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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible was based in 1692 in and around the town of Salem, Massachusetts, USA. The Salem witch-hunt was view as one of the strangest and most horrendous chapters in the human history. People that were prosecuted were all innocent and their deaths were all due to false accusation of people’s ridiculous belief in superstition and their paranoia. The Puritans in those times were very strict in personal habits and morality; swearing, drunkenness and gambling would be punished. The people of Salem believed in the devil and thought that witchcraft should be hunted out....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible To what extent is John and Elizabeth’s relationship the main focus of the play. In this essay I am going to discus to what extent John and Elizabeth’s relationship is the focus of the Crucible. The play was set in 1962, in a small, American village called Salem. As Salem was governed by a Theocracy, the whole village was extremely religious. After reading the Crucible I think that John and Elizabeth’s relationship is the main focus of the play, we can see in each act how their feelings and emotions towards their relation ship changes and progresses throughout the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- 'The crucible'; In the novel 'The Crucible'; I believe is the strongest force in Salem. The emphasis of my essay is to make you (the reader) agree with my sentiments. I will do so through quotes and acts of Abigal Williams. Through out the novel Abigal Williams does many acts to make her look deceitful, dishonest, greedy, corrupt, and as the twenty first century is creeping upon us yes even bitchy. Throughout the novel Abigal Williams is in search of a man, which she has seduced and will stop at nothing to make John her man even if it means killing his wife....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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GCSE English Coursework: The Crucible

- GCSE English Coursework: The Crucible The Crucible. Arthur Miller, ‘The Crucible’ is a play based upon the events of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The story is about a religiously motivated town. The story is about a group of girls’ who are led by Abigail, who blamed witchcraft for their troubles. Being a strict Christian society the people of Salem believed in the girl’s stories. In conclusion this led into 20 people being falsely accused, and hung. The girl’s stories were easy to believe because of many reasons....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller In this essay I will be assessing Proctors dramatic confrontations. In the play The Crucible the author Arthur Miller has very strong hidden messages against 'McCarthyism', the singling out of individuals in American society and accusing them of an association with groups who are said to be against the American way of life. He expresses his thoughts indirectly instead of writing a play that directly condemns 'McCarthyism'. Miller's message is that the Salem witch trials were wrong, they were destroying innocent individuals with no real evidence....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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]

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The Crucible: Hysteria And Injustice

- The Crucible: Hysteria and Injustice Thesis Statement: The purpose is to educate and display to the reader the hysteria and injustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it's doing the "right" thing for society in relation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I. Introduction: The play is based on the real life witch hunts that occurred in the late 1600's in Salem, Massachusetts. It shows the people's fear of what they felt was the Devil's work and shows how a small group of powerful people wrongly accused and killed many people out of this fear and ignorance....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller Arthur Miller uses many dramatic devices in "The Crucible" in order to grasp the attention of the audience. His characters appear to be multifaceted and he reveals numerous sides of their personalities during the play. Miller creates complex relationships within the play and this secures the attention of the audience. We are not introduced to John Proctor until half way through act one; he is presented to the audience as a "farmer in his middle thirties"....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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]

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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]

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The Anti-hero in The Crucible

- The Anti-hero in The Crucible A hero is defined as "someone admired for his bravery, great deeds or noble qualities". There are three categories to which all heroes can be classified into, one of which is the anti-hero genre. An anti-hero has the role of a hero thrust upon them. They do not particularly want to be brave or noble but their actions lead them to be a hero. Facing difficult decisions and doubt are also classic traits of an anti-hero. They often lack confidence in themselves, refuse to accept their fate as a hero or don't even realise their status or ability....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller During the course of the play “The Crucible”, written by Arthur Miller, the relationship between John + Elizabeth Proctor sees many changes. For example – at the beginning of the play, Elizabeth is very suspicious of John. By the end of the play, she is a lot more open with him, and they are able to communicate more easily. We hear about Elizabeth first of all through Abigail Williams. She has had an affair with John, who is a farmer in his mid-thirties in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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]

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John Proctor in The Crucible

