冷战期间，美国通过恐怖活动来妖魔化共产主义和苏联。一种摩尼教的神话正在开花，显示出一场意识形态的战争，它既反对超级大国，也反对他们，善与恶。同样的情况出现在坩埚中，在证词中，法官的问题绝对没有空间留给像John Proctor这样的人，他既不是完全善良，也不是邪恶。从法官的角度看，你要么是魔鬼的上帝。被判巫术的人通常会在酷刑中认罪，或者因为他们不想死。后一种情况通常是一个谎言，允许人们逃离死亡，但涉及到别人的名字。这是举个例子，在黑尔的问题下，她说她看到了其他女人，她说她看到了魔鬼:“是的，先生，一个好基督徒”(37)和“我不知道，先生，但是魔鬼给了他许多女巫”(39)。这个例子展示了那些自称善良的人的虚伪，并允许他人评价他人，但当情况变得温暖时，他们就能做任何能挽救他们的事情，包括用别人的生命来换取他们的自由。对于古蒂·帕特南来说，他在剧中扮演的角色就是将巫术与她所看到的一切联系起来。她想要为她的婴儿的死定一个人的罪，而黑尔牧师的到来是证明她自己的一个好方法，如果她不能生下一个精力旺盛的婴儿，这不是她的过错。因此，她试图介入调查，并毫不犹豫地提出“证据”，以“我知道!”的罪名是由阿比盖尔和女孩所命名的。古蒂·奥斯本三次都是我的助产士。我求你了，托马斯，我没有吗?我请求他不要给奥斯本打电话，因为我怕她。我的孩子们总是在她的手中萎缩!”(39)。古蒂·帕特南从未在剧中提到过奥斯本的名字。这句话显示了一些人如何敢于评判别人，并试图用锤击他们以获得个人满足。那些喜欢古蒂·普特南的人并没有被怀疑是邪恶的，因为他们每个周日都在教堂，英国格拉斯哥论文代写:恐怖活动至少在这出戏里，他们的灵魂是最黑的。这种情况可以与米勒的时代相比较，那时候，像麦卡锡参议员这样的人，还远远没有成为“非美国人活动”的模范。作者通过给读者给读者的印象是，Goody Putnam或Judge Danforth是头脑简单的人。像约翰·普洛克托尔或丽贝卡·护士这样的人是不完美的，但至少对自己诚实，除非事实证明不然。在整个游戏过程中，我们从来没有看到他们在别人身上吐痰，或者试图给别人带来麻烦。这种性格可能代表阿瑟·米勒的理想;不允许自己评判别人的人，因为没有人是完美的。约翰和丽贝卡在戏剧结束时的死亡，可能象征着作者希望把他们描绘成为他们捍卫的思想和道德价值观而牺牲的殉道者，从而带来读者的同情。对剧作家来说，坩埚是一种方式，让读者注意到判断可能是危险的，结果就像滚雪球一样。法官丹福斯和霍索恩在约翰·普罗克特试图拯救他的妻子的时候就已经有了他们的想法，这意味着什么也不能扭转他的命运。他在进入法庭的那一刻被判死刑，因为帕里斯在教会的出席记录。
During the Cold War, a terror campaign was led through the United States to demonize communism and the USSR. A Manichean myth was blossoming showing the ideological war that opposed both superpowers as us versus them, good versus evil. The exact same situation is present in The Crucible when in the testimonies and questions from the judge there is absolutely no space for someone like John Proctor who is neither totally good nor evil. From the judges' point of view, you are either on God of the Devil's side. People convicted of witchcraft usually confess under torture or because they just don't want to die. The latter case is usually a lie that permits to escape death but involves someone else's name. This is for example the case of Tituba who, under the pressure of Hale's questions names other women who she says she saw with the Devil: "Aye, sir, a good Christian" (37) and "I don't know, sir, but the Devil got him numerous witches" (39). This example shows all the hypocrisy of people who call themselves good and permit judging others, but when the situation gets warm, they are capable of anything that would save them, including buying their freedom with someone else's life. It is the same for Goody Putnam whose role in the play is to make a relation to witchcraft to everything she sees. She wants to convict someone for her babies' death and the arrival of Reverend Hale is a good way to prove herself it is not her fault if she cannot give birth to a vigorous baby. She thus tries to get involved in the inquiry and does not hesitate to give "evidence" of the guilt of whoever is named by Abigail and the girls: "I knew it! Goody Osburn were midwife to me three times. I begged you, Thomas, did I not? I begged him not to call Osburn because I feared her. My babies always shrivelled in her hands!" (39). Goody Putnam never mentioned Goody Osburn's name before Tituba in the play. This quote shows how some people dare judge others and try to hammer them down for personal satisfaction. Those who like Goody Putnam are not suspected of being evil because they are at the Church every Sunday are, at least in this play, the ones whose soul is the most blackened. This situation can be compared to Miller's period of time, when people like Senator McCarthy who was far from being exemplar still convicted artists for "un-American activities". The author fustigates this attitude by giving the reader the impression that Goody Putnam for example or Judge Danforth are simple minded people. Those they convict, like John Proctor or Rebecca Nurse are not perfect but are at least honest with themselves until proven otherwise. Throughout the play, we never see either of them spitting on someone else or trying to bring trouble to anyone. This kind of character might represent Arthur Miller's ideal; someone that does not permit himself to judge others since no one is perfect. John and Rebecca's death at the end of the play might symbolise the author's wish to represent them as martyrs who died for the ideas and moral values they defended and thus bring the sympathy of the reader. The Crucible is a way for the playwright to bring the reader's attention on how judgements may be dangerous and end up like a snowball effect. The judges Danforth and Hathorne already had their idea on John Proctor when he came to try to save his wife, which means nothing could have twisted his fate. He was condemned to death the minute he entered the court because of Parris's record of attendance at church.