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The Crucible By John Parris

- The Crucible is set in the town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. We open in the home of Reverend Parris, who is trying desperately to wake his daughter Betty. Betty is in a strange state of sleep and the doctor can find no cure. As a result, whispers of witchcraft are spreading through the town. Parris has sent for the Minister Hale, an expert in witchcraft to come and dispel these rumors and his own fears. The day before he found his daughter, niece and several other girls dancing in the woods while his slave Tituba, muttered and sang....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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Reverend Parris in the Salem Witch Trails

- As minister of the town he was well respected and had the responsibility of instructing the “word of god” and guiding people on the right path. However, he doesn’t do this when he lets Abigail get away with dancing in the forest, which was permitted in the puritan society. He should have took on the teacher role he was given and teach Abigail discipline by making her face the consequence of doing what is not permitted. When navigating some pretty challenging waters, teenagers have a tendency of lying as a way to get attention, to make themselves seem more powerful or attractive to others, or to get sympathy or support....   [tags: society, permit, dance, consequence]

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Dan Parris, A Filmmaker And Owner Of Speak Up Productions

- Dan Parris, a filmmaker and owner of Speak up Productions, in his documentary, What Matters, argues that it is everyone’s responsibility to care for the poor. Parris along with his two friends and assistant producers, Rob Lehr and David Peterka embark on a journey to experience poverty firsthand, in order to challenge their audience to think about their purpose. They adopt a deeply personal tone as they call young people to action. They support their claim through the use of ethos, pathos, and logos....   [tags: Poverty, Africa, Malnutrition]

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Character Analysis of Parris in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

- In 1971, a psychologist named Philip Zimbardo conducted an experiment that would show how humans reacted when they were divided into two groups, one group of guards and the second one group of prisoners. In the experiment he conducted, he noticed that the groups took the given role very seriously within minutes; the two groups took the experiment to extreme level by actually having the groups think of themselves as prisoners and guards. The experiment was canceled after few days because the reactions of the people were so extreme it got out of control....   [tags: group, villian, superior, society]

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The Court Of 1692, By Betty Parris And Abigail Williams

- At the Court of Oyer in the summer of 1692, Reverend Parris brought charges of witchcraft against Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and a native American slave woman named Tituba. During the proceedings, I was astonished at the stories of encounters with the Devil and other sexually prohibitive testimonies by Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. However, it was the testimony of Ann Putnam that defined the alleged abuse against these children that Tituba was accused, which defined the physical evidence of witch craft that taunted these children: The deposition of Ann Putnam who testifieth and saith that on the 25 'th of february 1691/92 I saw the Apperishtion of Tituba Mr....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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Parris Island

- PARRIS ISLAND “GET OFF MY BUS. YOU HAVE TEN SECONDS TO GET YOUR THINGS, GET OFF MY BUS, AND GET ON THE FOOTPRINTS OUTSIDE.” It was the middle of the night, we had just arrived by bus from the airport and we were scared to death. Welcome to Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. This is a brief overview of Parris Island as seen through the eyes of Recruit Smith, Platoon 1040, B Company. Marine Corps boot camp is thirteen weeks of physical and mental anguish....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach”, Ty Cobb once said, “The base paths belonged to me, the runner. The rules gave me the right. I always went into a bag full speed, feet first. I had sharp spikes on my shoes. If the baseman stood where he had no business to be and got hurt, that was his fault.” Cobb believes of how he would be free of all blame, all guilt, and all faults for injuring a baseman if he did indeed substantially wound the baseman. In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, one’s fault is one of the most controversial viewpoints in the whole, entire play....   [tags: Parris, Abigail, John Proctor]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials began in 1692, and over the course of only one year, over 200 people were accused of witchcraft and 20 were executed. The trials created a panic among the people of Salem as religious leaders and afflicted girls furiously accused their fellow man of witchcraft. At the center of all this chaos stood Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris. The girls screamed out in pain, had horrendous fits, and cried that they were being possessed by the devil. Local religious leaders took immediate action against these so-called witches....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, Schizophrenia]

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Analysis Of The Article ' Witch Trials '

- The Aftermath of Salem Massachusetts Alley, Kristie. "Witch Trials - Accusers." Miner Descent. Miner Descent, 18 Nov. 2011. Web. 29 Oct. 2015. In the article, “Witch Trials – Accusers”, Kristie Alley informs us about one of the main accusers Ann Putman and her role in many of the deaths in Salem. Her father was an influential church leader who also played a big role in the accusing. It is said that many of the people who took part of the accusing had close relationships with the Putman’s and the people who they accused had a dispute with the Putman family; this explains why so many people would accuse....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- “Well, all the plays that I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from.” by Arthur Miller. All great works provide a way to reach in and grab the audience through the reoccurring themes like, greed, jealousy, reputation and hypocrisy. Arthur Miller had one of those great works and it was called “The Crucible”. The play was based off of the witch trials that happened in Salem in the year of 1962....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Samuel Parris]

