In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, the mass hysteria that occurred in Salem in 1692 is shown. The play, The Crucible, is about a Puritan society that faces a mass hysteria. It arises after a group of girls from the Salem community are caught dancing by Reverend Parris, and blame their actions on the Devil. This causes a hysterical outbreak in the community. In Arthur Miller’s play, The.