Arthur Miller has used the idea of the real witchcraft trials in 1962 that has been happening in Salem in America and he decided to use this type of ideas to write the play called “The Crucible” and used a representation of McCarthyism which is the witch hunt organisation which began in 1938 in America and the hypothesis of witchcraft is still inspired by the people and the audience today. Arthur Miller demonstrates how people were easily being accused and blamed in any reasons and with little amount of proof were to be punished. Arthur Miller used a variety of dramatic devices such as sentence structure, interrupting speeches, short responses and also stage directions which give the audience an impression of the feelings and the reactions in the atmosphere of the character’s in particular. Arthur Miller shows a lot of dramatic situations especially in Act 3 where the situation is involving most of the characters and also shows Abigail Williams dramatic exaggerated reaction of seeing spirits as a way of blaming other characters and taking in the attention of the judges but somehow the relationship between Elizabeth and Proctor will make the audience to care for them as Miller used remarkable stage directions in that Act .This also clarifies tension that is building up from Act 1 to Act 2 then in Act 3 the tension is out of control in the court which implies the attraction of interest of the audience. As the Witch craft accusation proofs rises seeing that the act of Abigail William’s frustrated reactions is more considered by the court it suggests that the ending of the play will be dramatic.
Arthur Miller's The Crucible presents how religion fervor fuels the chaos in the production and ultimately leads to conditions that sacrifice justice and reason; the behavior of these character Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, and Reverend Hale best exemplify someone with religious fervor. Rebecca Nurse best shows religious fervor in the play. John Proctor, Thomas Putnam, and Reverend Parris are discussing the terms of why Reverend Hale is coming to Salem. As the gentlemen are discussing Rebecca Nurse is in the middle of it, and they are still at Reverend Parris's house where Betty still lays unconscious; Parris also wants Reverend Hale to help his daughter. "...
We can learn a lot about reading Author Millers text the crucible as his own experience and setting of the troubling cold war has been reflected onto the characters of John Proctor and Giles Corey which give me a deeper understanding of them. Because of the parallel settings of Author Miller’s era, the 1950’s cold war, and the text’s setting the 1692 Salem witch hunt, I begin to question my own ideas of doing the right thing and if it came down to it, that I should always try to as good things will come of staying true.
Reverend Hale is a unique character that provides attributions to both sides. Although Reverend Hale is a catalyst to the beginning of the witch trials because he protects the authority of the court with a strict interpretation of its laws, he later realizes the falsehood of the court's accusations, and he makes a dramatic shift in his dependency on the law and in his beliefs of witchcraft. For the first half of the play, Hale strictly follows the law to maintain order, and as a result contributes to the beginning of the witch trials. For example, in his first scene of the play he enters Parris' house to help his niece, who is believed to have a spell cast upon her, and is carrying a heavy load of books that are "`...are weighted with authority'" (34). He prepares himself to ignore any conclusions based from emotional involvement or sensibility by keeping at hand lawful books to guide him.
How are you meant to survive in a society which is so hypocritical? Miller is safely addressing present day issues, by setting the drama in the past. He is exploring the McCarthy witch-hunts by setting his play in 16th century Salem, the audience can relate to what is happening in the present to what was happening over 300 years ago. Also Miller is highlighting the fact that history is repeating itself, in 16th century Salem the same thing is happening to what is happening now. The Crucible has a clear theme; Miller was trying to emphasise that we should not go down the same route as Salem, he was trying to wake everyone up to what was happening to the people in the entertainment industry, using the entertainment industry.
This website serves as a good source for learning history because it targets a wide variety of audiences, provides an assortment of historical documents from different perspectives and manages to engage and entertain the visitor in an organized manner. The website is centered on one central topic The Salem Witch Trials and is targeted for a wide variety of audiences. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of trials in 1692 in Puritan Massachusetts where men and women were accused of witchcraft1. The objective of the website is to provide information about the trials, specifically on the people involved, the legitimacy behind the trials and the hysteria that arose from it. The website is part of a larger series of websites created by Douglas O. Linder called “Famous Trials” who is a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law2.
Hawthorne’s tale places the newly wed Puritan Brown in a situation, where he has agreed with an evil character to participate in a coven, a witch’s ceremony, a devil-worship liturgy. The experience he has at this liturgy easily translates into the dream allegory of Hawthorne’s work and allows the author to use Puritan doctrine and the history of Salem to argue the merits and consequences of the belief in man’s total moral depravity. As Benjamin Franklin V states in "Goodman Brown and the Puritan Catechism," Hawthorne used John Cotton's Milk for Babes as the education source of Goodman Brown. It was the Puritan belief that man must be instructed to realize his own depravity, and therefore at childhood the education began. The child was taught that he was”conceived in sin, and born in iniquity” (70).
As the new Adam, Reverend Hooper recognizes sin in his life just as did the first Adam; he, as a minister, seeks to help his congregation recognize sin in their own lives so... ... middle of paper ... ...ata=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=1&division=div1 Kazin, Alfred. Introduction. Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne. New York: Fawcett Premier, 1966. Kaul, A.N.
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. I will support my reasons with quotations to justify its relevance. Arthur Miller’s play named “The Crucible” is based originally upon the Salem witch trials that occurred in the late 1600’s in the state of Massachusetts. The play also relates back to the 1950s Communism trials that took place in America, in which Miller himself was questioned for his beliefs in McCarthyism. The play commences by introducing a girl named Betty, who is the daughter of Reverend Parris.
Through these insights, Dr. Rank provides the reader with an ability to form opinions important to the plot. Ibsen also uses Rank as a symbolic tool, enabling the reader to look deeper into the plot. Dr. Rank is used as a symbol of a dying society as the main characters in the play ... ... middle of paper ... ...ing of what he may have once declared to be truth. Ibsen uses Rank to make these truths about Nora and Torvald's personalities evident to the reader. The roles that Ibsen gives Dr. Rank are crucial in the reader's understanding of the plot.