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Can the audience be certain that Abigail is pretending when she has her fits (pages thirty nine-forty and ninety one-ninety six)

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Can the audience be certain that Abigail is pretending when she has her fits (pages thirty nine-forty and ninety one-ninety six) In sixteen ninety two there was an outbreak of hangings for witchcraft. Arthur Miller based "The Crucible" on the events that lead to this to create an allegory of the events that took place in the nineteen fifties, when Joseph McCarthy was the head of the investigations of the senate committee on internal security. When Abigail her fit on page ninety two, Miller leaves the audience confused because of the other girls' reaction to what Abigail does and also to Mary Warren's accusations. When Abigail starts imitating Mary Warren the girls copy Abigail and start using it to accuse Mary Warren of "sending a shadow on them," so Abigail used its sudden entrance into the court to stop Mary Warren from telling the truth about what happened in the woods. ...read more.

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In the sixteen nineties the buildings were furnished in a minimalist fashion because people couldn't afford much more that the essentials, for example in Betty's bedroom would have a bed a little chest of drawers for her clothes and a chair. There would also be a few windows. Therefore it would be quite shocking seeing it filled up with mainly young girls, then when all the girls suddenly start shouting it would be overwhelming and quite confusing for an audience member seeing this for the first time. However, When Mary Warren is persuaded to go to court she seems scared of Abigail as she says; "She'll kill me for sayin' that!" The audience also know that Abigail has lied from the beginning about what happened in the woods, as Abigail told her uncle that all they did was dance but then Betty says "you drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!", also in the same conversation Abigail tells Mary Warren to carry on lying, "Let either of you breathe a word about ...read more.

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There are certain similarities between Salem and today, such as today, lots of people treat Muslims differently because other people have turned Muslims into a scapegoat and projected everything wrong with the society that they live in and been blamed on a particular group of people, which in our case is Muslims. This prejudice against particular groups of people often isn't fair. In America they projected their fears onto communists because they were that the communist uprising in Russia would spread to America, but now we are worried because a few Muslims out of millions decided to become suicide bombers and the government used them as a means to justify the war in Iraq by demonising the main faith in that country. Overall I think that the audience wouldn't be able to whether Abigail was pretending while she was having her fits unless they had seen "The Crucible" before, because Arthur Miller uses a lot of tactics to confuse or scare the audience. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lizzie Begley ...read more.

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