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The Truth of Reverend Hale during The Salem Witch Trials in "the Crucible,” by Arthur Miller - The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials. In the beginning of the play, Hale enters as a strict law abiding citizen enjoying his position of power and his ability to make the decisions in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller] 543 words
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Fear in Salem, Massachusetts and "The Crucible" - What do you fear in our twenty-first century society. Terrorism, inequality, losing your home, or injustice. Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century feared injustices among the government. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. This era of history is known as the Salem Witch Trials. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores the Salem Witch Trials while following the lives of several individuals. The fear and mistrust among the seventeenth century Salem society can be directly related to today’s twenty-first century society....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Crucible, ] 732 words
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The Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... When Reverend Hale arrives at Salem, he goes to see what is wrong with Betty. Quickly, Hale concludes that witchcraftery is likely the cause of Betty’s sickness, but he is not officially sure. While Hale was inspecting Betty, Giles Corey, an old landowner, asked Hale a question. Giles was curious about why his wife was reading strange books at night and how it had interrupted his prayers. Later on Hale asks Abigail if they were conjuring spirits, she then says that it was all Tituba's doing....   [tags: hysteria, grudge, foes, trials] 1048 words
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The Crucible and The Salem Witch Trials by Arthur Miller - ... They sold everything they had and moved to Brooklyn. As a teenager, Miller would have to deliver bread every morning before school to help out the family. Yet, despite living in poverty, Miller made the best out of his childhood. Since money was an issue, Miller had to find other activities to keep him busy. In school Miller was one of the schools best athletes and participated in many school activities. Having to live in this type of poor lifestyle is what influenced his passion to make a difference in his plays....   [tags: great depression, world war II] 871 words
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The Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible, and McCarthyism - The Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible, and McCarthyism Historical Overview and Brief Analysis Amidst millenniums of debate, argument, and conflict concerning racial prejudges and those issues which surround their implementation, there has consistently existed a certain historical prejudice regarding various stereotypical ideas for those things which people cannot understand or explain logically. While more contemporary examples of such circumstances include concepts such as McCarthyism, it is generally accepted that the most classic example of all such social tragedies based on fear and ignorance is that of the colonial era's Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: Arthur Miller McCarthyism]
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Comparing The Crucible and Salem Witch Trials - The purpose of my paper is to compare and contrast Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with the actual witch trials that took place in Salem in the 17th Century. Although many of the characters and events in the play were non-fictional, many details were changed by the playwright to add intrigue to the story. While there isn’t one specific cause or event that led to the Salem witch trials, it was a combination of events and factors that contributed to the birth and growth of the trials. Some of these events included: a small pox outbreak that was happening at the time, the revocation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter by Charles II, and the constant fear of Native attacks....   [tags: comparison compare contrast 2014] 1432 words
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The Salem Witch Trials: The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... Elizabeth, responded on Page 67 delicately, “Adultery John”. John Proctor of course has lusted and betrayed the trust of his beloved wife this only caused them to push away from each other very awkwardly. The relationship statues of Proctor and Elizabeth quickly change from distant and awkward to a protective mode. While Abigail and her group of friends have so much control and power over who is accused and not accused Elizabeth Proctor’s name happens to be mentioned in court. Mary warren who is a servant for John and Elizabeth Proctor warns that Elizabeth's name was mentioned in court in order to save herself from a whipping by John Proctor....   [tags: puritans, elizabeth proctor, innocent people]
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Salem Witch Trials in Arthur Miller's Crucible - In Arthur Miller’s Crucible, eight girls from Salem face a dilemma. The eight girls were in trouble because their uncle, Parris, who was a minister, saw them dancing in the forests unaware of who was keeping an eye on them. Uncle Parris believes that the girls’ dancing is the cause of one of the youngest girls, Betty, sickness. Betty was believed to be in a coma right after the girls’ dancing in the forests. When the girls were questioned about why they were dancing in the forests, selfishly, they blamed anyone they thought of and hated and accused them of making them drink cow blood (Act 1; Page 19) and sending their spirits at them(The Mary Warren incident from Act 3; Page 114 – 115)....   [tags: American Literature]
