crucible | Listen to the play

Level 1Audio BookTo listen to this audio production when off campus first login to Digital Theatre Plus using your School mConnect user ID and password. See also the Kerferd Library help files for Digital Theatre Plus.

The Crucible | Useful links

Level 2Web links

The Crucible | Curriculum alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum AlignmentThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Australian and / or Victorian curriculum outcomes.

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