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Salem Witch Trials Vs. The Crucible

- Salem Witch Trials vs The Crucible The events that took place in Salem Massachusetts during 1692 through 1693, would forever define the colonial religious extremists, known as the Puritans. The Salem Witch Trials created a distinct nuance, that marked a dark period in American history. The dramatized version of the Witch Trials, The Crucible, resulted in a semi accurate representation of the historical events that occurred in Salem Massachusetts. The author Arthur Miller, wrote the playwright by incorporating factual content, as well as imaginary aspects that brought the characters of the Witch Trials to life....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Samuel Parris]

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The Iks By Lewis Thomas

- “The Iks” by Lewis Thomas, is an essay of reflection on the book about the Iks. The Iks is a small tribe that is located in the mountain valleys of northern Uganda. Due to the fact that the government wanted to build a national park, the Iks were forced to move to the poor hillside soil and became farmers. This migration leads to their loss of land and working area. Thus, they do not know how to live without hunting and their life becomes miserable. As a result, they transformed themselves to unattached, brutish creatures....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Samuel Parris]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, a character named Thomas Putnam is portrayed as a very stubborn and selfish man, who thinks he knows best. The way Putnam treats others, is disgraceful, especially because they are people that he has to live with in the town of Salem. He was a man that wanted as much power and control as he could possibly have. Thomas Putnam is married to Ann Putnam, a somewhat respected woman in the town. One thing about Thomas Putnam’s life that really upsets and aggravates him, is the fact that only one of their eight children survived....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Samuel Parris]

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The Witch Trials Of Salem

- As known, the witch trials occurred in the year 1692, and was one of the most devastating events to have ever occurred in Salem, Massachusetts. These events occurred due to the ignorance of many afflicted girls. Many innocent people gave up their lives and protested their innocence of witchcraft. According to the websites, there is little known about the accusers. However, many of the people who aided in the accusing were said to have left Salem. After the events occurred, only one of the afflicted girls and a few other accusers gave a confession pleading for forgiveness....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- The Salem Witch Trials has been argued as one of the most important and controversial topics in American history. The Salem Witch Trials concluded the war between faithful people and evil people, and brought the long awaited justice to Salem village. Different historians presented varying opinions about the consequences and effects of the Salem Witch Trials. Reverend Samuel Parris played a pivotal role in preaching Christianity as well as eradicating evil from Salem village at that time. Religion was enforced among the people of Salem village, which created dispute against church-members and the non-church members....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible published in 1953 by Arthur Miller. However, the setting of the play takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692. Miller had a purpose to write the ‘The Crucible’; he wanted to share with everyone his view of Communism. He wanted to give knowledge to those who did not know about how people around the world were falsely accusing each other of being Communist during the 1950’s in America. Mccarthyism is falsely accusing someone of being communist and they would often be hanged....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris]

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An Analysis Of ' The ' Of The Black Men '

- Women of any color were the same in this time era, Conde’ used the scene with Tituba and Hester in a prison cell to compare Hester, who was a white woman and Tituba who was a black woman in their ideas of what it means to be a woman or how they view being a woman in the society they live. Condé shows that Hester was not racist against Tituba, but of Black men. Although Condé was not a feminist, she showed acts that were of a feminist and her sexuality contributed in Tituba’s life. Sexuality in the novel shows quite a bit, the first portion of the novel starts out with a sexual encounter....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Salem vs the Crucible The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, is based on the actual people of the Salem witchcrafts trials. Arthur Miller wrote the Crucible in the early 1950s in response to experiencing his own modern “witch trials” in the United State. During this time, the panic of Communism has arisen in the United Stated and Senator Joseph McCarthy convinced himself that the American government was slowly being taken over by communists. He began hunting them out, forcing them to confess, and getting them to name their associates, which is very similar to the events in Salem witch Trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Samuel Parris]

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Salem Witch Trials And The Crucible