- Crucible Paper The Puritans had many values that everyone must know and completely obey. One of those values is to know, and obey the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were one of the most important things for all Puritans to know and obey, because without them there would be no order. For a Puritan not to know his Commandments by heart was nearly unheard of seeing how the Commandments are the basic rules for them. Although almost all of the Puritans knew the Commandments there were a few who didn’t know them all by heart....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible: Danforth And Hale

- Arthur Millers The Crucible possesses many examples of interesting character development. A character who one initially finds to be worthy of mercy or pity can easily become the last person deserving of sympathy. This relationship is not only formed between the reader and the characters, but between the characters and the scenario of the story itself. The victim may become the accuser, or the scholar may become the humanitarian. This manner of characterization is best shown in the relationship between Reverend John Hale and Deputy Governor Danforth....   [tags: Miller Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible In The Crucible there are many different ways in which Arthur Miller captivates the interest of the audience. These include the reasons for which Arthur Miller wrote the play, and various themes within the play such as love, hate, lies, betrayal, lust and injustice. There is an interest in the nature of the community, the ways in which the law operated and the moral and reasoning behind the people of that time. This is also of interest when we look at the main characters within the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is a tragic story of injustice suffered by an innocent community who are subjected to the hypocritical, prideful judges of their trial. These Judges use their power to eliminate evidence of their mistakes and return their community to puritanical ways. The leaders of Salem are not concerned with seeking the truth and justice, but with maintaining their authority and reputations; this objective leads them to consistently rejecting truth, against all logic and evidence of their senses....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller has crafted 'The Crucible' to constantly engage the audience. With reference to significant moments in the play, discuss how tension is achieved and how the audience may react. The Crucible was wrote by Arthur Miller in 1953 in the height of the cold war. Miller wrote it because of what he felt about McCarthyism. McCarthyism: Senator Joe McCarthy organized a twentieth-century version of witch-hunting. In the early 1950's he exploited the US fears about Communism and managed to create a national campaign against Communists....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible Coursework Essay

- The Crucible Coursework Essay The Crucible was written in 1952 by the playwright Arthur Miller. It is an allegory of the McCarthy ‘witch-hunts’ which occurred during the 1950’s. It was effectively the arrest and questioning of those suspected of communist views or that sympathised with communists. The USA was very suspicious of communists due to the Cold War between itself and the USSR. Joe McCarthy, leader of the governmental organisation, the Anti-Democracy Policy, headed the hunts. Arthur Miller was himself arrested by McCarthy....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible Drama is often made interesting to the theatre audience by the author using characters of a certain type (Hero, Villain). Choose two characters from the play that you feel might loosely fit these two categories. Consider how Miller reveals the type of characters people are in the play. Arthur Miller was born on October 17th 1915 in New York City (U.S.A). He graduated from high school in 1932. As there was no money for university, he work for two years as a shipping clerk and in an automobile-parts warehouse in Manhattan, then he applied to the University of Michigan in 1934....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible During "The Crucible" Proctor is easily cast as a villain and other characters clearly see this side of him. This is evident when Abigail shows her attraction for Proctor and her flirtatiousness is obvious to the audience as she talks to Proctor, she moves closer to Proctor and the stage directions suggest that there is a "Faint smile" Upon Proctor's face, this smile widens as Abigail truthfully explains what happened the night before. Their past is clearly revealed when Abigail asks John for a "Soft word" And Proctor answers, "That is done with" "Abby, you'll put it out of mind" ....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Deputy Governor Danforth is an interesting character in Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible". His character is complex and his role in the play is open to interpretation. It is clear that Danforth is not only misguided but deliberately ignores any evidence that casts doubt on the stories of Abigail Williams and the other girls. Danforth is a religious, respected man who is two positions down from the King. This means that he should be respected, and is by many....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Comparing The Crucible with The Titanic and The Woman in Black

