Analysis Of The Dramatic Structure Of The Crucible Essay

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Analysis of the Dramatic Structure of the Crucible
During the 1690’s, when America was still prospering, and growing, an event that occurred, which shook the very foundation of Massachusetts, left a scar that still impacts modern day America. Written by Arthur Miller, The Crucible is a historic tragedy that revitalized the controversial and captivating event known as the Salem Witch Trials, in a four act play. Utilizing the Three-Act structure, that Aristotle believed every poetry or drama must have, and the Five-Act structure, which is very prominent in Shakespearean plays, Arthur Miller creates his own structure of plays.
Taking place in Salem Massachusetts during 1692, the scene is set at Reverend Samuel Parris’s home, a villainous man, who has a distaste towards children, and believes that everyone is out to get him. During this scene, we are first introduced to the main antagonist of the play, Abigail Williams, who has just returned from the forest after being seen by her uncle, in the midst of the conduction of “rituals,” with a number of girls from the village and Tituba. Her cousin, Betty Parris, has be in a state of comatose, and has not waken since they were seen. There’s now rumor of witchcraft in the village, and paranoia begins to set in. After being accused of causing Betty to go into a comatose-like state, Tituba is questioned, having to poach for her strength of religious affiliation to god, and reveals that the devil has asked her for a favor. She exclaims…

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