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Discuss the change or lack of change undergone by the main characters in Arthur Miller's - The Crucible

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Discuss the change or lack of change undergone by the main characters. In 1953 Arthur Miller wrote a play entitled The Crucible, by writing this he aimed to challenge the assumptions of US society and led people to question each others responsibilities. In the 1950's senator Joe McCarthy started to exploit the US fears of communism and organised a witch hunt. Miller would have seen this as similar to the Holocaust in the sense that people were being wrongly accused of being witches when they were not. Arthur was a Jew and so would have had sympathy with these people and this in my eyes was one of the key factors in the writing of this play. During the 17th century there was an outbreak in the belief of witchcraft in Europe. This led to mass immigration from Europe to America; the immigrants were Puritans and so set up their own strict Christian communities. This is how Salem, Massachusetts came into being. Miller's characters convey my point through their change of personality from Act I through to Act IV. There are different types of change throughout the play such as change in character, beliefs and loyalty and these all occur at some point in the play to different characters. ...read more.

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We are first introduced to him during Act I, Miller describes John Proctor as, '...a farmer in his middle thirties. He need not have been a partisan of any faction in the town' This shows that Proctor was a good man, and that, even though the witchcraft accusations had come about, there was no need for Proctor to be involved, he did not have anything to do with the Devil and was a Puritan throughout. He is also shown to us by Miller as a man worthy of admirers, 'In Proctor's presence a fool felt his foolishness instantly - ...'. This quote shows Miller wanted the audience to feel that Proctor was a figure that the people in Salem looked up to, aspired to be like in the future. Dramatic irony is then used when Proctor says, 'I've heard you be a sensible man, Mr Hale. I hope you'll leave some of it in Salem'. This line makes the audience aware that Proctor himself does not believe the witch claims in Salem, he is ridiculing them. In doing so the audience see him as a strong man with good beliefs and a man who is only trying to do what is right for Salem. ...read more.

Conclusion

She couldn't possible, meaning she obviously is like that deep down; it is just that Miller chooses to hide this from the audience up until the end. Act III happens to be the last we see of Abigail and even in this short period we see her for is enough to show she has changed somewhat significantly. At the beginning she tried to hide her real personality beneath a barrage of cuteness and innocence but towards the end she has been threatened by the whole ordeal that much that she no longer tries to hide it and instead is rather loud about the situation. The way Arthur Miller presents the characters throughout is obvious, he intends to show radical change throughout the play. The radical change of the characters in such a short space of time engrosses the audience and interests them. it makes them eagerly await the rest of the play and see if any more change is to occur. Personally I believe the only interesting part in The Crucible is the display of change from the different characters, this is because of how Miller presents it, using stage directions and speech to get his point across. This shows that as the play is so famous the way Miller presents change must be rather special to entice all these audiences. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel O'Donnell 11JR ...read more.

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