- Comparing The Crucible with The Titanic and The Woman in Black 'The Crucible' is a historical drama set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The play was presented in a minimalist style. The characters were all puritan which meant they were very simply dressed with dull colours. Living in a small village they would all be interested in each others business. The characters would all be desperate to keep their names ‘white’, some of the characters for example Ann Putnam would have also benefited from the blackening of her neighbors names....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Changes in Character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Changes in Character in The Crucible One definition of "crucible" is "a severe test of patience and belief, or a trial". This definition pertains to Arthur Miller's four-act play, "The Crucible." The definition is suiting, because it is during this play that the wills of innocent women and men are put to the test when they are accused of things they did not do. It was the ultimate trial of determination and willpower to withstand such a wretched ordeal. Abigail Williams, Elizabeth and John Proctor, Mary Warren, Reverend Parris and even Reverend Hale had changed drastically because of what they had to go through during the course of the play....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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The Crucible Film

- The Crucible Film The Crucible; an intensely emotional and dramatic film based on the horrific story of the Salem witch trials. The opening and concluding sequences are of great importance in conjuring the melancholy atmosphere present throughout the story. The director uses various different devices to achieve this. A variety of camera techniques are used throughout the beginning sequence to enhance the mood and involve the audience. Camera techniques are harmonized with lighting effects to culminate this dramatic scene....   [tags: Movie Revier Miller Crucible]

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Why The Crucible Remains Important Today

- Why ‘The Crucible’ Remains Important Today For a story of any kind to have any relevance or meaning some 50 years after being written and indeed almost 400 years after it was set, it needs to contain themes and ideas that have been uniformly felt and experienced by people from all walks of life as well as continuing to speak to and have meaning to new and changed generations of people. Years after being written, Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, still successfully speaks to numerous generations of people, that although live in different countries, under different governments and belong to different peer groups, experience the same issues that the characters of ‘The Crucible’ experienced as w...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Pressure and Morals in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible – Pressure and Morals Crucible- a severe test, a hard trial or also could be define as a pot for melting metals. A severe trail could be as other then a physical it also could be mentally a severe trial like person verses self. In The Crucible, Miller reflects the theme that pressure can force people from there can force their morals. The characters in The Crucible have morals that they must up hold to be accepted into the town and church. It is a struggle to keep these values when there are moral hazards like desires, greed, hate, and obsession....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Values and Morality in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Values and Morality in The Crucible by Arthur Miller The Crucible by Arthur Miller raises many thought provoking issues throughout the play, including the importance of personal integrity, injustice in society and the rights of the community versus the rights of the individual. The first, the importance of personal integrity, is brought to light through John Proctor, who finds himself facing personal conflict when making the decision of whether to lie and 'confess' to the court, saving his own life, or to tell the truth and be condemned by it....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Dramatic Tension in "The Crucible" by Miller

- Dramatic Tension in "The Crucible" by Miller The Crucible Coursework Excitement, nervousness, stress, anxiety, suspense, unease, and apprehension are all forms of dramatic tension that Miller creates throughout the Crucible. Dramatic tension is created by Miller throughout the Crucible in many ways. Straightaway, the title of the play, “the Crucible” implies to the audience of the tension that is to come in the play. Miller names the play “the Crucible” to represent the puritanical society of Salem, the historic people of Salem wanted to purify each other from the Devil’s work, they even went to the extent of killing their fellow neighbours in order to purify them....   [tags: Miller Crucible Essays]

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Looking at the similarities and context of the plays; The Crucible,

- Looking at the similarities and context of the plays; The Crucible, St. Joan and Antigone I shall be comparing the following three plays: The Crucible, St. Joan, and Antigone. I will be analysing the play's contents so that I can look at the similarities between the three of them and communicating the ideas that each of the three main characters have similar characteristics. The Crucible was written by playwright Arthur Miller and was first produced in 1953. The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 and looks at the 'witch hunt' that surrounded America in the seventeenth century....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Sin of Pride In The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Catholic Church considers pride to be a sin because pride is about “me”, “myself” and “I”, they only worry about themselves and no one else. Although people might not believe it, today’s society is filled with pride; from being proud of your heritage to being proud of your sexuality, pride is all around. However, the Catholic Church believes that pride is the foremost among the seven deadly sins because all a prideful person thinks only of himself, and that is the exact opposite of what the Catholic Church teaches....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible Abigail Williams, an unmarried orphan in the Massachusetts town of Salem, incessantly grows more jealous, her desire for vengeance only grows stronger, and her selfishness escalates. She repeatedly lies to save herself by denying her involvement in witchcraft. Abigail's Jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor intensifies in attempt to realize her desire for Elizabeth's husband John Proctor. In order to save herself she accuses the innocent, without any sense of ethical violation....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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]

