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The Crucible - Heros,and Villains: Choose two characters from the play that you feel might loosely fit these two categories. Consider how Miller reveals the type of characters people are in the play.

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GCSE 20th Century Drama Course Work The Crucible Drama is often made interesting to the theatre audience by the author using characters of a certain type (Hero, Villain). Choose two characters from the play that you feel might loosely fit these two categories. Consider how Miller reveals the type of characters people are in the play. Arthur Miller was born on October 17th 1915 in New York City (U.S.A). He graduated from high school in 1932. As there was no money for university, he work for two years as a shipping clerk and in an automobile-parts warehouse in Manhattan, then he applied to the University of Michigan in 1934. He studied economics, history and play writing. When he graduated in 1938, he worked in Brooklyn Navy Yard, at the same time writing for radio. His first successful sage play was " All My Sons" which opened in 1947 and ran for 328 performance. This was followed by the even more successful play "Death of a Salesman", which opened in January 1949. In the middle of the McCarthy political witch hunt he produced "The Crucible" in 1953 a play based on historical fact it's theme is universal on the moral rights of a person in an immoral society. The play has always been play in the exact historical context with puritan clothes and similar settings. An organisation called Un-American Activities Committee was formed in 1938, under the leadership of Senator Joseph McCarthy. ...read more.


Miller was particularly impressed by the testimony that Abigail Williams when confronted by Elizabeth she stretched out her hand, immediately Abigail cried out " Her fingers, her fingers, her fingers burned". Elizabeth's husband, John Proctor, becomes the central charter in the play. He is called on to denounce his own wife, his friends and neighbours and finally himself, he goes through an ordeal by conscience, eventually accepting his own death rather that make a false confession. At the beginning of the play, you find out that Abigail Williams and John Proctor have had a sexual relationship. Abigail is in the woods at the beginning with a slave called Tituba and some adolescence girls, who are there to call the Devil. Abigail drinks blood and try's to put a spell on Goody Proctor. Her Uncle Reverend Samuel Parris sees this incident and when Parris confronts Abigail, Abigail denies everything (Act One Page 6 to 8) Parris also asks Abigail why she was discharge from Goody Proctor's services as a housemaid. Parris then points out that Goody Proctor and John Proctor rarely attend church. " She comes so rarely to church this year and John too, for she will not sit so close to something so solid" Abigail replies " She hates me, uncle, she must for I would not be her slave, it's a bitter women, a lying, cold, swelling women, and I will not work for such a women". ...read more.


(This is not in the written plat, but it has been added to the film of "The Crucible" Proctor then goes to the court to tell them about his affair with Abigail. The judges Danforth, Cheever and Hathorne called Goody wife Proctor to the stand, as she knows about the affair, when she is asked, "Has John ever committed the crime of lechery Answer my question! Is your husband a leacher!" (Act Three Page 91) Elizabeth's reply is "No, sir" that was the first time that she had told a lie. After this, John himself is accused of witchcraft as he has only been to church three times in that year. When Abigail finds out that John is in jail she steels from her uncle and bribes the guard with 30 pounds for John and herself to go to Boston, but sadly in her case John turns down her offer and unfortunately is brought to her death, now the audience see she is the real villain and who the hero is (The choice is yours) Not long, after the fever died, revered Samuel Parris was voted out from office, and was never seen or head of again. The legend has it that Abigail William's trued up later as a prostitute in Boston and died as a prostitute. Twenty years after the last hangings the government awarded compensation to the victims still living and to the families of the dead. Elizabeth Proctor married again, four years after John Proctor's death. ...read more.

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