The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay example

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Crucible is a fictional retelling of events in American history
surrounding the Salem witch trials of the seventeenth century, yet is
as much a product of the time in which Arthur Miller wrote it, the
early 1950s, as it is description of Puritan society.

At that particular time in the 1950s, when Arthur Miller wrote the
play the American Senator McCarthy who chaired the ‘House Un-American
Activities Committee’ was very conscious of communism and feared its
influence in America. It stopped authors’ writings being published in
fear of them being socialist sympathisers.

Miller was fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials and that human beings
were capable of such madness. In the 1950s the
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It starts in the courtroom when Abigail screams out,
terrified of something on the rafters. It ends near the end of page
93, when the girls are imitating Mary.

I chose this scene because not only is it the climax of the entire
act, I feel that it is a significant scene that brings many key
aspects of the play together.

For example, at the start of the play Abigail is portrayed as a
threatening girl who has control over a situation and other girls. In
my selected scene, it shows that Abigail is now not only able to
control her peers, but she has succeeded in persuasively controlling
the rest of the courtroom.

Just before the scene starts, Elizabeth Proctor denies her husband
being a lecher, not aware that her husband John has already confessed
to it. The technique of dramatic irony is being used by Miller here
because the audience knows that John has already admitted to having an
affair but the characters i.e. Elizabeth, does not. This means that
the court knows that Elizabeth is lying, which isn’t a good thing
because before Elizabeth entered the courtroom, John swore that his
wife would never tell a lie. By denying her husband having committed
adultery it puts Mr. Proctor’s integrity into question as well as Mrs.

Only Hale believes him that he is lecher and that Abigail Williams
seduced him and she is out to try get her revenge on…

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