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A Character Study in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- A Character Study in Arthur Miller's The Crucible I believe the Crucible to be a political statement expressed by Arthur Miller in 1953, during the American, 'hunt for communism'. His works, 'The Crucible', reflected this with 'the hunt for witches' in 1692. These two time periods clash, with their same fear that their particular 'way of life' was at a certain risk, if communism supporters and devil worshipers (i.e. witches) were not sought out and destroyed. The two identical situations were allowed to get out of hand....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Christian Response to John Proctor and The Crucible

- The Crucible John Proctor is the protagonist in The Crucible. He becomes the person who fights for what is right. As the story goes on, the secrets of Proctor are revealed, and it is discovered that he committed adultery with Abigail Williams. In prison, before he is hanged, Proctor asks, “Who will judge me. God in Heaven, what is John Proctor, what is John Proctor?” John Proctor was a confused soul who discovered what he truly believed, and did not disobey what he decided to believe. As the play starts off, and John Proctor is introduced, it becomes know that he committed adultery with Abigail, the antagonist of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucibles Tragic Hero A tragic event should bring fear and pity to the reader and the hero should be courageous and noble, hence when combined a tragic hero is presented. The protagonist, John Proctor, portrays a tragic hero in The Crucible. His hamartia of treachery caused great internal struggles, he displays hubris by challenging authority, and encountered catastrophe as the play went on. John Proctor’s decision to betray his wife caused internal turmoil and ultimately lead to his ruin at the end of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Character Development in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Character Development in Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible deals with significant events in Salem and significant changes and developments in the characters that appear in the play. Every character in the play undergoes some kind of change whether it is for good or for evil. Arthur Miller considers good and evil in The Crucible he shows that all the characters think they are doing "God's work" but are in fact encouraging the devil. Also many characters are hypocritical, they are "good honest Christians" but many can't even follow the Ten Commandments....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor's Moral Struggle in The Crucible

- John Proctor's Moral Struggle in The Crucible The primary dramatic focus in the play The Crucible is the moral struggle of its protagonist, John Proctor. Certain characteristics of John Proctor's character and also the environment of the Puritanical Salem alleviated this problem for him. The main issues running through out the play are a series of dilemmas that John Proctor faces. The first and foremost of these is his guilt over his adulterous affair with Abigail Williams, the second his hesitation to testify against Abigail to bring out the truth and the third, his final decision to make the ultimate sacrifice....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Human Flaws in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Human Flaws in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Many of the characters in Arthur Miller's The Crucible have specific human flaws that cause the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem villagers exhibit failings, including greed, vengeance, and fear, which eventually lead to the downfall of their town. Many villagers, especially Abigail Williams, take advantage of the opportunity to seek vengeance on others through the trials. Greed for power and land often holds precedence when the hysteria takes over....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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A Test of Character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- A Test of Character in The Crucible   A crucible refers to a harsh test, and in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, each person is challenged in a severe test of his or her character or morals. Many more people fail than pass, but three notable characters stand out. Reverend John Hale, Elizabeth Proctor, and John Proctor all significantly change over the course of the play.  All participants in the witch-hunt were influenced by the society that existed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Salem operated as a theocracy, a government ruled by and subject to religious authority....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Analysis Of The Crucible And A Scene by Arthur Miller

- Analysis Of The Crucible And A Scene by Arthur Miller The Crucible was first produced in 1953 during the McCarthy political 'witch-hunt'. The Crucible is governed around, the corrupted degeneration of society during this sombre period. Arthur Miller saw many parallels in this period with the 'witch hunt' in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Most significantly the naïve yet extremely unjust accusations, the forced confessions and ultimately the growth of such a diminutive event into mass hysteria....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Importance of Act Four in The Crucible