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Ergotism, Hysteria, and Disorders Detected in Salem - ... The affected women experienced an inner conflict which was explained by the ministers as a struggle between good and evil. As to the physical symptoms: the fits, trances, and paralyzed limbs, among others, Karlsen attributes them to the afflicted girls’ actual fear of witches as well as the idea that once they fell into an afflicted state they were free to express unacceptable feels without reprisal. The swollen throats, extended tongues, and eyes frozen in peripheral stares were manifestations of the inner rage they felt toward society; they were so upset they literally could not speak....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible]
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The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible - Telling lies, making false accusations, having suspicion, betraying others and creating fear in others are just some of the factors that caused McCarthyism in the United States. Named after Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism is the false accusation of someone being a communist. Numerous playwrights are recognized as an allegory for McCarthyism. Arthur Miller, born in 1915, was one of America’s greatest writers for his diversity, his courage, and the influence that he has made on readers all around the world....   [tags: Communism, Play]
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Comparing the McCarthy Hearings and McCarthyism with The Crucible Witch Trials - Throughout the history of mankind, the misapplication of power, marring of souls have been a part of life. How does this affect us, why does it happen. Human emotion plays a major role in prejudice and the politics that surround it are evident in today's society. Many things can define persecution. No matter how it is defined, it is a tragic event. About three hundred years ago, the witch trials of Salem were a hot topic. Two young girls deceitfully accused a slave, Tituba of witchery. Soon, callous accusations flew and the joke became a sad, sad reality....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples] 732 words
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The Dramatic Intensity of The Crucible’s Courtroom Scene - The Dramatic Intensity of The Crucible’s Courtroom Scene In this assignment I am going to investigate the Dramatic Intensity of The Crucible’s courtroom scene. I am going to do this by exploring the language used, how the characters develop and how Arthur miller unfolds the plot to keep the reader interested and how emotion and feelings dictate the movements of the play. The Crucible is set against the backdrop of the mad hunts of the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. It is about a town, after accusations from a few girls, which begins a mad hunt for witches that did not exist....   [tags: The Crucible Witch Trials Arthur Miller Essays] 4472 words
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Comparing the McCarthy Hearings and McCarthyism with The Crucible Witch Trials - The Contrast of the Salem Witch Hunts and McCarthy Hearings Does history repeat itself. Lots of people think that the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s are a repeat of history from the Salem witch-hunts of 1692. All of the accusations were false, and also fictitious. The main reason people were blamed was so that ones who were condemning would receive their own personal gain. Both parties (McCarthy and the girls in Salem) accused people to make themselves look better to others and gain respect. They both gained respect from others, which was something they did not have a lot of, especially the girls of Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples] 1106 words
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Comparing the the Red Scare and Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Arthur Miller’s The Crucible utilizes a fictional account of the Salem Witch Trials to expose the mob mentality associated with the Red Scare of the 1950’s and the sometimes overzealous fight against communism in America. By references to the events that took place in the Witch Trials, the playwright successfully portrays society’s behavior at its tyrannical worst, exposing fraud, faulty logic, vindictiveness, zealotry, and evil (Brater). Arthur Miller creates a parallel between the societal events of mass in the 1600’s and those in the 1950’s....   [tags: comparison compare contrast 2014]
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Arthur Miller's Comparing of Similarities in The McCarthy Era and The Salem Witch Trials Illustrated in The Crucible - “She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave. And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it, I set myself entirely in your hands.” John Proctor says this to Danforth in the movie “The Crucible,” which is a fascinating, and disturbing story based on an important event in history. This event was the Salem Witch Trials. The author Arthur Miller wrote this story in response to the major event the McCarthy Era....   [tags: American History, Red Scare] 1005 words
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Character Analysis of Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Character Analysis of Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller In the late sixteen hundreds, the fear of witchcraft was a major concern amongst New Englanders. Arthur Miller’s book, The Crucible, tells the story of a town’s obsession with accusing innocent people of witchcraft. All the accusers were young females who claimed they were attacked by demonic specters. Members of the community supposedly sent out these evil spirits, but in reality, the girls were doing it as sport....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witch Trials Essays]