- Beginning in the spring of 1692, the infamous Salem Witch Trials started after young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil. These trials resulted in more than 200 people being accused of witchcraft, with twenty being killed. The accusations of local women of witchcraft caused hysteria to spread throughout the town. Still to this day the cause or reason for the madness is perplexing. 1692 was not the first year New England had experience with witch trials; the colonial town, Salem, was the first town where more than one or two people were punished as alleged witches....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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Truth About The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials were a series of prosecutions of men and women who were accused to practice witchcraft or have associations with the devil. The first Salem witch trial began with two girls in 1692, Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams who started to have “fits”, in which they would throw tantrums and have convulsions. The random outburst of the girls threw the town of Salem into a mass of hysteria. Although historians have not found a definite reason or cause for the witch trials, they have taken different approaches to explain the hysteria that took over Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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The Infamous Salem Witch Trials

- INTRODUCTION The infamous Salem Witch Trials began in late February of 1692 after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. The accusations caused a wave of mass hysteria throughout colonial Massachusetts. The people of Salem accused more than 160 men, women, and children of practicing witchcraft, also known as the Devil’s magic. Most of the accused persons faced imprisonment, while others lost property and legal rights....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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The Royal Colonies

- The establishing of the royal colonies was a learning process. The learning curve often showed through how some situations were handled throughout colonial history. Mistakes were made; lessons were learned. Future decisions were influenced. Inexperience in governing independent colonies was made evident more than once in the establishment of the colonies. The Salem witch trials was one of the many instances. Leaders created a panic that spiraled out of control until people began to point fingers out of pure fear, but was it just an honest mistake that the leaders final apology implies....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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West Coast Hotel v. Parrish: The Case that Caused a Constitutional Revolution

- According to William E. Leuchtenburg, along with other successors, West Coast Hotel v. Parrish was the case that constituted a constitutional revolution. Leuchtenburg gives evidence of the main arguments of his opinion concerning the shift in the Court during this particular case as well as others that came after it. The significance of this case was that it upheld the “minimum wage” legislation passed by Washington State even though there was the uprising issue of “liberty of contract.” The presented case of West Coast Hotel v....   [tags: minimum wage]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Compassion as a Strength Compassion is an emotion that is oftentimes viewed as a weakness instead of a strength. However, using the corrupted society portrayed in The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates how compassion is necessary for people to survive together, as a society. He establishes this by using the self-centered Parris, whose lack of compassion is responsible for the witch-craze present in Salem. Parris’ dysfunctional relationship with his children causes the girls to lie about their activities in the forest which starts the hysteria around witches....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Lie, Truth]

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The Real Minister in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

- A villainous mind is a closed box, unless opened nobody knows what’s inside however once opened easily visible. Similarly, a villainous character has the talent to be manipulative, prejudiced for others decisions and selfishly wanting to gain power without thinking about the affect it may have on other individuals. In Auther Miller’s The Crucible some depraved characters like Reverend Parris disrupt the peace in the society by manipulating other individuals and selfishly being greedy for power and reputation without keeping in mind the affect it may have on the society....   [tags: manipulating, selfish, power, reputation]

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Selfish Desires Vs Selfless Acts Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- Aqsa Khalil Ms. Aquilina ENG 3U 13 April 2015 Selfish Desires vs. Selfless Acts: Spiritual Leadership in The Crucible A true spiritual leader follows the example of God. In the allegory, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Elizabeth Proctor and Reverend Parris’ actions prove that ordination does not necessarily mean sound spiritual leadership. Miller uses the backdrop of the 1692 witch hunts to criticize the flawed society of Puritanism. The play is also a critique of McCarthyism in the United States of America which occurred in the 1950’s....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials]

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The Salem Community, Corruption And Corruption

- In the Salem community, corruption already existed with the rumors circulating around the community about witchcraft. Mrs. Putnam confirms the existence of these rumors when she sent her daughter to conjure the dead with Tituba—a slave known for her witchcraft. Her Husband, Thomas Putnam, decided to take advantage of these rumors and persuade Reverend Parris and the rest of the town of the existence of witchcraft in Salem. In act one, while Reverend Parris was denying the accusations of witchcraft in Salem, Thomas Putnam and his wife convince him otherwise....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Analyse the ways in which Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. I will explore the certain aspects of Abigail’s personality and how it is an important role in portraying her reasons for her actions. I will also analyse the ways in which Abigail’s personality changes through the progression of the play. I will sum up which points have a bigger effect on her intentions and motivations and the effect she has on the characters of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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How Arthur Miller Creates and Sustains Tension in Act 4 of The Crucible

