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How Does Miller convey his Message through The Crucible?

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How Does Miller convey his Message through The Crucible?

In this essay, I will explore the message communicated through 'The
Crucible' to its audience, and the way in which its author, Arthur
Miller, attempts to convey it, especially through one of the play's
main characters, John Proctor. The main issues raised by the play are
the role of the individual within society, the value of one's name and
perceptions of justice and truth. I shall endeavour to expand on all
of these topics and their relevance to the play.

Miller chose to write about a small settlement called Salem, in what
was (at the time the play was set) the 'New World', North America. He
had previously read a book entitled 'The devil in Massachusetts' by
Marion Starkey, and took an interest in the subject. He soon
discovered parallels between the problems faced by those who were
accused of witchcraft all those years ago, and those having to answer
charges of Communism or affiliation with Russia or her allies in any
way, in his present day situation. As in the story, the American
authorities had in thei...


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... life. However he
reduces himself to doing so, yet when he is asked to sign his
confession - on paper - he breaks down. Comprehending what he had
done, he retracts his statement, as it were, and exclaims 'Damn the
village, I confess to God'.

Still, many of the characters can not understand why Proctor will not
'give them this lie' Hale asks, 'what profits him to bleed…Shall the
worms declare his truth?' But Proctor, it seems has been raised to a
new level, above, beyond. An example to us all? For surely, 'He have
his goodness now'.

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