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In some sense, 'The Crucible' has the arrangement of a tragedy,

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´╗┐Ejiro Ighoraie The Crucible The Crucible was written in 1952 by the writer Arthur Miller. It is a story of 'witch-hunts' which occurred a lot during the 1950's. Throughout the play, Arthur Miller has talked about characters facing severe tests that have made them question their own self. It shows the extreme surprising occurrences which were often being caused by what they thought was the devil or his cohorts. The inscrutable sickness fears of witchcraft were happening and it was not long before the girls, and many residents began to accuse other villagers of associating themselves with devils and casting spells. Old grudges and jealousies spilled out into the open, making the atmosphere very tense. A lot of the residents were either forced to give in and live or lie and be put to death by being hanged. In some sense, 'The Crucible' has the arrangement of a tragedy, With John Proctor as the play's tragic hero. John Proctor is an honest, upright, blunt-spoken person, however he is a very good man. The fatal flaw of him is the lust for Abigail Williams which led to an affair (this happened before the play begins). This caused jealousy of his wife, Elizabeth, which sets the entire witch exaggeration within the community in motion. Of all the major characters throughout the play, Abigail is the least complicated. She is sort of the villain in the play. ...read more.

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Arthur Miller also uses the language as a benefit for the effective of the play, Miller uses language to effectively set the period and the tone for the play. The language brings an approach of something out of the King James Bible, but somehow makes it universal to modern day, and the stage directions being out an approach of making the play more effective to both the actors and the audience. In court, Proctor has an outburst of truth and attack on Abigail. Abigail's reaction to this, is that he is lying about what he is saying, she tries to manipulate the court room into believing what she is saying. 'Abigail: Mr Danforth, he is lying!', later on, she then makes it up that she is seeing a bird up on the ceiling, and she gets the rest of the girls to go with her lying, to make it look as though there is witchcraft going on right before there eyes. 'Abigail, with a weird, chilling cry, screams up to the ceiling', 'Abigail (unperturbed, continuing to the 'bird'): Oh, Mary, this is a black art to change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it's God's work I do.' Here is where she really starts to manipulate people, and lie. The language that Proctor uses to describe himself is not like his prideful ways. ...read more.

Conclusion

'Abigail (unpertubed, continuing to the 'bird'): Oh, Mary, this is a black art to change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth' it's God's work I do.' I think that Proctor revokes his confusion because too much has happened, he has cheated on the woman that he loves and the woman that loved him so much to put her name to save his back 'Proctor: She only thought to save my name'. So to put an end to his confusion there was only one thing to do to put an end to it. He chooses to end his life by not confessing to a lie even though it would mean that he would be hanged, he knows this, and this is a way that was easy to revoke his confusion. When thinking about 'Because it is my name', I think it means that in the book, eventually Proctor meets his tragic death and this puts all the other characteristics of himself together to make a very tragic hero. Proctor was going to confess to witchcraft but when it came to loosing him name and sacrificing his friends for something he had not done, he refused to confess. Proctor decided not to confess a lie even though he was going to be hanged. This, in my opinion is done in act four when proctor says'..because I lie and I sign my name to lies. I cannot live without my name; I have given you my soul leave me my name.' ...read more.

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