- How Arthur Miller Creates and Sustains Tension in Act 4 of The Crucible In act 4 of the play 'The Crucible' Arthur Miller uses the characters as the main device for creating and sustaining tension for the audience. He first uses reverend Parris to show tension in the act. At the beginning of this act, reverend Parris is already a changed man from what he was like before throughout the play. In the acts before, he was non-hesitant with what he did "(To Danforth, instantly)" or, "(He hurries)"....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- When asked about The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, critic Harold Clurman claims that the play is “chiefly a study in mass hysteria in which superstition conspires with self-interest to incite a society to destructiveness” (handout). This quote accurately portrays the message of revenge and greed serving as common characteristics in times of uncertainty that echoes throughout the play, clearly exemplified through Mr. Putnam, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams. During this time, land lust and revenge were common incentives to accuse a person of being a witch, and these three characters clearly exemplify these common reasons....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth” - Albert Einstein. Throughout the course of human history, authority has played a prominent role in our lives. Einstein’s quote about “blind belief in authority” explains the situation fittingly in “The Crucible”. Not only have the people of Salem senselessly believed in teenager’s accusations, but they have also supported the actions of the High Court, along with Judge Danforth and Reverend Parris, which has led to numerous innocent deaths....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witch-hunt]

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Good vs Evil in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- 	The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play in which the Red Scare from the 1950's is paralleled to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. It contains a wonderfully developed plot, which displays society's flaws by establishing a good versus evil scenario. Miller creates characters to fuel the evil and others that evolve to show the outbreak of good. Two of these characters are Reverend Samuel Parris, and Reverend John Hale. These men are the spiritual leaders for two neighboring towns in New England, whom many in the community looked up to....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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How Fear Motivates the Characters in Arthur Miller’s Play, The Crucible

- At times, fear motivates people to behave unscrupulously. Personal fears instigate some characters in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible to cry witch. Reverend Parris fears losing his job, Abigail fears prosecution and losing John Proctor, and Tituba fears physical retribution. Fear induces people to defend their personal whims and use their power to harm others. Reverend Parris’ fear of losing his job provokes him to cry witch. Reverend Parris’ daughter feigns to be in a coma. When the doctor bade Susanna tell Reverend Parris that he “might look to unnatural things for the cause of it” (9), he denies that possibility because he fears that rumors of witchcraft under his roof would help his “...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Themes of Power and Authority in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Explore Miller’s dramatic presentation and development of the theme of power and authority. Even though The Crucible is not historically correct, nor is it a perfect allegory for anti-Communism, or as a faithful account of the Salem trials, it still stands out as a powerful and timeless depiction of how intolerance, hysteria, power and authority is able to tear a community apart. The most important of these is the nature of power, authority and its costly, and overwhelming results. “But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or against it,” says Danforth conceitedly....   [tags: religious, hysteria, accusations]

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The Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- ... When Reverend Hale arrives at Salem, he goes to see what is wrong with Betty. Quickly, Hale concludes that witchcraftery is likely the cause of Betty’s sickness, but he is not officially sure. While Hale was inspecting Betty, Giles Corey, an old landowner, asked Hale a question. Giles was curious about why his wife was reading strange books at night and how it had interrupted his prayers. Later on Hale asks Abigail if they were conjuring spirits, she then says that it was all Tituba's doing....   [tags: hysteria, grudge, foes, trials]

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I Am A Black Slave Woman Named Tituba

- 1. Who am I. I am a black slave woman named Tituba. My parents Abiodun and Abiona, were originally from Yoruba Nigeria before they were captured from their villages in Nigeria, brought to Barbados and sold into slavery. They worked in Rev. Parris’ plantation for many years and that is where I was conceived. Similar to my parents, I worked in Rev. Parris’ plantation until I was twelve years old. After a hurricane hit Barbados and destroyed many plantations, Rev. Parris separated me from my parents and bought me to live in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Restorative Justice Is A Real Thing

- When Mary Catherine Parris was told that I would be talking to her about restorative justice, her response was, “Is that a real thing?” (personal communication, September 23, 2015). Through this assignment I realized that restorative justice is not talked about within the criminal justice system. For both of the individuals I spoke with, the idea of restorative justice seemed like a joke. In trying to persuade them both that restorative justice is a real thing, I was met with very similar beliefs and comments from both individuals....   [tags: Crime, Criminal justice, Punishment]

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Power Corrupts

- People want power because it gives them control and dominance over others. Power gives the person who has it the ability to do whatever they want, say whatever they want and make people do what they want. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller the whole plot revolves around the theme of power. There is a never ending conflict of characters to keep, assert and acquire power. The most prominent characters that ultimately hurt the community the most due to their greed and lust for power are Deputy Governor Danforth, Reverend Parris and Abigail Williams....   [tags: American Theater]