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Explain John Proctor's Struggle with his Conscience - Explain John Proctor's Struggle with his Conscience Conscience The conscience, the knowledge of right and wrong that affects actions and behaviour; the senses of guilt or virtue indeed by actions, behaviour etc. An innermost thought. (PH English dictionary) John Proctor has a terrible struggle with his conscience, particularly towards the end of the play. John proctors conscience is tell him that he shouldn't give into the pressure of the court, that he should stand proud and not tell the court lies....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials The Crucible Essays] 1725 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials were a prime part of American history during the early 17th century. During this time, religion was the prime focus and way of life within colonies. This was especially true for the Puritan way of life. Puritans first came to America in hopes of practicing Christianity their own way, to the purest form. The Puritans were fundamentalists who believed every word transcribed in the Bible by God was to be followed exactly for what it was. The idea of the devil controlling a woman and forming her into a Witch was originated from people’s lack of awareness on illness, disease or simple hysteria....   [tags: puritans, religion, the crucible]
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible: An Attack on McCarthyism? - In 1692, a group of girls living in Salem Massachusetts fell ill. Suffering from seizures and hallucinations, in extremely religious Puritan New England, the only cause seemed to be the work of the devil or his servants. The sickness ignited fears of witchcraft, and it was only a matter of time until not only the girls, but many other residents of Salem, started accusing other villagers of conspiring with the devil, and casting dark magic. By the August of 1962, nineteen people were executed by the Massachusetts government and judicial system, who were heavily influenced by religion....   [tags: communists, allegory, witch trials]
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The Depth of Human Evil in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller - The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is an intriguing novel about the witch trials in Salem during the 17th century. During the Salem witch trials, innocent people were accused of being witches just so that others could take their land and farms. The main protagonist, John Procter, stands up against the corruption and greed that has infested the very heart of Salem, and tries to overthrow Abigail Williams, a corrupt young maiden who blames and kills the accused witches. This novel explores the depth of evil in human nature through these main characters John Procter and Abigail Williams....   [tags: English Literature, Salem Witch Trials] 878 words
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Arthur Miller’s dramatic play The Crucible, takes place during 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. The setting is important because it takes place during the time of the Salem Witch Trials. The play begins with the town’s girls, led by Abigail Williams, gathering in the forest and starting to dance around a fire, chanting. Reverend Parris catches them dancing, sending the girls into a panic and causing two of the girls to go into a coma-like state. The townspeople spread rumors that there are witches lurking throughout the the town that have put the girls under their spells....   [tags: Salem witch trials] 738 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Arthur Miller based The Crucible upon the seventeenth century witch hunts that took place in the community of Salem – a small Puritan colony near Boston, Massachusetts. At that time Salem was a theocracy in which Christian moral was interpreted by the citizens as supreme. Miller this play as an allegory for Senator Joe McCarthy and his notorious “Red Scare” hearings of the twentieth century which accused many high-profile Americans of being dissident communist. In both situations people were being accused of heinous crimes with not much proof....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Analysis] 802 words
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John Proctor, a Character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - John Proctor is a quiet man who has a secret that will turn into his downfall. Even though he has a family and owns a farm on the outskirts of town, he fails to keep his morals straight and eventually falls victim to his own lust. Because of the lust between John and Abigail, she starts a witch-hunt so hopefully she can have John all to herself, and get herself out of trouble. The hunt causes John to forget his pride and sacrifice himself for his family and his friends. By doing so he shows the whole village of Salem what it means to be a Puritan....   [tags: Salem, Witch Trials, Lust]
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The salem witch trials were a crucial part of the 1600’s at some point. As many people know, several people were put to death because of the trials. Judge Sewall, being in an important state of power decided what would happen to the people who were being accused. Miraculously, Judge Sewall’s journal was found which contained several entries that involved the Salem witch trials. In Judge Sewall’s apology, he admits his wrong doing of putting an end to the lives of innocent people. Sewall writes that he recognizes his cruel injustices in several ways....   [tags: Salem witch trials, story analysis] 597 words
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Essay on The Crucible: Motivations for the Trials - Motivations for the Trials in The Crucible       In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods. However, there were other factors as well, such as Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors held against each other, and the physical and economic differences between the citizens of Salem Village....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]
