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The Crucible is a study of Power and Manipulation, select any three characters and discuss this idea.

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The Crucible is a study of Power and Manipulation, select any three characters and discuss this idea. The Crucible was written 1950s America by Arthur Miller. Miller strongly opposed the crusade by Senator Joe McCarthy, against people he perceived to be communists. Many of these people were playwrights, actors, actresses and movie producers etc. This period of American history reflects a conflict between the USA and the Soviet Bloc, differing opinions on how you should live resulted in fear of other ways of life. This fear bred prejudice and anxiety. People were encouraged to report anyone they suspected of having different political views to those of the establishment. Miller used all of these ideas and events to base his play the crucible on, it centres itself around Salem village in 1692, when the community was gripped by acquisitions of witch craft. ...read more.


John brought his servant Mary Warren with him, and then he declared to the court she never saw no spirits, 'She never saw no spirits '. John has used his power to bring Mary to court by threatening her. Reverend Parris tries to discredit Proctor, 'They've come to overthrow the court. This man is...' said Parris Mary continues to say it was a lie which causes concern to parries as it reads (In a Sweat). 'Excellency, you surely cannot think to let so vile a lie be spread in open court!' says Parris. Parris: 'Such a Christian that will not come to church but ounce in a month'. This is a theocracy, religious run society. Which means the church sets the rules. Parris also accuses Proctor of ploughing on a Sunday and Proctor replies that he doesn't consider Parris a good reverend. ...read more.


To be mistrusted, denied, questioned.' She continues: 'Let you beware, Mr Danforth, think you so mighty that the power of hell may not turn your wits.' This means it could happen to you too. Suddenly she feels cold wind and her eyes glance at Mary, the other girls follow, they claim witchcraft and becomes out of control, Abigail cries to heaven 'Oh heavenly father take away this shadow.' Proctor launches himself at Abigail 'how do you call heaven! Whore! Whore!' Proctors admission of adultery shows Abigail to be not the innocent girl that she was. Proctor has also blackened his name. This signals the end of the play, the truth has come out and Abigail has nothing to barter with. Parris has been exposed to be a liar, Proctor has admitted to his sexual relationship. Position and status within so enables people to use there power to manipulate others; Parris tries to manipulate the court while Proctor is an unfortunate victim of an oppressive of society. ...read more.

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