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Analysis of Use of Language in 'The Crucible'

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Use of Language The Crucible is based on the events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Arthur Miller (The author of The Crucible) has decided on using Tragedy and realism as the genres in the play. In this piece of writing I will be discussing and analysing the use of language throughout the crucible. When thinking about the decisions that Miller would have taken when writing the script, it is very important to take into account the genre and period of the play as these have a great impact on the choice of words and the way in which dialogue and action is presented. Throughout the majority of the play the narrative is portrayed with realistic conversation between two or more characters and sometimes with reported action. The whole of the play is set from a 3rd person objective point of view. An example of a scene that follows these rules could be in the second scene in the house of the Proctors. This starts with dialogue between Elizabeth and John. The wording is simple and builds gradually and emotionally to a climax when Marry Warren enters the scene. The dialogue stays at a steadier pace until more characters emerge and the script becomes much more frantic. ...read more.


His main purpose is to maintain a high reputation in the town this is clearly portrayed by his accusations in the court, 'They've come to overthrow the court, sir!' John Proctor is another example of someone who can be depicted well by his use of language. By the end of the play he is thoroughly developed, his relevance in the play is very much apparent through the way that he speaks for example he uses strong and meaningful sentences that hit the reader and are very much believed, eg. 'Let them that never lied die now to keep their souls'. Language in the court is similar to that of in the town and of the townspeople; this is probably because the people in the court are likely to have come from the town or near. The servants use a dialect similar to the characters of a higher status but sometimes it can be slightly simpler and less wordy compared to that of Mr. Hale for example. We are aware that Mary Warren is a servant and has slightly less of an education by some of the phrases and words she uses and those that other characters address her with, 'I'll whip the devil out of you' John Proctor shouts this at Mary when she does not respond to John, this shows his higher status over her and his willingness to exercise his authority over her. ...read more.


It is ironic that Rebecca has a lot of dialogue reflecting her love of God and religion when at the end of the play she is to die for what the court believes as 'plotting against God'. Another word used a lot throughout the play is 'Devil' this is a sharp contrast to the word 'God' and both words used together and so frequently creates a strong sense of conflict. By enforcing these religious terms and phrases so often Miller maintains the idea of a strongly religious community and expands the form of realism. In conclusion language is used to great effect. The language has a number of different functions, a specific one being to show conflict and tension between characters and opinions. Miller chooses to write in short sentences within the dialogue, but uses long monologues at various intervals to inform the reader on the background of some of the characters. The conversation between characters is plain, concise and realistic. Miller conveys this through not using poetry or prose in this writing and sticking to what would be a normal conversation in everyday life so that realism is always assumed. If I where to put on a play of The Crucible, I would like the Actors to speak the lines with an American accent as this reflects the historical background but also adds to the element of modern day relevance and realism. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rosie Evans ...read more.

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