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Examples of Crucibles in Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible" - A Crucible is a container that can withstand great amount of heat, such as one required for refining gold. It can also mean a severe trial. In the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, severe trails occur throughout the play, not just in the courtroom but also in people’s homes and souls. I believe Arthur Miller named his play “The Crucible” because it shows the trials and hardships people face within themselves, the courtroom and Puritan society. An example of a Crucible is a trial or battle someone faces; it could be within themselves or with others....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, titles,] 665 words
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The Crucible Critical Review - The Crucible is a famous play written by Arthur Miller in the Early 1950’s. It was written during the “Red scare, when McCarthyism was established. Many anti-communists wanted to prevent communism from spreading just like in The Crucible many wanted to get rid of witchcraft. Many would accuse others of witchcraft in order to not be accused just like many would accuse people of communism. In The Crucible witchcraft would be punishable by death. Many were scared to be accused; therefore many would admit practicing witchcraft in order to save their lives....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 725 words
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Life in Puritan Times as Shown in "The Crucible" - Imagine living a life full of hypocrites, but those same people are supposedly Godly Christians. Living in the Puritan times was not always easy. These people were Christians that were punished for making a single mistake, only to be humiliated when a wrongdoing occurred. In the spring of 1692, witchcraft hysteria swept the entire town of Salem, Massachusetts. This caused twenty people to be executed and 150 others were placed into jail. An estimated one to nine million Europeans were accused of being witches....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 873 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Analyse the ways in which Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. I will explore the certain aspects of Abigail’s personality and how it is an important role in portraying her reasons for her actions. I will also analyse the ways in which Abigail’s personality changes through the progression of the play. I will sum up which points have a bigger effect on her intentions and motivations and the effect she has on the characters of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1712 words
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The Great Witch Hunt - Humanity had gone through a number of challenges that tested our beliefs and morals throughout history. In 1692, our humanity was tested in a significant manner when the Great Salem Witch Hunt erupted on the puritans of colonial America. Fear spread among the people and the drive to get rid of the bad was strong, causing many innocent people to be killed. These type of events repeats itself throughout the course of time. It is as if we humans are oppressed for a certain amount of decades and then once fear takes root in our society, we act harshly upon it, as if releasing emotions of desire for personal freedom....   [tags: Salem, Massachussets witch trials] 849 words
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‘The Crucible’ as an Allegory for McCarthyism - ‘The Crucible’ is an allegory. An allegory is a story with an obvious meaning but if you look deeper into it, there is another meaning. In this case, the obvious meaning is the Salem witch-hunt and the hidden meaning is McCarthyism. McCarthyism started in the early 1950’s and it was governmental accusations with no evidence. Joseph McCarthy started doing trials on those he thought were communist, but he had no evidence for it. This is the same as the witch trials in The Crucible. Arthur Miller wrote this in response to McCarthyism....   [tags: allegories, Crucible, authur miller, McCarthyism,,] 993 words
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The Crucible Play Analysis - Arthur Miller's title for 'The Crucible' could be argued to be derived from from the name of a small piece of chemistry equipment used to melt and combine substances, a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new, but especially a place or occasion of severe test or trial. The play is seen as a metaphor for the Salem community which was made up of many different, conflicting events. The events which transpire cause and allow many of the characters in this enclosed space to change....   [tags: arthur miller, the crucible, Salem] 894 words
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Human Nature Illustrated in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, focuses on the inconsistencies and injustice of the 1692 witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts. The restrictive Puritan society of Salem in the 17th century was based upon religious intolerance, where faith was demonstrated through physical labour and by strict adherence to religious doctrine. Material, physical and sexual desires were considered the Devil’s work and a threat to the very fabric of society. In summary, it is said that Puritanism discouraged individualism on all levels....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 700 words