- The Importance of Act Four in The Crucible We have been exploring and analysing “The crucible”, a play by Arthur Miller. A play written during the hysteria of McCarthyism, in the 1950's. This is reflected in some of the issues raised in the play. This essay will focus particularly on the importance of Act 4 to the play, in various forms and will include the social and historical setting of the play itself. We will start of with a short summary of Joseph McCarthy. Joseph lived a complicated life (1908-1957) as a Republican senator from Appleton, Wisconsin....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Essays]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: Characters and Changes

- The Crucible – Characters and Changes Change is good." We hear the catchy phrase everywhere. From company slogans to motivational speeches, our world seems to impose this idea that change is always a good thing. Assuming that the change is for the better, it is probably a true statement in most cases. The root of this idea seems to come from the notion that we are dissatisfied with the state that we are in, so, in order to create a more enjoyable surrounding, we adjust. Others, however, stray from this practice, and instead of trying to adapt to the people around them, they try and change others....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Human Failings in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller writes about the tragic results of human failings in his play, The Crucible. He presents characters from the past and infuses them with renewed vitality and color. Miller demonstrates the horrifying results of succumbing to personal motives and flaws as he writes the painful story of the Salem witch trials. Not only do the trials stem from human failings but also from neglect of moral and religious considerations of that time. Characters begin to overlook Puritan values of thrift and hope for salvation....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Miller's Tension in Act I of The Crucible

- Miller's Tension in Act I of The Crucible The anti-Communist hysteria during the 1950's led to a mass persecution of people associated with Communism. Post WW2 America was a nation if fear and suspicion because of the on going cold war with Russia, anyone one remotely connected to a known communist could be persecuted, this sparked a fear that Russia could take over the world. At the time a playwright, Arthur Miller could not express his feelings due to society's strong support for McCarthyism....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible deals with witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts which shows utter chaos and hysteria in the town. Many were accused of witchcraft and died because of lies. Elizabeth Proctor was one of many who were accused. She was accused by Abigail Williams, the person whom Elizabeth fired for cheating with her husband, John Proctor. John was a well respected farmer in Salem, who was outraged when Elizabeth was arrested for accusations of using witchcraft. John and Elizabeth were approached by Reverend Hale, a supposed expert with witches, in front of their house, to warn them about Elizabeth being mentioned in court and to ask about their Christian faith....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible John Proctor In the book The Crucible there is a struggle within to have one have a sense of belonging to society. They want to be loved by that society no matter how much they may seem that they don’t belong. But they do want to show that to everyone, everyone that may not think that. John Proctor is a good example of a struggle to find a place in society. He’s the type of person that wants to plow his fields on the good days even if the good day is only on Sunday of that week....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible - How John Proctor Changed

- The Crucible - How John Proctor changed throughout the storyline from mistreating his wife by cheating on her while she was ill with Abigail, to someone who took the blame so no one else got in trouble. The Crucible In this essay I will talk about how John Proctor changed throughout the storyline from mistreating his wife by cheating on her while she was ill with Abigail, to someone who took the blame so no one else got in trouble. The Crucible is based on the true story of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials where people were hanged if they were accused of being a witch....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor's Struggle in Miller's The Crucible

- John Proctor's Struggle in Miller's The Crucible Coursework The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded by a group of Puritan settlers who arrived from England in 1630. The Massachusetts Bay colony was driven by the religious principles of Congregationalism. Each church and its community were supposed to be independent, but in fact they all followed the same strict code of belief and behavior. Members of the congregation who swayed from these norms were severely punished. As the community were strong Puritans, executions were public, and could take the form of hanging, beheading or pressing to death, if not a less cruel punishment would take place such as an ear,...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Role of the Community in 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller

- The Role of the Community in 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller Part 1 ====== Written by Arthur Miller, the play The Crucible is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. According to the introduction to the play, Salem is less than 40 years old, and is not very large – probably around hamlet sized. The few houses and building in the hamlet were small and dark. Massachusetts has a harsh, cold environment and the houses provided little protection from the raw winters. Salem was originally built as a simple community; an armed camp to provide a united side against Massachusetts – ‘Massachusetts tried to kill off the Puritans, but they combined’....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Hysteria and the Consequences of Mass Paranoia in The Crucible

