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The Crucible and the Death of a Salesman have dissimilarities and alikeness in their plots. In both of these plays, the main characters (Proctor (Crucible) and Willy (DoaS)) both had affairs with younger women which led to tension in both of the families, and troubled the main characters a lot. Both had tragic endings, both Willy and Proctor lost their lives. Some dissemblance between these two is that the Crucible had a more fast-past story were the DoaS was very slow at multiple times.  Another difference between them is that the plot of the Crucible was placed over a couple months, while the DoaS plot only took place in about two days. The Crucible took place in a village in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 way before the Death of a Salesman which took place in the 1920’s in a city in New York.Both of the characters in the two plays seem to have very little similarities til’ you look into both of their personalities, like Willy Loman, he was an older, not very sane businessman, where John Proctor was a younger mid-age man, and a farmer. When you look into their personalities they share some common traits. Both Proctor and Willy had inner regrets and unease about having their affairs and what they could have been able to do for their families, neither one’s death was an accident. Proctor and Willy both consciously choose to die, which is a similarity both men shared. Both of the men’s wives were very important roles in the plays. However, Linda Loman (Willy’s wife) didn’t know about Willy’s affair, unlike Elizabeth (Proctor’s wife) knew all about John’s affair and was forgiveful. Also, a difference is that we knew Willy’s kids (Happy and Biff), where Proctors children didn’t get introduced as characters but kind of like backstories of how long John has been married to Elizabeth.The themes and conflicts in both of these plays are very different. Death of a Salesman deals mostly with Willy’s Loman’s inner problems and regrets were about what he wished he had not done and had done. His wishful thinking hurt him so badly in the long run that he committed suicide. The theme and conflicts in Death of a Salesman are about Willy who is a businessman who wishes to be very successful and to be well liked by everyone, and how he wishes to be wealthy like his older brother. Because he is so caught up in his wishes it makes him mentally unstable and tries to kill himself by driving the car but eventually succeeds, he also talks to his memories that he believes is the present. Where The Crucible is about John Proctor and how the villages youth girls are pretending to have been bewitched by some of the elderly in the village and pretend to see the Devil and feel the Devil’s presence and Abigail who John had an affair with accuses his wife out of jealousy. John fights against it because he doesn’t believe the young girls, but Elizabeth was not going to hang because she was of child, but John had taken her place to die and was given the chance to live but refused to give the names of others, and he does admit to his false confessions, Goodie Proctor attempted to persuade John but then refuses because she has realized and understands he wants redemption, and another reason why John refuses to sign the confession is because he realizes that it can ruin his name for his three sons.In conclusion, The Crucible and Death of a Salesman are much alike and yet different, too. Arthur Miller did a very good job on both of the plays. This is why these plays are very comparable in many ways but still have differences. Arthur Miller is an amazing playwright in the end and did many great plays.