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Language in 'The Crucible'

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Language One aspect of 'The Crucible' that is really Important is the way that Arthur Miller writes, and the language that he has used. His style is rather simple, with simple sentence structure on the whole, and quite simple vocabulary, he wanted to keep everything simple in this way in 'The Crucible', to prevent focus being taken away from the plot and the problems that the characters were facing with each other. So Miller does keep it all simple, however at the same time Arthur Miller has managed to create his own dialogue. Being set in 1690's, it would be natural for the people of Salem to speak old English, but he knew that to write an effective play that people of a modern world would have to understand all that is said, and for this reason he created a unique language of his own, that sounds quite like old English, but is easy to understand. ...read more.


Abigail to John Proctor her sentences are less thought out, as she rambles a little, quite repetitive as she keeps repeating 'I know you', and more fragmented, which shows less education but more deep emotion. The lines have been written in such a way that the tone compiled with the character can be quite contrasting, such as the later example of Abigail having a moving tone, but her character just becoming deceiving. One thing that Arthur Miller does not really rely on, which many other play writes such as Shakespeare rely on is imagery. There are a few cases of imagery in this play, used alongside figurative language. An example of imagery used is part of the statement that Abigail made to john Proctor saying "I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I came near!", ...read more.


Verbal irony is another device used by Arthur Miller in 'The Crucible', an example of this is in Act 3 when Elizabeth knows, and the audience know that she knows, that Proctor had an affair with Abigail Williams, however in the court she denies that he did, and says Abigail just disappointed them with her work at their house and that was why she was put out of her job. Abigail Williams also uses verbal irony each time she says there is a spirit attacking her, like in Act 3 when Mary Warren claims that the girls had all been lying, Abigail draws away attention by claiming there is a spirit in the room. The audience all know that there is no spirit, but other than Proctor who sees straight through her lies, the characters on stage do not know whether she sees anything or not. ...read more.

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