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How does Miller explore different kinds of conflict at the end of ‘The Crucible’, do you think it is a satisfactory ending?

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How does Miller explore different kinds of conflict at the end of 'The Crucible', do you think it is a satisfactory ending? Arthur Millers play 'The Crucible' is, on the surface, a play about a real life historical event that took place in the small American town of Salem in 1692. A mass hysteria gripped the town because of accusations of witchcraft and compacting with the devil. This led to many innocent people being hanged. However, some people believe that if you look deeper into the play you can see clear parallels with 1692 Salem and 1950's America. After the end of the Second World War most of Europe was devastated and left trying to recover. This left the USA and the USSR as the two dominant superpowers, both of these heavily armed nations were extremely scared of the other attacking them and so came an arms race to try to beat the other side. Diplomatic relations between the two powers broke down and widespread fear of communism took over the USA. So began the 'Cold War'. ...read more.

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Miller shows this by having Proctor go to court to try and prove the girls liars. He brings Mary Warren into Court saying, "She never saw no spirits". He also has conflicts with judges Haythorne and Danforth. On page 113 he says "I speak my own sins, I cannot judge another. (Crying out with hatred)" The stage directions for this quote clearly shows this conflict. These conflicts are all of one particular type, conflicts with other people, except for the conflicts with Judges Haythorne and Danforth who could also represent Proctors conflicts with Authority. Reverend Hale has a conflict with Proctor because he believes that Proctor should sign the confession to live and not die for his pride. At one point he shows his anger at Proctors decision to tear up his confession says "Man, you will hang! You cannot!. A lot of characters especially Proctor have conflicts with authority. Proctor has a huge conflict with the courts and also the church, although the two are very close together. This is where Miller uses him to explore his own conflict with McCarthyism and his own experiences before the House Un-American Committee. ...read more.

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In the end she does not help him and he must do it himself. This may show how alone you could feel when being questioned about your "Un-American Activities" in 1950's/60's America. In the end of the play Proctor is hung for not confessing or naming names. This ending solves many of the conflicts in the play. It solves all Proctors conflicts with people and authority and also other people conflicts with him. However it could spark of new conflicts within people such as the girls who faked the whole thing and must be wondering whether they should have said something before people were killed or whether to say something now. I think Miller is using his characters to show us different conflicts in society and the problems with people and how they can do things they ordinarily wouldn't to gain an advantage or to escape trouble. He also uses the conflicts to show problems with high authority and how they could collapse if they were revealed to be wrong about serious things like the witch trials. I think Miller is trying to tell us something we should all probably learn from. ...read more.

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