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Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Throughout society and throughout literature, vulnerable communities under certain conditions can be easily taken advantage of by a person or group of people presumed innocent. In the play, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, there are three main factors that allowed the girls fallacious stories to be believed: Salem’s flawed court system, its lack of diversity in beliefs and religion, and the lack of a strong leader in the town. Although Abigail and the girls initiated the accusations, the responsibility lies with the entire community....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays] 797 words
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Witchcraft in the Salem Village and The Crucible - Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. A hysteria over it was caused by a group of girls. (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning. (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few have tried to use it. (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village hysteria was a major event in United States history, which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 998 words
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Fear of Witchcraft as Metaphor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Fear of Witchcraft as Metaphor in The Crucible     The Crucible uses fear of witchcraft in the America of the 1600s as a metaphor for the fear of communism that was widespread in America in the 1950s. Arthur Miller wished to show that the attitudes and behaviour of the villagers of Salem were as irrational and ill-founded as the attitude and behaviour of the committee chaired by Senator McCarthy. Essentially Miller uses the 17th century setting to provide critical distance between the events described and the emotions that they aroused....   [tags: Crucible Essays]
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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller - In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how a repressed Puritan town in 1692 can be turned upside down when the threat of witchcraft is taken seriously. The Puritans believe the forest is where the Devil lurks, and they are fearful of the Devil. So when Parris, the town of Salem’s Reverend, catches a group of girls dancing and magic spirits in the forest, the town suspects that some sort of witchcraft is being practiced. The girls deny this accusation initially and Abigail, Reverend Parris’s niece, blames Tituba, a slave from Barbados....   [tags: crucible, arthur miller, puritans, witchcraft] 1349 words
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Wily Witchcraft - The Crucible, penned by Arthur Miller, a four-act dramatic play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in a small Puritan village of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behavior. The play opens with the reader finding out about a young girl who is inert in her bed. The villagers automatically suspect witchcraft. However, they do not know that all the girls in the village sneaked out to the woods the night before where they made a potion to let them have the man they love....   [tags: Crucible, Arthur Miller, Salem, witchcraft, trial]
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Creating Tension and Drama in the Courtroom in The Crucible - Creating Tension and Drama in the Courtroom in The Crucible The crucible is about a mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. A group of young girls are caught dancing in the woods and are suspected to of been calling out to the devil. Strange things begin to happen around the local village which are then suspected to be the work of the devil. Everyone in the village is to appear in court and faced with a death sentence. This fantastic and extremely tense play is written by Arthur Miller....   [tags: The Crucible Tension Witchcraft Essays] 2803 words
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The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible In the 17th century a group of Puritans from England immigrated to America to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The white settlers arrived in New England in 1620, and Salem, Massachusetts had been in existence for about forty years by 1692. Salem developed as a theocracy. This was based on the coexistence of religious prayer and hard work. Entertainment, such as dancing, or any enjoyment at all was perceived as a sin. The isolation of the Puritan society created a rigid social system that did not allow for any variation in lifestyle....   [tags: The Crucible Witchcraft Arthur Miller Essays] 3010 words
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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 - The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, which resulted in 19 executions, and 150 accusations of witchcraft, are one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. They began when three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began to have hysterical fits, after being discovered engaging in forbidden fortune-telling (not dancing naked in the woods) to learn what sorts of men they would marry. Betty's father, the Reverend Samuel Parris, called in more senior authorities to determine if the girls' affliction was caused by witchcraft....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays] 4275 words
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The Theme of Justice in The Crucible - The Theme of Justice in The Crucible The crucible was set in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. The play is based on true facts about events that actually took place. It is about a small secluded town that relies strongly on their religion to keep them feeling safe. Their enemy is the devil and they are always scared of the devil and constantly looking for signs that the devil is there. “We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house.” The fear of the devil gets so strong the town’s justice system take strong actions to keep everyone safe....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays] 3123 words
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Dramatic Tension in The Crucible - Dramatic Tension in The Crucible The play, ‘The Crucible’, illustrates how people react to mass hysteria created by a person or group of people, as people did during the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s and the Salem witch hunts of 1962. Many Americans were wrongly accused of being Communist sympathizers. The activities of the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to be linked with the witchcraft trials that had taken place in the town of Salem. This provided Miller with the catalyst to write ‘The Crucible’....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays] 4276 words
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Salem Witchcraft Trials vs. the Crucible - Salem Witch Craft In 1962 the penalty of witchcraft was to be hung or smashed. There was a big outburst of witchcraft and spells that were going around among the people of Massachusetts in 1962. Some of the women of Salem began the witchcraft many people started to catch on and fallow them. A lot of these people were hung do to what the bible said about the wrongs of witchcraft. When these women of Salem Massachusetts started to do witchcraft and pass it on to other people they were put on trial for their actions, which at the time was, illegal....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 2045 words
