Analysis Of ' The Crucible ' Essay

1411 Words Dec 6th, 2015 6 Pages
The Crucible Lens Analysis
Nine critical approaches are utilized when analyzing a piece of literature in order to appeal to a variety of critics. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible can be interpreted from numerous approaches, but one lens that is unmistakable throughout is the psychological criticism. From a psychological standpoint, one gains access to the mindset of both the author and the characters within. In addition to this, the reader also acquires a greater understanding of the motivations, behaviors, and mental state that each character possesses. Through psychological criticism, one can obtain information on a character’s motivation, the likelihood of their actions, and which behaviors are consciously made.
Early on in the play, it becomes apparent that there are countless motivating forces behind each character’s behavior during the Salem Witch Trials, which occurred in 1692. The idea that emerges is that it is every man or woman for themselves as attempts to escape witchcraft accusations by accusing others become increasingly more common. For example, a young girl named Abigail Williams exclaims. “I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand,” (162; Act One; lines 1052-1054). Abigail has no intention of turning to God, but she instead realizes that the only way to protect herself was if she alters the truth. Clearly, Abigail is solely taking her own well-being…

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