Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is based on the 'Salem Witch Trials' in 1692. In act 1 the audience find out that John Procter had an affair with Abigail Williams, who was dancing in the woods, and that she still has feelings for him. When John denies their love Abigail starts accusing people of witchcraft. Act 2 is when we meet Elizabeth Procter who gets arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. In act 3 John goes to court trying to free his wife and the others but without much luck as he gets accused of mixing with the devil. He is then arrested. In act 4 John is willing to take the blame so that he and the others will stay alive. In the end John, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey all hang because John thought it was the right thing to do as other people, who were also innocent, had hung before them. Arthur Miller found that what happened in Salem in 1692 was repeated in McCarthyism in 1956. The signing of names away and the petitions was very much alike in both situations. John Procter was a farmer in his middle thirties. He was married to Elizabeth Procter and they had two sons. John had had an affair with Abigail Williams and even though he denies their love he still has feelings for her. When Abigail goes to kiss John in the film, John does not pull away straight away; he kisses her then pulls away. Elizabeth hates Abigail and even refuses to go to church because she will be there. Elizabeth tries hard to forgive John for his sin but she cannot do it. When we first meet Elizabeth, she and John are eating. There is a lot of tension in the room. The actors speak short sentences, which are about nothing in particular. It seams that they are talking because they have to not because they wan... ... middle of paper ... ...uldn't. "I say God is dead!" Just by saying these five words is as good as confessing to being in contact with the devil. John is then arrested. In act 4, just before John is about to hang, he and Elizabeth speak alone. There are a lot of short sentences and then John asks about his baby. Hathorn interrupts asking weather John wants to confess to witchcraft and stay alive or weather he wants to hang with the others. John decides to confess. Elizabeth is happy with whatever decision John decides to make as long as he lives-"I want you living John, that's for sure." As John has to 'sign away his name' and leave it above the church door, he gets annoyed and rips up the confession. They take John away to hang but before they go John speaks to Elizabeth, "Give them no tears! Tears pleasure them." It's as if he was telling her that everything would be o.k.

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