Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1060 Words Oct 5th, 2014 5 Pages
Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Proctor utters these lines at the end of Act lV when he is fighting with his conscience over whether to confess to witchcraft and thereby save himself from the gallows. The Crucible is a very interesting and powerful play. There are a lot of different actions that happen and most of the time you will be surprised with what happens. The Crucible is a fictional retelling of events in American history surrounding the Salem Witch Trials of the seventeenth century. Arthur Miller wrote it in the early 1950’s. The Salem witch trials took place from June through September of 1692. The Crucible has a lot of propaganda in the story. Some of the propaganda that are found in the Crucible are, stereotypes, bandwagon, and fear. Stereotypes have a huge part of the story; stereotypes are a thought that can be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things. Some stereotype found in the Crucible is when Martha Corey is accused of witchcraft because she predicted that her neighbor’s pigs would die, people in the village thought she sounded crazy and since she predicted that, she must have been a witch. Another example of a stereotype is if the people in the village dance, or listen to music, that means that they are…

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