- The Crucible Effectively Demonstrates the Development of Hysteria and the Consequences of Mass Paranoia. Discuss this with Reference to the Play and the Time in Which it is Written. 'The Crucible' was written in 1952 by Arthur Miller and was first performed in 1953. It is about a village called Salem in America, set in the 17th century, where a suspicion of witchcraft and association with the Devil has arisen. This theme of accusation and paranoia is comparable with the period of McCarthyism in the United States of America, where many people were accused of communism and anti-Americanism....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Theme of Evilness in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Theme of Evilness in The Crucible by Arthur Miller In any type of society there is evil. Evil lives amongst us all, sometimes in the people you would least suspect. Everybody in 'The Crucible' has sinned in some way, except for Rebecca Nurse. The play almost certainly starts off with an element of evil. The people of Salem are puritans, so if it were known that a group of girls were dancing naked and attempting to conjure up any spells in a forest, it would certainly be thought of as evil....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The True Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The True Hero of The Crucible Through out the ages the inevitable dilemma of the balance of power is always seen where the governing super power wants to fullycontrol an individual through every aspect of their life. This description nodoubt, fully describes the Puritan belief system in Salem, where the church/court has the authority over everything or else itâˆ(tm)s of the devil. The conceptof individuality is highly resented making everyone follow the leader withoutthought....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Evilness And Selfishness Of Abigail Williams In The Crucible

- The Crucible: The Evilness and Selfishness of Abigail Williams In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, there is one character who, because of her selfish and evil ways, causes the destruction of many people in the town of Salem. This character is Abigail Williams. In the play, jealousy, and self- interest are the two characteristics that are seen constantly throughout the play. These characteristics pertain particularly to Abigail, and give a graphic description of her life, and how she deals with things in it....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Justice and Injustice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Justice and Injustice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, justice and injustice is portrayed through the characters of John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams. It is also shown through the minor characters of Mary Warren and Mercy Lewis, followers of Abigail Williams, and through Danforth and various townspeople. After Abigail Williams and the girls are discovered dancing in the forest by Reverend Parris, there are rumours of witchcraft among them, when Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam are found "witched"....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor as the Tragic Hero of The Crucible

- John Proctor as the Tragic Hero of The Crucible A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. During the play The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor suffers a change in fortune from happiness to misery. Proctor is an honest, brave man that carries a hidden fact, a fatal flaw. Proctor’s flaw is his lust for Abigail Williams that throughout the play leads to jealousy and hysteria and in the end results to his own death....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Inner Conflicts in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible – Inner Conflicts Fear, resulting in chaos, and overturned lives affected the personal decisions of John Proctor, thus creating inner conflicts, as well as desperation in the story. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, John Proctor's stand in a society where opinion drove fate created ignominy towards him and his beliefs. At first he hid his horrible sin inside, fearing the consequences. When he finally did, he was placed in a tangled labyrinth of feelings as to what his next action should be....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: The Lessons Learned

- The Crucible – The Lessons Learned Great events, whether they are beneficial or tragic ones, bring change in a person. These scenarios can give one an entirely new perspective on life, and turn around his way of thinking. Events such as the Salem Witch Trials show the people involved what they could not see before. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, and John Proctor gain valuable insight into themselves, as well as others. Elizabeth Proctor has many moments which show how she is changing throughout the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Religious Aspects Of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Religious Aspects Of Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is a play, which draws a parallel between the Salem witch-hunts of 1692 and McCarthyism in the 1950s. Arthur Miller, author of the play, was put in prison in the early 1950s owing to his slight left wing sympathies. In this period of time, the American regime was very strict and paranoid; this was caused by fear of 'reds under the bed' (communists in America). When Miller was released from prison he chose to write a play outlining his views on America, but instead of directly using his own situation, he used a parallel event to put his ideas forward....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: John Proctor

