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The Play the Crucible is set in New England, a melting pot in which peoples characters are put to the ultimate test.

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Introduction

The Play is set in New England, a melting pot in which peoples characters are put to the ultimate test. A Crucible is a melting pot in which metals are melted together to form a pure metal. Miller's characters represent these impure metals from Danforth's eyes, as he came to determine Abigail's accusations. Miller allows the reader to see how it was believed that the Bible should be interpreted in one way. This belief made sure that if you interpreted the bible wrongly, you would then have to undergo a thorough investigation. But the investigation Danforth underwent, interpreting if Abigail's accusations were true or false was not thorough enough as his misinterpretation led to innocent deaths. In the beginning of the play we can already see that the characters are already being put to the test. ...read more.

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Well Proctors character gets toyed around with and tested in act 2 by Elizabeth Proctor his wife. She has never lied but she loves her husband so much that she will lie for him, when she is asked by Danforth if Proctor has ever committed the crime of "lechery" (adultery), she tells a lie and says "no, sir". This tests Elizabeth's character by making her do something she has never done (tell a lie). This test proves to the reader that she loves her husband so much that she will go to the extent of do anything for him, even something she has never done before. "Why, then, it is not as you told me," Elizabeth proctor toys around with Proctor in the beginning of Act 2, slowly making him admit to her, that he committed lechery (but he doesn't say he does). ...read more.

Conclusion

The questioning of Proctor during this Act allows the reader to get to grips on Proctor's character. So in the contrary Miller constantly put his characters through the process of trying to purify them and make them become perfect in Danforth's eyes but had a massive turn around in the end of it all and resulted in death, "take his shame away," we have seen how much proctor didn't want his name to be spoilt for his children, what more proof is needed to show the reader that this is a man who loved others more than himself and . He refused to sign away his name and decided to die a man with a good name. Nothing could have changed his mind he had decided on keeping his name. Miller may have formed his pure metal but his crucible had a hole in it and this hole allowed some metals to escape so I guess it wasn't fully a pure metal. ?? ?? ?? ?? Miles Monge10/28/09Literature Coursework ...read more.

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