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How is truth represented Through dramatic methods In The Crucible?

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Jason Defreitas The Crucible: 18/02/2002 How is truth represented Through dramatic methods In The Crucible? Is truth reliable? Everybody has different perceptions of truth and what is represented by it. Truth is different where ever you go. People's version of truth is never fully correct. Miller uses The Crucible to express his own views on what was happening in America at the time-McCarthyism he uses John Proctor, as he is interested in the person who doesn't allow him to be caught up in hysteria but thinks for himself and stands up for his values against all odds. Miller uses the Salem witch-hunt to put forward his views on McCarthyism-the hunting down and prosecuting of any Americans who were thought to have taken part in anti-capitalism. Miller himself was brought before the committee led by Joseph McCarthy. Miller saw the public confessions required by the committee, as parallels with the naming of names at Salem in 1692. History is evidence from people views on past events; again this cannot be taken for pure truth. Does this mean the truth can never be found or be totally correct? Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible from evidence in history that he collected; elements of the truth have been changed. Arthur Miller uses five main methods to represent truth; these are Imagery, Dialogue, Dramatic Irony, Staging or Setting and Character profile. Dialogue is a main method that can be used to show how truth is represented as the play is written with very little in the way of movements and directors have the dialogue to base their plays around. ...read more.


Truth is changed in a cycle or a ring of people as people give others their opinion of the truth and rocks are made in a cycle and are changed during it. Another image related to truth is a book once a book has been written and finished it cannot be tampered with. It can be written over like the lies made up by people hiding the truth. The book as it was meant to be written can never be changed just like the truth. The cover of a book is strong and holds the book together along with its spine. Again this is like the truth it is held together and made by what has happened. "The light of God is in him", this shows he is pure not evil and the audience can imagine it. If God is in you, you cannot be evil. "Wheel inside Wheel" this is meant as an image of Salem, the people of Salem influence or move others inside Salem to do things they wouldn't normally do. This shows truth, as it is Salem as a whole pushing people on. Dramatic Irony is used in The Crucible. The audience see what is going on and then they see the characters lie about what the audience know is true. The audience see Paris praying next to Betty and the audience realise something is wrong, later on Paris denies any thing has happened and the audience know this is not true. Dramatic Irony represents truth and is used when the audience know some of the characters are lying to others. ...read more.


But I will cut off my hand before I reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched Abby." His emotional scene with Elizabeth shows how he tries to do the best by her but fails: " 'I'll not have your suspicion any more" Elizabeth says "then let you earn it". Miller believes that society is never an excuse for our failings, and that we are responsible for ourselves, and Procter is constantly willing to stand up and be counted, to live up to his name except that human weakness and guilt sometimes drag him down. This weakness and guilt make him easier to identify with, he is not perfect, but flawed In the final act Procter struggles with his final decision he makes up his mind with difficulty but believes his final decision is correct. What happens in the play The Crucible can be linked to September the 11th in America. Religion was used in a bad way to kill harmless and innocent human beings in The World Trade Centre. Lies were told by Relgous people to make others belive them about how America was so bad. This is clearly an abuse if over power. "Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" This is a quote by Arthur Conan Doyle. This says that if you clear away all the lies and decivement of other what inevitably remains is the truth By Jason Defreitas (A.K.A) J Dufray ...read more.

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