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Incest in Kings Row

- Shady characters permeate this film, but they can be easily forgotten under the thick melodrama that sweeps you into the storyline. Perhaps the most disturbing character to me was Dr. Tower. I mean, really, who is this guy. From the beginning I could detect a kind of strange dynamic between Cassie and her father. After she and Parris swim together as children, she says that if her father finds out she's been swimming with Parris, he would "take a switch" to her. At first I thought maybe he was strict about her coming straight home from school or something, but as soon as I heard about the mother staying in the home all of the time, it became more clear....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- American author, John Steinbeck once said, “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts - perhaps the fear of loss of power”. As seen in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, people of authority can feel pressured to go along with actions or make decisions they know are wrong because they fear losing their power and influence in society. They also tend to let to their opinions and motives impact their work and responsibility to make good decisions. The Crucible demonstrates how people of authority, like Parris and Danforth, try to use good judgement to make fair decisions, but are often influenced by their own personal opinions whether they realize it or not....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Judge, Court]

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Analysis Of Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- In The Crucible, by Authur Miller, he was successful in fulfilling his purpose of the theme, truth versus faith. As known before, Miller wrote this play in relations to the Salem Witch Trials, and also, McCarthyism - two both very similar topics. Not to mention, both topics share a repeated theme of truth versus faith. Miller had a story to tell, along with the opinions of his own (indirectly, of course), and the only way he knew how to relate it to what was happening then, was to take something from the past....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Steinbeck

- American author John Steinbeck once said, “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts - perhaps the fear of loss of power”. As seen in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, people of authority can feel pressured to go along with actions or make decisions they know are wrong because they fear losing their power and influence in society. They also tend to let to their opinions and motives impact their work and responsibility to make competent decisions. The Crucible demonstrates how people of authority, like Parris and Danforth, try to use good judgement to make fair decisions, but are often influenced by their own personal opinions whether they realize it or not....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Judge, Court]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible Essay In the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and twenty people were executed. Today, we watch the evolution of the trials unfold before us in the form of a story. In the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, each of the characters, John Proctor, Reverend Hale and Reverend Parris, change from the beginning to the end of the story. Proctor becomes more honest; Hale becomes more skeptical of his mission and Parris finds in himself some shred of humanity....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Elizabeth Parris was lying on the ground, her arms and legs flailing in the air and spittle spewing from her mouth. She had overturned the dining table, breaking a ceramic pitcher and cutting her arm in the process. Nearby stood Abigail Williams, wide-eyed and gaping. "Go get Master Parris," Tituba told the girl and Abby ran from the room. Tituba knelt down next to the spastic girl and tried to calm her. She managed to grab Betty's bleeding arm and wrapped her kerchief around it to stem the bleeding....   [tags: Crucible Arthur Miller]

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Salem Witch Hunts

- Exploring, the historical references of the Salem Witch Hunts will reveal insights into the cultural makeup of this colonial society during the seventeenth century. Questions that present themselves are, were there a sense of mass hysteria or were there some other sociological phenomena that explained the social construct during that disturbing time frame. In the winter of 1691-1692 Salem Village was not a happy-go-lucky place to live; the cold, damp, and dreary town of 600 was divided and afraid....   [tags: culture, witches, trials, society, God, US]

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The Salem Witch Trials : A Dark Time Period For American History

- The Salem Witch Trials is a dark time period for American history that is full of mysterious confusion on the reasons for why it occurred. Today there are many articles by authors with their depiction on the possible reasons for the Salem Witch Trials. However information on the records on accused witches varies, as Richard Latner explains in The Long and Short of Salem Witchcraft: Chronology and Collective Violence in 1692 in the “Journal of Social History” states, “Legal documents do not exist for everyone who was accused of witchcraft, and the case records that exist are often incomplete” (138, 2008)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]

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Greed in Salem: The Crucible

- Greed in Salem The destructive force that the play showcases the most is greed because the town of Salem is destroyed, and many people are hanged. Greed is a major part of the story and is shown throughout the play by many different characters. The people of Salem are affected and the town is eventually destroyed because of the selfish acts resulting from greed. The minister, Reverend Parris, is an excellent example of greed. Reverend Parris says, “Man don’t a minister deserve a house to live in” (Miller 1250)....   [tags: Arthur Miller plays, theme analysis]

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The Crucible By William Miller

