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English Literature Coursework-The Crucible How does conflict add to the dramatic effect of the play? Introduction The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller, he produced the play in 1953, in the middle of the McCarthy political 'witch-hunt'. It was seen as a political parable. He uses the political conflicts that he witnessed and experienced to develop the themes and attitudes of the play. The two contrasting perspectives(eg Danforth/Parris vs. Proctor) we see in Salem are very similar to the conflicts he experienced. We see the individual against the court, trying to prove their innocence, this is the key event and issue in both 'The Crucible and McCarthy times. The influence of McCarthyism is clearly shown when Abigail and the girls gain power and trust by telling Danforth the names of people they have supposedly seen with the devil. Similarly, in McCarthy times people who were reported of sympathising with communists would be taken to court but they would not be sentenced if they named people associated with communist groups. The Crucible contains many conflicts, which also represent the themes of the play. John Proctor's conflict with society can be symbolised in different ways. It can the show the conflicts of Society vs. private lives, Utopia vs. reality or religion vs. capitalism. ...read more.


After a long deliberation I concluded that he is both. Throughout the play we are told that power is everything, but all this is crumbled by John's situation in his last hours. I was appalled to learn that even someone as powerful, respected and confident as John can be made a victim by the power of theocracy and the distorted dream of a puritanical society. However, as I mentioned earlier, John is everything we dream of being. Even the threat of death doesn't persuade him to put aside his values his pride and his struggle for justice. In the Proctor household there is a great tension between John and Elizabeth, as she still hasn't forgiven Proctor for his adultery, his short temper and her lack of trust cause many arguments. This confusion, created by secrecy and lies, creates room for the irony that seals Elizabeth's fate. When Mary Warren makes a doll for Elizabeth, as a genuine gift, Abigail persuades her to stick the needle in the stomach of the doll for safekeeping. This doll is then found at the proctor house, when Hale enters their house, ignoring their privacy he questions their faith in the church. ...read more.


climaxes, create sub-plots which add to the confusion and it allows room for twists, such as when John confesses his adultery but Liz unconsciously says he's lying. This keeps us glued to the play. The structure itself can be symbolised by a crucible getting hotter and hotter and allowing the impurities to be extracted. It puts tremendous pressure on our main characters causing more conflicts, which in turn causes, excitement, creating yet another climax. Conclusion I thoroughly enjoyed this play as it was exciting and highly emotional so I could get involved in the play and with the characters. I found myself in a position where I was unbelievably biased towards John Proctor without even realising how I'd been persuaded by Miller to side with him. This is cleverly done so you feel you have made your own choice, so you don't feel manipulated. I found the ending of the play almost unbearable as through the story I had attached myself to John and it was upsetting to see him victimised by the pride of Danforth, Hathorne and Parris. Pride and religion are what decide the fate of the play, the threat of reality crashes down harshly on the dream of a Utopia, confusing readers and characters alike. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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