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The Crucilble - Miller shows several characters who are faced with difficult moral choices. They are changed by the experience and the audience go through catharsis watching them. How does millers treatment of moral issues add to the drama?

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Miller shows several characters who are faced with difficult moral choices. They are changed by the experience and the audience go through catharsis watching them. How does millers treatment of moral issues add to the drama? In this essay I will write about how Arthur Miller, director of "The Crucible" uses moral issues in the play to add to the drama and the thrilling scenes throughout the play. Every character in the play is faced with at least one or more moral issues, I will look at the main characters issues and explain how it adds to the drama. In the play we see the events of the Salem trials in Massachusetts and we see exactly what the characters get up to and what issues face them throughout. The play was written in thought of the more recent events of the time in which it was made. Arthur Miller wanted to show the people what came of passing blame onto other people to try and get them to think right and treat people correctly. In 1938 the House un-American Activities Committee Organization was made; it had the power to investigate any movement or person who threatened the safety of the state. They looked for people who agreed with communism in the 1940's. America and the USSR were fighting, America was helping Korea to keep the freedom. America was worried that communism would spread to there land and that capitalism would be destroyed. ...read more.

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I think Proctor is a courageous, fearful man in his own way. He can see through the whole situation and see what exactly what is happening, unlike most other people who seem to believe whatever the gossip is. Proctor makes a strong decision to give his life to show the people that there isn't a devil in anyone, he wants them to see this, he says that he was the only person that was with the devil and he didn't see anyone with the devil. (page 112) -danforth- "did you ever see her with the devil?" -proctor- "no." -danforth- "did you ever see her sister, Mary Easty, with the devil?" -proctor- "no, I did not" -danforth- "did you ever see Martha Corey with the devil?" -proctor- "no I did not" In the end Proctor gets hung and loses his life to save Elizabeth and other people of the community. Everyone is shocked at what has happened, and is more than confused why Proctor has died because of his view in the town, of being a lawful citizen. Abigail Williams also has moral problems in the play, and probably causes the most trouble throughout the play. She has to keep on lying to the court to keep her life and to try to kill Elizabeth so she can have John. Abigail is the most immature girl in the play when it comes to common sense, she can't see why she should stop, she is loving the attention and can't stop the accusations. ...read more.

Conclusion

When they are in the group they follow whatever Abigail says, they don't want to stand out and tell the truth because of their fear of Abigail. They follow everyone's actions in the court scene when hysteria takes over. We see a much different personality in the girls by themselves, they open up more and tell what they think to people they trust more. Mary Warren is the best example of this when she comes home to the Proctors' house after she has been to the court, she tells John and Elizabeth exactly what she thinks and what she has seen. But as soon as the hysteria breaks through she doesn't stand out any more and she is overpowered by Abigail and the girls. (page 87) -Mary- "let me go, Mr. Proctor, I cannot, I cannot" As we can see moral issues add great gripping drama to the play. It is almost a type of irony in some ways. We can see what people are thinking when characters in the play can't. The fact that everyone can come forward and tell the truth at any time adds very good drama to the play. Everyone has there own issue that they are trying to cope with, and trying to get solved while not being accused. The play is very good, and it shows a great outline of the society in those days in the 17th century related to the McCarthy trials in America. All in all I think that moral issues add a great deal of drama and that Miller has composed the play in a very good way. ...read more.

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