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Modernizing The Crucible - Modernizing The Crucible Imagine you are a director who has been asked to direct a modern version of The Crucible. Decide on how you would make the play modern and the kind of setting that you feel is the most appropriate for conveying the themes of the play. In your discussion, you should deal with what you feel are the main themes of the play that you want to focus on and how the setting will enhance and even add depth to what you have to say. Firstly, I feel that in order to make the play as modern as possible, the play has to have a feel which all of its viewers can instantly identify with, as well as being realistic when compared with current world events....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays] 654 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is about the Salem witch trials and how people react to hysteria created from the fear of witches. In the play, after hysteria breaks out, the Salem government starts persecute and hang people it believes are witches. This prompts people to start to accusing people of witchcraft. Some people who accuse others of committing witchcraft are Abigail Williams and Thomas Putnam. They do not accuse people of witchcraft to stop witchcraft, but for personal gain or to hurt others....   [tags: salem, hysteria, witchcraft]
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Indians aren’t the only “things” that run rampant during the 17th century; in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, rumors of witchcraft spread contagiously throughout colonial Massachusetts. Dogmatic, ignorant, and fearful, the Puritans gave in to their suspicions and accused innocent women of being witches. The irony of this was that not only did the mobs harass these innocent women, but these women also accused one another, with one “witch” blaming another “witch” to divert the attention of the pitchfork wielding, torch bearing mob to another ovary bearing victim....   [tags: arthur miller, witchcraft, witches] 785 words
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Reverend John Hale in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, gives a glimpse into the infamous witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The play opens after a group of girls has been caught dancing in the woods by the town minister, Reverend Parris. When one of the girls suddenly becomes stricken with an unusual disease, the first assumption is witchcraft and John Hale is brought in. Hale, an expert of witchcraft, is called to Salem to discover the evil behind the girl’s affliction. But the longer he remains in Salem, the more he asks himself: Where does the true evil reside in Salem....   [tags: witchcraft, evil, investigation] 1302 words
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Everything Explained in the Bible in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible - ... “She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris’s house tonight, and without word nor warnin’ she falls to the floor. And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out. …And demandin’ of her how she come to be so stabbed, she testify it -were your wife’s familiar spirit pushed it in” (74). Abigail employs this devious plan at Reverend Parris’ house at the time of supper and causing lots of fear into people to believe it was someone’s transform themselves and hurt an innocent girl....   [tags: puritan, religious, witchcraft] 812 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Arthur Miller’s literary work, “The Crucible” focuses on historical and social influences that brought about the witch-hunt hysteria that affected Abigail, one of the main characters. Between the 15th and 18th centuries witch-hunts were a big deal. Cruelties were being performed. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller he explains in a fictional story what all these cruelties were. Innocent people were being accused. Abigail did most of the accusing in the story. The witch-hunts were a big impact in history....   [tags: Historical, Social influences, Witchcraft]
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Good and Evil in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... When Reverend Hale comes, you should proceed to look for signs of witchcraft here (28-29)." After her arrest and conviction, Rebecca continues to be a pillar of the community, but this time, the community is falsely accusing innocent people. "Against you. Against him and all authority. Why, then I must find it and join it. He does not mean that. He confessed it now. I mean it solemnly, Rebecca; I like not the smell of this "authority. " No, you cannot break charity with your minister. You are another kind, John....   [tags: innocent, witchcraft, religion]
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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 True Tragic Hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor - The true tragic hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor A tragic hero is a noble man who commits a fatal flaw. The hero’s downfall is a result of their choices which leads to a punishment that exceeds the crime. “The difference between Proctor and Willy Loman is enormous; the former is the rather typical tragic hero who is defiant to the end, the latter is trapped in submission and is living a lie” (McGill 4). John Proctor is one of the main characters in The Crucible. he is married to Elizabeth Proctor and they live in Salem....   [tags: salem, hero's downfall, witchcraft]
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The Puritan and Persecution Predicament in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the 1692 Salem witch trials. Arthur Miller tells the story of John Proctor; A man who is trying to save his wife and friends from wrongful accusations of being witches. He also tells the story of a misguided court whom are innocently accusing people of witchcraft in Salem. Within this play, Arthur Miller highlights main themes that occur during the trials. The Salem witch trials created many innocent deaths. In his play, Arthur Miller shows the two main themes on why the Salem witch trials caused so many deaths....   [tags: Hysteria, Witchcraft, Wrong Accusations]
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A Town in Salem, The Crucible was Written by Arthur Miller - The Crucible is based around a small, religious town in Salem, Massachusetts. The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller around the theme of the Red Scare. Like the Red Scare, people were falsely accused of committing crimes against the people, however, unlike the Salem Witch Trials, the Red Scare was secular and focused around the Russian dictatorship. During The Crucible justice, integrity, and mass hysteria are all key themes. Justice in Salem was determined by accusations of being the devil's servant, the church held all the power, and an appeals system was non-existent....   [tags: justice, witchcraft, innocent]
