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Article Analysis. When Arthur Millers The Crucible was being made into a movie, he decided to write an article called Why I Wrote the Crucible in the New Yorker.

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´╗┐Jake Renfro Mrs. Laurie Gill ACC English 3- Period 2 9/20/2012 Rhetorical Analysis of ?Why I Wrote The Crucible? When Arthur Miller?s The Crucible was being made into a movie, he decided to write an article called ?Why I Wrote the Crucible? in the New Yorker. In his article, Miller explains his reasons behind writing his play. In this article, he compares the mass hysteria and fear of the Red Scare to the fear of people in other historical events, such as the Salem Witch Trials, which is the subject of The Crucible. Miller demonstrates his purpose by using many rhetorical strategies such as diction, persuasive appeal that help the reader understand his motivation to write his hit play. Arthur Miller utilizes many descriptive words to receive the desired response from his audience. ...read more.


The last instance of diction used in the opening paragraph, ?inevitable as rain?, further portrays the negative tone that is intended by Miller. Miller uses this phrase to explain that he knew his play was going to be made into a movie sooner or later, and that he wasn?t happy about it. Rain itself creates a gloomy tone in the reader?s mind, and rain being inevitable makes the negative tone even more blatant. Miller effectively uses rain being inevitable to further demonstrate the dejected tone that he is shooting for. With three simple phrases, Miller significantly set up his audience to realize the main point by revealing the tone right off the bat. Next, Miller?s article is packed with persuasive appeal. Using pathos and logos, Miller effectively gets his point across to the reader. ...read more.


The use of cold, hard facts by Miller makes it undeniable that Miller has much knowledge about communism and isn?t just some uneducated buffoon. The use of logos in this article helps the audience trust the writer in that he knows what he is writing about, and makes it more likely that the audience will be persuaded by his main point. These persuasive appeals prove effective in conveying Miller?s purpose to his audience. It is easy to see that Miller is an expert writer in using many strategies to get his main purpose across to his readers. He powerfully manipulates the opinion of his audience by using diction and persuasive appeal. In this article, he used diction to convey the negative tone he needed to set up the audience for his persuasive appeal that communicated his purpose to the audience. He makes his main purpose very clear to the audience, and demonstrates his rhetorical skills with ease. ...read more.

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