Essay about Comparison

1019 Words Apr 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Conflict in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’

Set in Salem, Massachusetts, Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ was written in 1952, the play which successfully portrays the witch trials in 1962 as an allegory for the prosecution of communists. The play contains many conflicts set to tear apart or destroy the small community of Salem, and to cause havoc with neighboring towns. Arthur Miller gives the reader a chance to experience the dangers of hysteria in a community through the conflicts experienced by his characters in a puritan society. Conflict is a strong disagreement between people or groups that often leads to strong arguments. Various elements of the plot are woven together in such a way that we are often left on a mini cliff-hanger,
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Abigail is not honest, unscrupulous and manipulative, in strong contrast with both John and Elizabeth Proctor's directness and their struggle with issues of the choices they have to make. Her character is also a shocking contrast with the innocence of most girls. There is a powerful theatrical effect on two occasions when the audience knows that it is sheer presence that Abigail 'sees' things that no one else can see. But the naïve girls around her are affected by her and 'taken over' by her. In the court scene at the end of Act 3, her acting creates total chaos as the easily manipulated girls begin to echo her hysteria.

In addition, the scene between John and Elizabeth has a large amount of tension brought out through the awkwardness in their speech and actions. Especially as the writer is extremely descriptive in his stage directions we can see that small compliments and ‘sweet comments’ such as “I mean to please you, Elizabeth” causing Elizabeth to blush and becoming hard to accept knowing he had an affair with Abigail Williams.
In Mary Warren’s testimony, Proctor attempts to name “Abigail as a whore, mark her!” without confessing key information, When he realizes this attempt failed he bursts out with confession, but by then it is too late, matters have gone too far, and not even the truth can resolve this. The consequence of his confession only leads to his arrest and conviction as a consumer of witchcraft, although he attacks the court and its

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