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Good Versus Evil in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... Putnam accused Rebecca's spirit of 'tempting her to iniquity,' a charge that had more truth in in that Mrs.Putnam could know" (26). This shows that Rebecca was an easy scapegoat. They can easily accuse her for something that she didn't do. Mrs. Putnam saw that her daughter accused her, so she decided to accuse her too. It shows that they were just naming people, so that their story appeared real. Rebecca was taken to jail and they wouldn't let anyone see her. Francis said, "For murder, she's charged....   [tags: witchcraft, lying, accusations ]
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Jealousy creates Conflict in the Crucible by Arthur Miller - “Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others. In the Crucible, Arthur Miller uses various conflicts to illustrate the concept of Jealousy. Conflict; along with other key emotions it presents itself numerous times through out this storyline. From Abigail to Putnam, conflict arises in all the characters and helps to tie in with the theme of the trials. One of the most important conflicts that transpire is between Abigail and John, and Abigail’s jealously towards John’s wife Goody Proctor....   [tags: jealousy, witchcraft, trials]
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Abigail Williams of The Crucible - Abigail Williams is manipulative and wants everything to go her way. She is the main character and causes trouble everywhere she goes. The Salem Witch Trials is about hearings and prosecutions of people who were accused of witchcraft. In The Crucible Abigail is a no good villain. Abigail first commits adultery with Elizabeth’s husband. Later on Abigail begins to accuse innocent people of doing witchcraft which causes them to die. Abigail Williams uses the Salem Witch Trials to put out all the resentment she has toward everyone....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]
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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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Fear and Manipulation in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Fear and Manipulation in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Fear holds a great control over any mortal human-being through daunting and restricted words, most commonly seen while anyone is under pressure. While being controlled over fear, you may come to realize that you are being manipulated to the possibilities of a threatened punishment and may also be mislead by lies. Arthur Miller’s classic novel, The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, where a lot of times fear would be used to control anyone to blame another of witchcraft....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Crucible]
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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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John Proctor's Change for the Better Depicted in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, several characters are tested with their own crucible. One such character is John Proctor. His test was a relatively common test: to choose between what is morally right, or wrong. We are told that, prior to the beginning of the play, John Proctor and Abigail Williams, his previous house servant, had an affair behind the back of Elizabeth Proctor, John's wife. Now that the affair is over, John must prove himself worthy of Elizabeth's trust and love, and must try to redeem his good character and to be a good Christian....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 616 words
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible: A Defense for His Communist Friends - Arthur Miller was an American author who was born in 1915. He wrote ‘the crucible’ in 1953 during the McCarthy period when Americans were accusing each other of pro-communist beliefs. Many of Miller’s friends were being attacked as communists and in 1956; Miller himself was brought before the House of Un-American Activities Committee where he was found guilty of beliefs in communism. The verdict was reversed in 1957 in an appeals court. The crucible was written to warn people about the mass hysteria that happened in Salem and how the McCarthy period could follow the same route....   [tags: Arthur Miller, communism, crucible,] 2106 words
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Arthur Miller's Purpose for Writing The Crucible - Parallels between Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, and his article Why I wrote the Crucible, can easily support Miller’s reasons for writing this classic play. Miller’s purpose in writing both the play and the article was to emphasize the similarities between the 1692 witch hunt and the 1950’s Red Scare. Miller simply wanted to convey the message of fear over reason, express himself in a new language of old English, to warn of mass hysteria, and most importantly compare his life in the 1950’s to the irrational trial in 1692....   [tags: the crucible] 873 words
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The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is a play about the connections between sinning and paranoia, hysteria, and religious intolerance. The people of Arthur Miller's Salem in 1692 would consider the very idea of a private life unorthodox. The government of Salem, and of Massachusetts as a whole, is a theocracy, with the legal system based on the Bible. Moral laws and state laws are the same and someone's personal life must obey these moral laws, or that person represents a threat to the public good....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 544 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 and the McCarthy Era - Arthur Miller's The Crucible, depicts the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 but is analogous to the McCarthy trials of the 1950s. In both situations, widespread hysteria occurs, stemming from existing fears of the people of that particular era. The Salem witchhunt trials parallel the McCarthy era in three major aspects: unfounded accusations, hostile interrogation of numerous innocent people and the ruination and death of various people's lives. The unfounded accusations that Joseph McCarthy and the girls in The Crucible make are what fuels the widespread hysteria in both situations....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 500 words
