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The play "The Crucible" was written in 1952 by Arthur Miller.

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The play "The Crucible" was written in 1952 by Arthur Miller and it was set in 1692, Salem Massachusetts. Arthur Miller wrote this play to criticize the McCarthy witch hunt trials in the 1950s which were against communism. Crucible is a "Container which melts metal". The metals are melted in a intense heat and then only the purest metals are left in intact. The tale of the play relates to one character in particular, John Proctor is tested in life threatening situations, but by the end of the play he is determined not to betray himself he has come through the fire to be purified. In the beginning of Act 2 John Proctor enters the scene coming home from work. He enters his home and he hears Elizabeth singing to the children to put them to sleep. He then continues to the fireplace and swings out a pot out of the fire and smells it, then tastes it and adds a pinch of salt as he was not pleased with the taste. Elizabeth then comes down and asks him in an angered and curious way where he has been all this time "What keeps you so late? It's almost dark" This shows that she thinks that John has been with Abigail whom John Proctor has had an affair with. ...read more.

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Danforth the judge of the court responds by asking John why he has brought Mary and why has she changed her confession "Now, sir what is your purpose in so doing? John replies by telling him that he wants to free his wife "Why, I - I would free my wife sir". Danforth then informs John that Elizabeth is pregnant and John tells the court that his wife would never be disloyal and that she would never lie that she is pregnant. "But is she says she is pregnant then she must be! That woman will never; Mr. Danforth" Even though John is surprised because John's and Elizabeth's relationship has not been good. It is significant because it shows he has faith in her. Knowing there is no other way to save Elizabeth and to prove Abigail is false John states to the court that he has had an affair with Abigail "It is a whore", "I have known her sir". He persuades Danforth that he is telling him to ask Elizabeth who knows about the affair John tells Danforth that she would never lie. Danforth then sends his people to go and get Elizabeth and asks her if there is truth in this accusation Proctor has made and asks her if there is truth in this accusation Proctor has made "Your Husband-did he indeed turn from you? ...read more.

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While this is going on Rebecca sees John and keeps asks him why he is confessing as she knows he did not commit a crime "Why John". Danforth asking Proctor the questions then asks Rebecca is she would like to survive by confessing her sins Rebecca rejects the chance to survive by saying no. Danforth then requests Proctor to sign his testimony, Proctor does not want to sign it because he does not want a bad name so he does not sign and he takes his testimony paper leaving Danforth to begging him to give it to him. In the end Proctor is sentenced to hang as a result of not giving Danforth the testimony he decides to hang because if he lies to the court he will have a bad name and will not be respected no more amongst the people. In the end of the Elizabeth and John depart with a passionate and really heart touching kiss and are united against Abigail and the court. At the start of the play Elizabeth and Proctor's relationship is very cold and bitter as Elizabeth has just discovered that Proctor has had an affair with Abigail and has forgiven him but still feels uncomfortable around him, but during the play goes on and as Elizabeth is arrested of suspicion of witchcraft Proctors love and there relationship gets even stronger as is shown in the play in the fight in getting Elizabeth back. This shows how there relationship changed from the start of the play to the end. ...read more.

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