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The Crucible

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The Crucible For my coursework my objective was to write a detailed explanation on the book The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller was born in New York in 1915. He grew up in poverty, he worked as an errand boy (delivery boy) in the mornings before going to school where he didn't make himself known and later left but wasn't rich enough to go to college however he earned enough to enter the University of Michigan where he managed to maintain himself throughout by various jobs. He graduated in 1938 and made a living by writing radio scripts and he did a number of ' desk drawer plays' however, The Crucible (1953) was acknowledged as a classic of the modern theatre. Another well-known play by Arthur Miller is Death of a Salesman, which was released in 1949. The Crucible was about the witch-hunting trials in Salem Massachusetts in 1692. Due to this horror 20 people were hung and many more emotionally shocked by the events that occurred at that time. ...read more.

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Although it would appear that John is trying to stay on good terms with Elizabeth, he does make a remark on his relationship and how it is patchy, I think this because he says " It's still winter in here yet", now although he is indicating that it is actually winter in the area, he is also indicating the relationship that he has with Elizabeth is still cold. This indicates to me that John Proctor is a stubborn man given no speaking his mind yet he is capable of tenderness, especially to women. John Proctors language throughout the play is simple, direct, and colloquial; its dullness occasionally livened by a hint of humour yet his language is capable of effectiveness and courageousness against his oppressors. Elizabeth Proctor is less complex than John yet she is still more than a mere embodiment of goodness. She is gentle, devoted to her husband and children even though the children don't need to be brought into the play to show this, as it is obvious that she cares for them because in the very beginning of act two, when ...read more.

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This may be an attempt by John Proctor to dishearten Abigail but most probably to no avail. Proctors attitude towards her makes it clear that we are here to see her as divided, Proctor is moved to pity at her confusion yet he is still determined to expose her for her false accusation of accusing John Proctor of associating with Satan. The Abigail that remains towards the end of the play is convincingly human and yet a frightening character but her disappearance from the play after act three is an indication of Millers unwillingness to make her as crucial a character as he first intended. A crucible is a pot in which metals are melted down, usually in order to purify them by separating out baser elements that have become mixed with them. Using this as the title, Miller implies a concern with a process of purging by fire. This is a familiar metaphor for mans spiritual improvement as a result to a period of great strain and temptation, thus it identifies the spiritual development of John Proctor as the plays central theme. ...read more.

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