The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1546 Words Nov 20th, 2014 7 Pages
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is an intriguing work because of its attributes of being a tragedy. Miller’s story, about the Salem Witch Trials shows the mayhem and ridiculousness of the Trials. The play follows Abigail Williams on her journey of getting revenge on people while saving herself by accusing others of practicing witchcraft or working with the devil, causing horrible actions to occur. Williams ends up getting her way in the end, and revenge is sought at the cost of many people’s lives. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, is a work of tragedy because the play features many important attributes of an archetypal tragedy, which include, fate, a tragic-hero, which in this case is John Proctor and a martyr, Giles Corey, and a significant loss of innocence which occurs in the character of Reverend Hale. The first reason that The Crucible is considered a tragedy is because of fate and it’s involvement in the story. Fate is officially defined as “a power that is believed to control what happens in the future” (Merriam-Webster). Throughout the play, the characters blame events and occurrences, such as the girls in the woods, or Betty’s illness on a higher power. The higher power they are referencing about is either the Church or the Devil. Many are believed to be associated with the Devil and do the “Work of the Devil”. Some of these people include, Tituba, Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Ann Putnam, and many more. The first person that is associated, and accused of working with…

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