- A crucible, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is a severe test. In his play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller conveys the message of McCarthyism by writing an allegory to the Puritan times and the Salem witch trials. However, there are many more hidden messages that Miller weaves in to the plotlines of the play. These messages surface as themes that illuminate the purpose of the author, which was to show flaws in Society and McCarthyism. Throughout the play, some of the major themes that are in the play are that theocracy makes the whole of society worse, that people try to save their reputation by committing act of crime and sinning, and that mass-hysteria causes people to stop listen...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller’s play, the crucible written in 1952, provides a visual on the concept of power in the 1692 Salem witch-trials. Although Miller explores the theme of empowerment of the previously marginalized, he studies the concepts of shift in power and abuse of authority in decidedly greater detail. Empowerment of individuals is explored with a select few characters. However, shift in power is explored more thoroughly, with Reverend Parris and Abigail Williams as key characters who portrays this....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By William Miller

- The Crucible is a play with many underlying messages and themes. One of which is the idea of power. Power is a very important term in this play in that whoever holds the power, holds the fates of others. The hysteria within Salem has directly effected society. Everything has turned upside down and has gotten distorted. Arthur Miller is telling us that all the power in Salem is given to those who are corrupt and their abuse of it is directly shown through: the actions of Abigail throughout the play, the corruption and desires of Parris, as well as the witch trials held by Judge Danforth....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Three Witches]

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The Crucible

- In the play The Crucible, characters are presented in many ways. The ways Miller presents the character of Parris is through what the characters say, stage directions, what the character of Parris says and does and the relationships that Parris has with other characters in the play. At the beginning of the play, Miller describes Reverend Parris using narration. This is the first impressions we get of Parris. “…discovered kneeling next to a bed, evidently in prayer…” From this we know that the character of Parris is seen to be austere and that he has faith in God to make better what has gone wrong....   [tags: Character Analysis, Arthur Miller]

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Tension in Act One of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Tension in Act One of Arthur Miller's The Crucible Miller builds up the tension using theatrical effects, language, the relationships of characters and the plot development, the structure of the act. He makes us visually aware of the tension using these tools. He needs tension as the story of the crucible is about witchcraft. Miller draws in the character of Proctor as himself, as Miller was caught up in communism in America and fought to maintain his dignity, as Proctor does, near the end of the book....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller in 1952 and has remained such a renowned play in American literature because the play pays close attention to the importance of reputation, which continues to be as much of a priority in 1692 as in modern times. The play opens with girls getting caught dancing in the woods by Rev. Parris, which escalates to the assumption of them practicing witchcraft. The girls, lead by Abigail Williams, pledge their love for God and undertake the responsibility of accusing whoever they please of witchcraft, usually under false assumptions....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The desire for power and authority has always been a part of the human nature. Today’s society most often use power to dominate one another and fulfill one’s personal intentions, which can affect other people in many ways. Having power and authority is truly gratifying but it is terrifying if abused and used for selfish acts. The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller is an example to illustrate the consequences of abuse of power. The characters Abigail Williams, Deputy Governor Danforth and Reverend Parris use their power over society by manipulating people and using their authority to fulfill their personal intentions, like material gain, vengeance, maintaining social status and reputation,...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miler

- The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trials exposed the early court systems, proving them to be unjust and corrupt. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miler is a historical rendition of the Salem witch trials in the Puritan colony of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. As the play progresses Miler depicts how the trials infringe the morals and values of the Puritans, which promoted loyalty to the lord, communal interaction, and an oppressive code of conduct that frowned upon any unusual or rebellious behavior....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Although The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is set in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth-century, its intention is to provide insight to the events occurring during Miller’s own time. In 1947, Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was accused of espionage, increasing the fears of the communist party among the public. Additionally, in 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb and China recently became a communist nation. Furthermore, Joseph Stalin controlled half of Europe, and the threat of an atomic war was ever-present....   [tags: Salem witch trials, McCarthyism, Witchcraft]

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Comparing Salem Possessed by Paul Boyer, The Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Bryan Le Beau, and Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen

- Comparing "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 spread just about as fast as the Black Plague. This epidemic caused chaos among neighbors in a community. The chronology of events describes an awful time for colonists from June 10th to September 22nd of that year. The books "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen all describe these events and provide varying explanations for the epidemic that plagued Sale...   [tags: Salem Witch Trials 1692]

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In what kind of community does Arthur Miller root John Proctor?

