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Looking at the similarities and context of the plays; The Crucible, St. Joan and Antigone

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Looking at the similarities and context of the plays; The Crucible, St. Joan and Antigone

I shall be comparing the following three plays: The Crucible, St. Joan, and Antigone. I will be analysing the play's contents so that I can look at the similarities between the three of them and communicating the ideas that each of the three main characters have similar characteristics. The Crucible was written by playwright Arthur Miller and was first produced in 1953. The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 and looks at the 'witch hunt' that surrounded America in the seventeenth century. Miller used his own views of McCarthyism to look at the sheer madness that had surrounded this so called witchery, and so the play was seen as a political parable.

Antigone is a Greek tragedy that was written by Sophocles between 496 and 406 B.C but then was first produced in Paris, 1942, by the French dramatist Jean Anouilh. The play appealed to the French people's stand against dictators and their own hatred for Hitler. The play contains a tragedy and a hero (Antigone), dramatist decided on the use of masks in which to symbolise the idea

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