"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.

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In the Crucible there were many things that we could have learned. We could have learned about religion, education, family lives, and justice or politics. Because the people in the Crucible did not do things as we do now, we can also learn what was different about our lifestyles.

Our religion today is much different from the religion back in 1692. Today we believe that we can choose our own religion and which God to worship. Today we also get to choose which church to attend and when. In 1692 people were expected to attend a certain church and to attend every Sunday without absence. In 1692 they had good preachers and bad preachers, just like today. In the Crucible Reverend Hale was the local preacher. He was only interested in Christ and making sure everyone's souls could get to Heaven. Mr. Parris, on the other hand, was an insecure man.

He was mostly interested in how and what others thought about him. If for some reason in 1692 a person, such as Goody Proctor, was to miss a worship service or sinned by anything, it was assumed that this person was a witch. By this assumption, they were usually tried and hung. Religion has definitely changed for the better in the last 305 years.

Our education in America is also different than it was in 1692. Back then children did not receive very much formal education. If a child, or adult, wanted to learn to read or write, they went to the local preacher or they were just educated at home. Mostly, education was not that important. Speech was their main source of supplying education and information. Today we learn much more by the eleventh grade, then they learned in their entire life.

In 1692, Family lives were...