Crucible Language

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Language in ‘The Crucible’ The language Arthur Miller uses throughout his play clearly depicts the time in which he wanted the play to echo.  Miller’s style was very simple; he knew that to capture the deep history of the time he had to commit himself to re-capture the way in which the people spoke to detain the truth in his writing.  His use of sentences and the way he structures them are also very simple, however with using such a simple style of writing he does not take away any elements of suspense within the plot. Miller does not include anything in the play that is not required in order to convey his ideas to the audience.  To the reader, it appears that Miller’s main focus is of characters and stage direction; it is noticeable that each character has their own particular mannerisms and way of speaking which enables them to be uniquely identifiable in terms of power and status. His stage directions are written in great detail, often through great lengths of narration to ensure that he conveys each character and their actions precisely which ensures that no room for misinterpretation of character is left open.         We become known to Miller’s use of narration through the first couple of pages of the play where he does not cease to establish the setting of the first scene, specific words are used to make the setting clearer to the audience such as instead of simply describing a window to the left he writes’ There is a narrow window to the left’.  The history of Salem is also described within these pages to make sure that the reader has background knowledge of the plot and the events which lead up to them. Arthur also tends to interrupt action within the play
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to convey his ideas in more detail before the action commences; this is effective as it gives us an apt idea of what is really happening as well as constantly getting the audience to question their perception of character.         Miller’s diction is formal and easy to understand, as mentioned he differentiate characters and the power they hold through their vocabulary; and example of this is seen on page twelve of the text when Reverend Parris is speaking to Abigail, “Abigail, is there any other cause than you have told me, for your being discharged from Goody Proctor’s service?  I have ...

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