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How is the end of the crucible suitable to a tragedy?

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How is the end of the crucible suitable to a tragedy? The play The Crucible is a study in the mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials, concentrating up in the prosecution. It powerfully depicts people and principles under pressure, and the issues and motivations involved. At the same time it is also clearly a parable for the events of the McCarthy era in the USA of the 1950s, when anyone suspected of left wing views was arraigned for 'Un-American Activities'. In the English dictionary among other meanings the word tragedy is described as 'an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress. 2 a serious play with an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character'. Key words: destruction, unhappy ending, main character. These keywords are all recognisable in the play 'The Crucible'. ...read more.

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But because he did perform adultery this shows what he is capable of therefore this may alter the readers view about him also this may alter the characters role he is trying to lead. JPs mistake was committing adultery with Abigail ( Former servant of JP and gang leader of the servants ) because of that mistake and being accused of witch craft JP was simply identified by the reader as being ' At the wrong place at the wrong time ' . If he did not lead these to mistakes he most possibly would have not of been hung but as he did leads these mistakes he was hung and therefore even though it was unfair it was a suitable ending. ...read more.

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He does sign his name to a lie for his children but then fails to show it the pupil 'Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!' because of this horrendous reaction to the none understanding people of the town he was hung. The end of the play is a tragedy because JP dies while the villain 'Abigail' gets away clean but only with a bad conscience. The end conclusion is that the end of the play brings more realism into it as it shows life does not always draw to a close with a good ending. Therefore it shows the play is more life like. ...read more.

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