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The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play set in Salem Massachusetts in the year 1692 when a witch hunting frenzy swept over eerie town like a plague of locusts on crops of land. The Crucible is based on real historical records, it focuses on the madness that possessed the small village, which eventually caused many innocent lives of Salem villagers to be tried and hung for crimes they were accused of but did not commit. All this madness began when a group of teenage girls were caught secretly dancing in the woods which was known as the Devils Forest. A simple misunderstanding soon became an uncontrollable disaster leading to false accusations and unnecessary deaths. Despite being set in the 17th centaury, Arthur Miller compares the harsh times in Salem with the uncontrollable madness of McCarthyism which was happening around the time he was wrote The Crucible. The idea of people being wrongly accused and suspected of communism is somewhat heavily reflected in the play itself. My essay will concentrate more on the first few acts of the play and weather its actually sets the scene and felling of a corrupt small town where the belief of witch craft is everywhere. I agree that Arthur Miller engaged the audience to a large extent, and he also manages to get across a historical story at the same time and prove a point. ...read more.

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However as the play developed he was one of the two people who could see sense in the whole situation. Towards the end of the play many characters became undistinguished as good or bad. Arthur Miller also makes the play very frustrating and annoying at some points. The fact that know one in the play could come to the conclusion that this was all a hoax concocted by some teenage girls trying to save themselves from being hung, and also the fact that only John Proctor and Reverent Hale could see through the girls and actually truly know what was going on, even though it took them a while to figure this out. An example of this would be John Proctor's reaction to Abigail stumbling in with a needle in her stomach, claiming that John Proctor's wife is a voodoo witch. "Why she done it herself I hope you aren't taking it for proof, Mister". Abigail did this to get back at John Proctor, but the audiences are led to believe that she did this to herself. All of this would make the audience very frustrated and angry, and would make us start to blame and damn other characters that completely ignore the most obvious things. It makes me slapping those kinds of characters round the head, its like one day you find that your chocolate cake has been eaten and there are two suspects, one of is wearing clean clothes and has clean ...read more.

Conclusion

Towards the beginning Mary and Abigail have an argument about what they should do about the accusations of witchcraft. "What'll we do? The village is out! I just come from the farm; the whole country's talkin' witchcraft! They'll be callin' us witches, Abby!" From the text it is clearly obvious that Abby is not going to give up or turn herself in. It's also interesting to see how different relationships develop as the plot unfolds. For example, the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor goes through almost unrecognizable changes. At the beginning of the play we see there relationship very bitter and cold, almost love-less. On the first introduction of the two characters together this coldness is portrayed to us with Proctor's declaration of his only intent to please Elizabeth and Elizabeth's cold acceptance. However at the end of act four Elizabeth opens her heart to John and wishing for him to confess and live so they could raise there unborn child together. In the end I think there is not one person we can point the finger at it was many. People like Abbey, trying to save herself and taking many innocent lives just to get be with John Proctor. Judge Danforth for being blinded by his own ignorance and not seeing that Abigail was not a sweet little innocent Puritan girl but instead was the devil that walked among the twisted people in an eerie town in Salem Massachusetts. ...read more.

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