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In Act One of 'The Crucible' how does Miller prepareus for the tragedy to come?

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In Act One of 'The Crucible' how does Miller prepare us for the tragedy to come? In the beginning of the play 'The Crucible' Arthur Miller uses various techniques to for shadow what would happen. Set in 1692, Salem, Massachusetts, the play is about a witch-hunt in the small town. In act one, a group of young girls have been caught dancing in the forest. A few of these girls fainted in shock, and the entire town suspects there are witches among themselves. Some of the girls who danced started accusing certain people of witchcraft, resulting to more and more accusations and mass hysteria. In this first act, Miller uses a combination of language tools to hint us for the tragedy to come. Miller uses the theme of fear to foreshadow what would happen. ...read more.


These signs of fear not only shows her fear of Parris, it also suggests that Abigail has a reason to be afraid. She may be afraid of her of Parris finding out something he does not know, which is revealed as her conjuring of spirits later in the play. Parris also show signs of fear. He explained that his 'ministry is at stake' as he tried to convince Abigail to tell him the truth of what happened. Again, Miller is using this fear to suggest that something bad would happen. Miller also uses the theme of suspicion to set the scene of what would happen. Reverend Parris suspects Abigail is not telling him the truth: '...I know you have not opened with me.' This suspicion is shown a few more times in Parris's conversation with Abigail: '...for God's sake tell it to me.' ...read more.


The exaggerated superstitious behavior of all people is Salem also suggests something bad would happen. Miller uses superstitious bigotry of people to show the overreaction and the hysteria people are in. 'The rumour of witchcraft is all about;' as Abigail explains to Parris. The 'Devil', 'spirits' and witches are often mentioned and blame on. According to Putnam, 'The Devil may be among us'. These people of Salem are overly superstitious, and they take what they believe as reality. This will suggest to audiences of less religious faith that there is an overreaction to what has happened. Miller uses this overreaction to show that things will go wrong. In conclusion, all of the ways in which Miller uses to show of the tragedy to come are all suggesting the way the characters think. There is always too much of different of an emotion. There is too much superstition, too much fear and too much suspicion. The overflow of negative emotions in the characters will suggest to the audience that something bad would happen. ...read more.

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