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The Crucible is a dramatic play set in the 1600s, written by Arthur Miller in 1953.

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Charlotte Newall 20th Century Drama Coursework - 'The Crucible' Introduction The Crucible is a dramatic play set in the 1600s, written by Arthur Miller in 1953. The play is set in what Miller described as one of the strangest and most horrific chapters in human history, the Salem witchhunts of 1692. The parable of mass hysteria and superstition, draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witchhunts and the McCarthyism which terrorised America in the 1950s. It tells the story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, bringing a violent climax, the savage attacks and persecution of individuals in a court of powerful authority by cruel false accusations. ...read more.


The scenes I will be commenting on in detail, are in Act Three. These are probably the most important scenes in the whole play, and create a very intense atmosphere, in terms of the audience. Curiosity is also created as the scenes unfold, and a lot of unexpected things are happening. The act begins in Salem General Court. John Proctor and his servant Mary Warren enter the court. Proctor announces to the judges that his servant has sworn a statement 'that she never saw no spirits'. The Reverend Hale who also suspects deceit supports him by telling the court that Abigail had always struck him false. ...read more.


She is unable to declare her husband as a lecher. This begins to condemn him. Mary Warren tells the court that Proctor has said that he will murder her if she does not undermine the court and save his wife. Proctor says this is because he knows Abigail's intentions, motives and of her cleverness. The reason is merely because Abigail wants Proctor for herself, and will be as ruthless as she can in getting her own way. This particular scene starts in the courtroom. Judge Danforth is the key mover of this scene. Miller gives him a lot of lines and he comes across as a powerful, controversial man, with lots of authority about him. Therefore on stage he should be positioned higher above all of the other actors, this will suggest Danforth's position to the audience. ...read more.

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