- In what kind of community does Arthur Miller root John Proctor. In Arthur Millers Salem the community is very religious and pious. They might be religious but their actions are bad. The community is a puritan community this means that they are keen on helping the church or making it better. The community is lead by the church so it is a theocracy. Only by one example you can see how religious the community is because the church leads it. The community is scared of other people coming and changing the whole way of their lives so they want to keep their way to themselves....   [tags: English Literature]

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Telling The Truth Is Better Than Creating A Lie

- The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in the year 1953. The play is based on the actual historical event- the Salem Witch Trials of 1692- in which twenty people died due to hangings while seventeen died in prison. There are so many people can be blamed for the witch trials. One of those people would be John Proctor, because if he had not had that affair with Abigail before the witch-hunts, she would not have danced in the woods, or acted as a ringleader for the girls to attract his attention....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, History, Legal Issues]

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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]

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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]

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Reputation Of The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Reputation in “The Crucible”: Something Dear; A Reputation In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, I found myself struggling to grasp the full intensity he portrayed. One intense subject he really pinpointed was reputation. Reputation seemed to be a major focus of almost all they characters in this literary work. Whether it be reputation as a good member of the Salem Massachusetts community, or reputation as most successful preacher, the townspeople seemed to revolve around reputation. Many townspeople including John Proctor, Reverend Parris, as well as Giles Corey....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Mary Warren]

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John Winthrop 's The Salem Witch Trials

- [This is an introduction sentence, wow amazing, I can’t believe I made it to the third page.] I believe that if John Winthrop were to suddenly come back to life in order to witness the Salem witch trials, he would first consider it the work of the devil, then later disapprove of the actions taken by Parris and his supporters. In order to break down this argument, one must draw upon Winthrop’s sermon, A Modell of Christian Charity, and his traditional Puritan values. John Winthrop’s initial reaction to the trials at Salem would be disdain....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, God, Salem]

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The Crucible By Arthur Lee Miller

- Since 1692 students and adults have studied about the Salem witch trials through the famous play The Crucible by Arthur Lee Miller. Yet, the novel by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum present the story of the witch trials and Salem in a divergent meaning. History is based on power, yet it is obtained and exhibited in various ways. The various ways in which power is shown in history were uncovered from the many Salem Village and Salem Town residents over an almost 100-year time span. Three prime examples which are money or inheritance, your name, and who did not like who, will be discussed in the following essay....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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Research On The Salem Witch Trials

- Research on the Salem Witch Trials Before the Trials “Belief in the supernatural–and specifically in the devil’s practice of giving certain humans (witches) the power to harm others in return for their loyalty–had emerged in Europe as early as the 14th century, and was widespread in colonial New England. In addition, the harsh realities of life in the rural Puritan community of Salem Village (present-day Danvers, Massachusetts) at the time included the after-effects of a British war with France in the American colonies in 1689, a recent smallpox epidemic, fears of attacks from neighboring Native American tribes and a longstanding rivalry with the more affluent community of Salem Town (prese...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible]

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Plot Summary of The Crucible

- In 1692, the colony of Massachusetts was infected by witchcraft that would lead to the executions and imprisonments of a myriad of people. In particular, in the small parish of Salem Village, many called upon witchcraft when Reverend Samuel Parris, the town’s minister, is kneeling next to a bed while, “His daughter, Betty Parris, aged ten, is lying on the bed, inert.”(Miller 1234) It becomes known around the town that Betty Parris and numerous other girls were found dancing with the minister’s slave, Tituba....   [tags: literary analysis, arthur miller]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In the Crucible, we are introduced to the main protagonist John Proctor; the way that Arthur Miller presents him by rebelling against the authority in Salem. Out of the entire town he is the only person that speaks out, realising that the authority is unfair and unjust; he is not like everyone else in the town who keeps quiet to themselves. There are many situations where we the readers can see very clear examples of him rebelling against the authority that controlled Salem. One example of Proctor rebelling against authority in Salem was when he did not go to church on a Sabbath day and instead decided to pray in his own home ‘Mr Proctor, your house is not a church; your theology must tell y...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Baptism]

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The Crucible - Emnity And Distrust

- Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is set in Salem village where an atmosphere of enmity and mistrust has been created through the conflicts and disagreements many villagers experience throughout the play. Many of these are caused by or, similar to the conflict between Parris and Proctor, are inflated by the many accusations of witchcraft occurring in the village. John Proctor is very rarely involved in village affairs, preferring to spend time on his farm than getting involved in politics. He does however still have conflicts with others in the village, especially Parris, whom he mistrusts greatly....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Salem Witch Hunt : A Study On The Roots Of Folk Magic Of Having Protecting And Destroying Affairs