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Hale in The Crucible - Imagine that you are an actor and have been asked to take on the role of Hale in The Crucible. Discuss how you would like to portray your character on the stage. Imagine that you are an actor and have been asked to take on the role of 'Hale' in 'The Crucible'. Discuss how you would like to portray your character on the stage. Choose two scenes to focus on, which you believe are important in showing you characters personality. I have been asked to play the part of 'Reverend John Hale' in a stage production of 'The Crucible'....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1365 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials Have you made no contract with the devil. No. Why do you hurt these children. I do not hurt them. I scorn it. Who do you imploy then to do it. I imploy no body. What creature do you imploy then. No creature. I am falsely accused. Dialogue based on the examination of Sarah Good by Judges Hawthorne and Corwin Even though Sara Good claimed that she was wrongly accused, the judges did not take her word for it. Instead they trusted the testimony of children, children who had no proof or evidence of any kind....   [tags: Papers] 1060 words
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Religion's Precedence Over Realism in Depicted in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Sometimes people are so narrow-minded that they do not see the whole picture. People see what they want to see because they cannot handle the actuality or do not like the truth. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Danforth refuses to come to the truth that the witch trials in Salem were the result of a cover-up, and that the court hung a handful of innocent people because of a lie. Miller once said, “The tragedy of The Crucible is the everlasting conflict between people so fanatically wedded to this orthodoxy that they could not cope with the evidence of their senses.” In other words, the tragedy of The Crucible involved the theocracy’s failure to control Salem’s witchcraft mania....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 623 words
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Why the Play is Called The Crucible - Why is the play called the Crucible. Webster and his book the dictionary defines a 'crucible' as, 'A container in which metals are heated, involving a change. A severe test or trial.'; Author Miller in his play, uses the title 'The Crucible' as an analogy for the situation. The actual container- the crucible, is the town of Salem Massachusetts. The contents of the container are the people of Salem, the emotions and feelings of these people are what change. The events that take place in the town are what fuel and heat the people's emotions and are what affects their actions....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 518 words
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Symbolism in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Symbolism in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Many literary works have been produced that symbolize other periods of time or certain events that have occurred throughout history. One example is the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. There is little symbolism within The Crucible, however, the play can be seen as symbolic of the paranoia about Communism that pervaded American in the 1950’s. Several similarities exist between Miller’s depiction of the seventeenth-century witch trials and the time of the Red Scare....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 597 words
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The Crucible - Was The Mass Hysteria Necessary? - In The Crucible, there was a lot of senseless behavior. The purpose of The Crucible is to educate the reader on the insanity that can form in a group of people who think they are judging fairly upon a group of people. Judge Hawthorne believes what he is told by certain people is the truth even if little evidence is to be shown. The young girls with Abigail convince Hawthorne of others being witches so that Abigail can get what she wants, John Proctor, also so that Abigail does not blackmail the girls....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1029 words
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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Miller captured the paranoia and hatred of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials and made a controversial reference to his own society's Witch Hunts during McCarthyism in the 1950s. In only 146 pages, Miller told us the stories of the lives of John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams and others during the 1692 Witch Trials in Salem Massachusetts. The quiet Salem community was living happily in their own sleepy world, until several local girls fell ill and their sickness was blamed on witchcraft....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1313 words
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The Role of Reverend Hale as a Catalyst in The Crucible - The Salem witch trials of 1692 was an event that shaped the history of this country, as well as the lives of those whose wives and husbands were condemned to death. In order for such an event to occur, there must be a set of people who catalyze the event, and others who speak out against it. In “The Crucible”, certain characters help contribute to the rising hysteria of witchcraft, and others contribute to the disapproval of so many wrongful convictions. Reverend Hale is a character who actually contributes to both sides....   [tags: The Crucible] 565 words