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Why Is The Crucible So Called - How is 'The Crucible' appropriately titled. The word 'crucible' is used by Arthur Miller in his play as a metaphor. The first definition of the word crucible is: a melting pot especially for metals. In the play this is first acknowledged during the first act, as we gradually piece together the information concerning the girls dancing. The 'kettle' viewed by Reverend Parris mirrors a crucible. We are told that the girls had made a brew which contained a little frog and blood is therefore viewed by the characters involved as a potent, fearsome mixture and this signifies the beginning of the Salem tragedy....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 2259 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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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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Justice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Justice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller The question that I have chosen is Question 5, What do you think this play has to say to the audience about Justice. After a summary of the Crucible I shall answer that question. The Crucible, a historical play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in the small Puritan village of Salem in the colony of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials, as Miller explains in a prose prologue to the play, grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted interference in other affairs as well as a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behaviour....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1976 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Salem was a very religious society, which had been established in 1652. Salem was compared to Jerusalem, which is considered to be a holy society. Therefore this indicates that religion was a major issue in Salem. Religion played a vital role in the life of Salem people. If people were seen as non-religious, they were persecuted. Salem had a lot of restrictions because of the strictness in their religion. For many hundred of years through out Europe, there was a belief in witchcraft....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 3012 words
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The Crucible - Introduction The Crucible – It can withstand extreme conditions. While heating metals in it, the impurities come up to the surface and the pure substance can be obtained. It basically helps in separating pure and impure substances. Link – In Miller’s play, the character of John Proctor is tested. Eventually he decides to sacrifice his life, rather than betray his beliefs. In 1953, at the time the book was written, the Second World War had just ended but still there was a clash of democrats ands communists....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 911 words
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Interesting Facts of the Crucible - Interesting Facts of the Crucible The Interesting Facts of The Crucible Was The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, just an “irrational fear?” (Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: Fact & Fiction Par.1). The panic of Communism during the Cold War and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist hearings on February 3, 1953 led to this “irrational fear.” There are several major differences from the true version of the story and Miller’s version. These differences could have made the whole event much more interesting and eerie....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 644 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible by Arthur Miller "Societies often tend to suppress individual freedom in order to maintain social order" 'Examine the key characters and their beliefs in The Crucible in the light of this statement' A crucible is a vessel in which metals are heated, melted down and purified. The play 'The Crucible', by Arthur Miller shows a community, which ignites and burns with the accusations of witchcraft, mass hysteria and retribution. Set in the small town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692, it explores the struggle of one man with his conscience and his eventual purification....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1527 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible by Arthur Miller On the 17 October 2000, I went to see The crucible by Authur Miller. It was performed at The Mercury theatre in Colchester. When I first heard the title, I was expecting a spooky play. I had already heard a small amount about the play and knew that it involved witchcraft. The Crucible is set in 1692, Salem, Massachusetts. We do not see the event that actually sparks the play, but we learn about it later. Five girls, led by Abigail, were in the woods with a slave woman, Tituba....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 824 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible The Crucible, takes place in the small Puritan village called Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the moral system of the Puritans. This split the town into two, those who were considered witches and those who wanted good. The play begins at Reverend Parris' home, whose daughter Betty is ill. Parris is living with his daughter and his seventeen-year old niece Abigail. Parris believes that is daughters illness is from supernatural causes, so he sends for Reverend Hale....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1094 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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Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Arthur Miller's The Crucible The scene of Hale's first meeting with the Proctors is a scene of high drama. All great drama has a context and here the background is the religious history of the New World at the end of the 17th century. In 1692, the small town of Salem, Massachusetts, was sent into absolute turmoil. What we now know as the United States of America, but what was then just English Newfoundland had only recently been settled by the Europeans and the characters in the play The Crucible are among the first few non-native generations to occupy the land....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 2326 words
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Vengeance in the Crucible - Vengeance is the act of taking revenge for a past wrong. In the Crucible, Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams both took advantage of circumstances to carry out vengeance against different people. For the case of Abigail Williams, she made use of the paranoia of the witchcraft trials to her advantage to carry out personal vengeance against Elizabeth Proctor. Firstly, she amplifies the townsfolk’s’ fear of the supernatural by pretending she was being attacked by witches. By pretending she was being attacked by an invisible bird sent out by Mary Warren (“why do you come, yellow bird?”) and accusing countless people of witchcraft, Abigail sows discord and fear amongst the staunch Puritian village...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 709 words
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The Witch Hearings in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Witch Hearings in The Crucible by Arthur Miller There are strong parallels between Arthur Miller's The Crucible and the history it depicts and the reign of terror that the 1950's era of McCarthyism repeated. These two historical events are linked by several commonalities: a lack of intelligent discussion, public hysteria, threats, fear and finally, the presumption of guilt rather than innocence. Miller convincingly uses fiction and dialogue to recreate a very real moment in history, which due to the timing of the play's release may also have been purposely created as a response to the actions of Joseph McCarthy....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1055 words
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