- Witch Hunt The Salem Witch Hunt was a notorious outcry against people assumed to be witches in 1692. Written documentation from the time of the trials has been researched, finding twenty executed and over one hundred imprisoned. Furthermore this documentary shows the people involved and outcomes of many. Witchcraft has a long history in the roots of folk magic of having protecting and destroying affairs. According to the documentary Folk Magic claims the devil would use women, children and occasionally men to do his biddings....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Comparing The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck and The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

- The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, is a novel depicting life during the Dust Bowl, while The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller is a semi-fiction version of the Salem Witch Trials. Despite these vast differences they both share three main character dependant themes. The sorrow of regret, the destruction of one’s religion, and the greed of some at the expense of many. The sadness that emits from sorrow is one of the main occurrences in these novels. The Crucible is a story about a false accusation of civilians committing witchcraft which ends up creating massive hysteria due to the trials having a misled judge....   [tags: Comparative, John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller]

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Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Great Gatsby '

- 1. According to Arthur Miller, there were many small aspects of Salem society that together added up to make it a fertile ground for a witch hunt. The Puritan religion was created for a good purpose like forbidding any kind of personal entertainment and emphasizing the importance of prayer. The society was “a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any king of disunity” (Miller 7) that may lead to the breakup of their society. Their society was set up to be communal, but the people of Salem were not as structured in their beliefs as one would hope....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Vengeance and Dishonesty in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

- Each character has a certain failing that they represent in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, more than anyone else. For Thomas Putnam his failing is how he would do anything to get vengeance on Francis Nurse. John Proctor failing is dishonesty to protect which undoubtedly cause his own down fall. Reverend Parris whose materialistic ways for money will end up with him having nothing. Putnam’s vengeance, Proctor’s dishonesty to protect, and Parris’ materialism all show a failing that will have consequences for someone in Salem....   [tags: john proctor, putman]

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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]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials took place in the summer and into the fall of the year 1692, and during this dark time of American history, over 200 people had been accused of witchcraft and put in jail. Twenty of these accused were executed; nineteen of them were found guilty and were put to death by hanging. One refused to plead guilty, so the villagers tortured him by pressing him with large stones until he died. The Salem Witch Trials was an infamous, scary time period in American history that exhibited the amount of fear people had of the devil and the supernatural; the people of this time period accused, arrested, and executed many innocent people because of this fear, and there are severa...   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials Description

- Since ancient times, the world has been plagued by the belief that witches roam freely. Witch trials have long been an iniquitous way to get rid of the presumably evil men and women who lurk throughout the deepest parts of the earth. From the beginning of time, an estimated 50 to 200 thousand people have been killed because of witch trials ; however, the most famous witch trial that ever took place was the Salem Witch Trials that occurred during 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Massachusetts was settled by English Puritans in 1630; it was inhibited by close to six hundred residents, who lived in two unmistakably different societies: Salem town, and Salem Village....   [tags: witch trial, witchcraft, sarah osborne]

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Legacy of Torment: The Crucible

- ... She advocated that “I saw the Indians smash my parents heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish word done at night,” (Miller 1268). This quote above all contributed to her ability to keep herself on the down low because it put fright into the girls minds, thus saving herself from being told on. Her ability to intimidate and put fear into the girls minds saves her reputation, as well as keeps her from being put to death. Williams’ relationship with Parris is one of backstabbing and greed....   [tags: Arthur Miller play analysis]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- During the time period The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, was written many people contained the feeling of guilt. Confession was what determined their verdict of being guilty or not. Many people during this time period were being accused of many false accusations, and then proven guilty. These false accusations are what encouraged the people of this time to not make any comments to the accusations, and ended up not confessing. Three of the main character, John Proctor, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams, were examples of how The Crucible portrayed injustice....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible Essay When a life is at stake, everyone changes, except for those that are truly evil. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, each if the characters of Proctor, Hale, and Parris change from the beginning to the end of the play. Proctor becomes more honest; Hale becomes more skeptical of his mission; and Parris finds in himself some shred of humanity. These characters when through emotional and mental changes. Across the course of the play, John Proctor became more honest with himself, his wife, and his community....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible]

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Abigail Williams in Act One of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- How Arthur Miller Establishes the Character and Motivation of Abigail Williams in Act One and How She is Not to be Trusted Arthur Miller wrote ‘The Crucible’ in the 1950’s during the Cold War. The play is a study in the mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. It shows the consequences of being accused as a witch. The reason for a witch hunt is because it is a sign of the devil and in Salem no one is more superior than God. The people of the town live for God, respect God and die even for God....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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