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The Role of Vengeance in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Throughout the endurance of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, vengeance plays a prominent role in the actions and fates of various characters. In many ways, vengeance fuels the need for retaliation. Disputes among neighbors has bred hatred and then witch trials brought out the vindictiveness of Salem's population. This leads to the deaths of many citizens in Salem by false accusations to the court. Citizens of Salem were utilizing the court system as a means of "extermination" for people who had interests or beliefs, that were contradictory to their own....   [tags: the crucible] 1150 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller is a play that takes place in the late 17th century during the famous yet tragic witch trials. It is a story that contains the many struggles that came about as a result of the strict Puritan setting. Miller's depiction of the Salem witch trials deals with a community that starts out with a tightly knit and church loving façade. However, once finger pointing at the witches began, the community starts accusing each other. Hysteria and hidden agendas broke down the social structure and it became necessary for everyone to protect themselves from the people that they thought were their friends....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 641 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible by Arthur Miller Every great playwright has his or her time in the spotlight, for Arthur Miller it is believed this time came when he created The Crucible. The play is based on the corruption of the Salem witch trials which condemned many to an unjust death. Numerous amounts of criticism and interpretations were published to help the reader visualize a clearer picture of the play and understand what was happening during that period of time. The setting of language and the force of evil along with a review on hysteria and ideology and finally and interpretation on the devil in Salem can all be discussed in The Crucible as well as in this paper....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1106 words
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Tension in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Tension in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Though 'The Crucible' is set against the background of the Salem witch trials in 1629, it reflects the McCarthy anti-communism trials of 1950s America. The citizens of Salem (Massachusetts) had Puritan beliefs and were very religious. Due to their strong Christian beliefs, there was a great fear that people could form compacts with the devil and they even believed witchcraft and supernatural events really existed. Arthur Miller describes the mass hysteria which hit Salem to establish to the audience the vulnerable, narrow-minded personalities of the characters, by their height of paranoia and level of anxiety....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 986 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible by Arthur Miller Pandemonium runs rampant, and suppressed children cry out witch. Scenes such as these from Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, provides a fictional depiction of the infamous 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, witch trials. During the play, the entire community suffers from the mass hysteria that starts with a few young girls dancing in the woods. When the girls are inflicted with abnormal illnesses and problems, the community assumes that witchcraft is involved. After many accusations, trials, and executions, the community's hysteria finally ends....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1289 words
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The Crucible - Character Responsibilities - The Crucible was a revolutionary play which clearly depicted the Salem Witch Trials and what went on in the lives of the individuals in Salem. Some of these people were convicted of being a witch, some were not, and some were somehow connected to those being convicted. Despite the fact that everyone played some part in the Witch Trials, there are three key people who are mostly responsible for the mayhem. Overall, the three people that was most responsible for these trials would be Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Deputy-Governor Danforth....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 974 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The film The Crucible, based upon Arthur Millar's thought-provoking play, captures the audiences attention as they are lead from misguided but seemingly harmless beginnings through to a mass hysteria which culminates in a climacteric ending. The Crucible details the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 which victimised the townspeople through their own weaknesses as a society and resulted in the hangings of accused witches. The ending shows the true nature of characters revealed, forgiveness, loss of power, strength within ones self and the disintegration of order....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 918 words
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Salem witch trials - Salem Witch Trials: Casting a spell on the people Today, the idea of seeing a witch is almost inconsequential. Our Halloween holiday marks a celebration in which many will adorn themselves with pointy black hats and long stringy hair, and most will embrace them as comical and festive. Even the contemporary witchcraft religious groups forming are being accepted with less criticism. More recently, the Blair Witch movie craze has brought more fascination than fear to these dark and magical figures....   [tags: essays research papers] 1920 words
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a thought provoking tale of the madness of the Salem witch trials. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods, which led them to rebel against the society they lived in. However, there were other factors, such as Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, who was a married, well respected farmer of Salem; the secret grudges that neighbours held against each other, and the physical and economic differences between the citizens of Salem Village....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1498 words
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