- The Crucible - John Proctor, a man with pride John Proctor plays the leading role in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He was persistent, honest, and full of integrity. He was simply, a man with pride. A wise woman once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." (Eleanor Roosevelt). Proctor was the protagonist of the dramatic piece of literature. When the play sets in to action, John has had a past affair with his servant Abigail Williams....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Throughout the play “the Crucible,” we see the many different sides of Abigail Williams’ character. Arthur Miller has created an interesting and complex character with various personality traits, and her controlling and manipulative nature becomes evident for the audience during the very first scene. Abigail is first introduced as “seventeen, a strikingly beautiful girl, an orphan…”, already the audience is made to feel sorry for her as we find out that she has no parents....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible: Insight Of Hale, Elizabeth And John

- The Crucible, a container that resists hear or the hollow at the bottom of an ore furnace. However its connotations include melting pot, in the symbolic sense, and the bearing of a cross. Elizabeth, John Proctor’s wife; a cold, childless woman who is an upright character who cannot forgive her husband’s adultery until just before he died: she is accused of being a witch. Reverend Hale, a self-proclaimed expert on witchcraft; at the play’s end tries to save the accused. John Proctor, a good man with human failures and a hidden secret, a affair with Abigail, he is often the voice of reason in the play; accused of witchcraft.“I do not judge you....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Use of Language in The Crucible

- The Use of Language in The Crucible The Crucible is the study in the mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials, concentrating on the fate of some of the key figures caught up in the persecution. It powerfully depicts people and principles under pressure, and the issues and motivations involved. At the same time it is also clearly a parable for the events of the McCarthy era in the USA of the 1950s when anyone suspected of left wing views was arraigned for ‘ un American activities’ ‘The Crucible’ consists of many dramatic acts involving a lot of tension but Act III is significant to the whole play as it involves a lot of dramatic irony and anxiety....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Essays]

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Hester and the Puritans in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Hester and the Puritans in The Crucible       Hester Prynne's life was difficult and unique, with many trying events and circumstances that changed her and separated her from the common people. Great rifts eventually formed between her and the community in which she lived. These differences could be put into two categories: the outward distinction, and the inward change. The outward distinction is easy to identify. It is Hester's adultery, and it is signified in the scarlet letter A and her daughter Pearl....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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- The Crucible – Human Nature Human nature was fully to blame for the disaster which took place in Salem in 1692. Human nature is what your character is made of in trying situations, and in 1692 scientific knowledge was extremely poor by today's standards and so all reoccurring problems were blamed on an evil force, whether it be the devil or witches or anything the imagination could conjure, hence human nature was being tested regularly. The decisions people made were critical to the disaster's progression, in today's scene in would have been dismissed within minutes, but the paranoia floating around in the town kept the ball rolling....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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The Internal Conflicts in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is a play that takes place in the sixteen nineties during the famous but tragic witch trials. The entire community is in pandemonium yet certain characters are also fighting internal conflicts. Miller uses three characters that manifest this internal battle ever so clearly: Mary Warren whose whole world turns upside down, John Proctor who must weigh the importance of his family against his reputation and Reverend Hale who must decide whether to do his job, or do what he knows to be right....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Proctor as an Admirable Character in MIller's The Crucible

- Proctor as an Admirable Character in MIller's The Crucible During the play, there are many things revealed about the character of John Proctor. It appears, overall, that he is admirable, as the question suggests, but Proctor displays a good deal of qualities and shows signs of weakness and anger. He seems a very passionate man, though occasionally his admirable actions could be misinterpreted as him being stubborn. For example at the end of the play when, Proctor refuses to sign his confession....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Character Revelation in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Character revelation is how a character is portrayed to the audience. The relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's, The Crucible is presented in two different stages throughout the play. The first stage is a troubled relationship lacking in chemistry. The second stage is that of acceptance, presenting a clear picture to the audience of the love between John and Elizabeth. The First Stage The relationship is cold, lacking in chemistry, it is very awkward. There is a gap between John and Elizabeth that creates the coldness....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Hale and Parris in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Hale and Parris in Arthur Miller's The Crucible At the end of the play, Hale is admired and Parris is despised. The two men are intentionally different in character; Hale is the better of them. He seeks justice while Parris thinks of himself. From as early as Parris' first stage direction "(scrambling to his feet in a fury)" he is worried and nervous, which at first thought could illustrate worry for his daughter's life but when, later on, he says "…my ministry's at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousin's life" to Abigail, he illustrates the fact that he cares more for his parish than he does for the well being of his own family....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Description of the Trial Scene from The Crucible

