Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1038 Words Feb 26th, 2016 5 Pages
In early Greece, Aristotle thoroughly believed that every drama should contain a beginning, middle, and end. Later, the Roman, Aelius Donatus, expanded this into what is presently known as the dramatic structure of a five-act play. In this structure, every act has a defined purpose: the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. Shakespeare later made this dramatic structure famous for years to come. Although a four-act play, The Crucible incorporates all of the components that are associated with a five-act play.
Written by Arthur Miller, The Crucible reveals a tragic story of love, lust and jealousy, dedicated to the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s. In the play, Act One sets the stage in Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1692 with the introduction of characters, serving as the exposition. The exposition allows the audience to become knowledgeable of information that is detrimental to understanding the extent of the drama. The audience learns that Abigail is the antagonist with John Proctor being the protagonist, while also being made familiar with characters such as Hale, Parris, Putnam, and Tituba. In normal five-act dramatic structures, Act One consists of only the exposition, but Miller not only implements the exposition as he also introduces the beginning of the rising action. In the five-act dramatic structure, the rising action is typically in the second act, incorporating actions that lead the audience to the climax. However, the…

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