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The crucible, Arthur Miller

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The crucible The crucible, Arthur Miller wrote the play The Crucible, using the 17th-century case of witch trials and fictionalizing it to comment on a 20th-century phenomenon the hunting of communists as if they were witches. McCarthy develops the play quite briskly and focuses the trials all around, Abigail Williams. McCarthy makes the crucible dramatic by creating dramatic actions which involves Abigail. She's one of the main characters in the crucible. She lies, twists stories which becomes a big issue in a little village where nothing interesting ever happens. The main characters in this play such as the ministers and the proctors are well developed. Their personalities and reactions to their struggles in the play are believable and intricate. However, some of the minor characters, such as the girls who played in the forest are less developed and less dramatic. Their actions do not always seem to go with the flow of things and different how real people would have acted in similar situations, which makes the minor characters less dramatic. ...read more.

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She is an orphan who lives with her uncle reverend parris. She is seventeen years old. Abigail makes the crucible dramatic because she's a static character who does not change through the play. "Let either of you breathe a word or the edge of a word about the other or I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you". This shows us the bad side of Abigail and how bad she can be. She makes the dramatic accusations which fires up people and serves the purpose to start the plot and keep it moving by introducing the idea of witches in the village to the townspeople. Abigail is cunning, conniving, and deceitful. 'I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I came near!' through this she is able to control proctor. Arthur miller makes this plot dramatic by making up accusations of witches which all turns into a big thing. ...read more.

Conclusion

Through proctors struggle, Miller displays the struggles within each of our own hearts which made the crucible very dramatic. Characterisations in "the crucible" are developed through process, speech and narration. Modern characters tend to be ordinary people, proctor is ordinary and we can sympathise with him on the whole. This is partly because it's concerned with understanding how language and culture determine our actions and experiences. Much of the weirdness comes from the way girls following Abigail by control of language. They mimic Mary, breaking her down. She loses her individuality and becomes one of them, using the language of accusation. The voice of the individual is overpowered by the language of conformity. This is very dramatic because its tens and nerve wrecking when you see Mary break down. In my opinion "the crucible" is very dramatic. The use of language, the settings and themes make the crucible really dramatic. Without these Arthur miller would not have made the crucible very dramatic. So all together I think that the crucible is a terrific dramatic play written by Arthur miller. ...read more.

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