- Description of the Trial Scene from The Crucible The entire town of Maycomb is excited about the trial. However, this excludes the prejudice less people like Miss Maudie who doesn't want to see someone on a trial for his life. She considers it like a Roman Carnival. On the day of the trial, a vast crowd camps in the town square to eat lunch. They all have gathered to witness the incident that is about to take place. Jem, Scout and Dill also have come to see the trial. When the crowd starts to enter the courthouse, the children take this opportunity to their advantage to slip into the courtroom without Atticus noticing....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Analysis of Acting and Directing in The Crucible

- Analysis of Acting and Directing in The Crucible I saw the play The Crucible and there were examples of styles of directing and acting that were very interesting. The production was put on by the University of Arizona’s theatre department and as such the directing and acting had its good points and its bad ones. There was one scene in particular that appeared to be very well directed. Act two takes place in the common room of the Proctor’s house about a week after the initial scene in the Reverend’s home....   [tags: The Crucible by Arthur Miller]

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Dramatic Tension in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Dramatic Tension in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Both acts 3 and 4 employ a variety of dramatic techniques to engage the audience in the fate of John Proctor. Miller continually shifts the focus from character to character throughout the scenes, which as a result produces a strong overall effect in the play. The play was written in the early 1950's during a time when there was a lot of unnecessary hysteria in the United States surrounding Communism, and although the play is based on the Salem witch hunts of 1692 they're similar to what was happening in America at the time....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Reverand Hale in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Salem witch trials of 1692 caused much confusion and chaos. A total of 19 were executed for supposed witchcraft. For such a travesty to occur and to end, there must be certain people that catalyze the event and others that speak out against it. In "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, specific characters contribute to the rising hysteria of witchcraft and the disapproval of the convictions. 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 h...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Proctor versus Dimmesdale in Miller's The Crucible

- Proctor vs Dimmesdale In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the characters John Proctor and Arthur Dimmesdale are victims of the puritan ethics of Moderation and Unvarying Faith. These ethics are reflected in the way that they are forced to act like everyone else, resulting in a feeling of being trapped, as well as internal and physical torture, which led to their eventual demise. Hawthorne’s character Arthur Dimmesdale is the epitome of what a puritan should be....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Dilemmas of Conscience in The Crucible

- The Dilemmas of Conscience in The Crucible The play "The Crucible" was written by Arthur Miller written 1950's but was first performed in 1953. It is set in Salem, Massachusetts in the spring of 1692 and is about a small community torn apart due to accusations of witchcraft. In this essay I am going to write about the affect that conscience has on peoples' minds and decisions. Miller once said "Now I wanted to move closer to a conscious hero". By this he meant after his last play he wanted to move closer to a character that was aware of what he has done i.e....   [tags: The Crucible Morals Ethics Essays]

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The Final Act of The Crucible

- The Final Act of The Crucible The final act in the play, act four, fits into the plot three months later, after the court case and all the hangings of the condemned have taken place. It is a scene full of tragedy, defeat, misjudgement and misery. The audience should be left finding themselves asking questions, as 'The Crucible' is a reminder of how evil can be committed by everyday people. This final act shows all the journeys the characters have travelled, in some cases from beginning to end. The way in which some of the characters act reflects the society they live in where in some cases the characters will be of principles and in others they will not....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Essays]

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Honor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Honor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Honor can be defined by how one holds them in the public eye. Others may say that honor is how you live your life when none can see your actions. However defined honor can play major roles in how a person will act in a given situation. The Crucible by Arthur Miller has excellent examples of how honor can manipulate people’s decisions in times of importance. John proctor holds his moral standpoint and does not falter into the temptations of selfishness, while Elizabeth would describe honor as how a person lives their lives....   [tags: Crucible Arthur Miller]

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