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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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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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Analysis Of The Article ' Witch Trials '

- ... Legends of America, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2015. After days of nonsense and the continuing of the witch accusing, many innocent people had their life taken from them. People kept on believing the hysteria that was brought up by such ignorance. When the people may have noticed just a slight consideration of innocence in the accused, the girls would have more ferocious fits. This left the accused with nothing except for execution. When the accused was executed, they were brought before the public which many people cheered on the deaths and dealt with it as if it was a game....   [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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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 Witch Trials Of Salem

- ... After this horrendous event took place in history, we can learn from this and take it as future advice. Although, throughout the world many events like what occurred in Salem are occurring today, just through a different prospective. However appalling, the aftermath of the “Salem Witch Trials” led to many teachings and a valuable lesson of how easily a minuet mistake can turn into something deadly. The beginning of the Salem Witch Trials was built off of ignorance and irrationality. The afflicted girls who started the whole scene played many roles in the trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, The Crucible]

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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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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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The Royal Colonies

- ... Tituba later said she was beaten by Parris into a confession along with the accusation of the other two women. It is often blamed on Tituba for causing the whole witch trial, but it is more likely that a combination of many different things came together to create a perfect storm. As the panic began to spread, people began to point fingers at pious, trustworthy women of the community, including Parris’s own wife. Salem, along with neighboring towns, were consumed in hysteria. Coinciding with the loss of its charter, the interim governor, Simon Bradstreet, was doing little to calm the situation....   [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 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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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

- ... Here we can see that Hale has looked at the “evidence” (or lack thereof) and concluded that the High Court is sending innocent people to their deaths. This differs considerably from Danforth’s perception on authority. Danforth’s perception of authority is much more ignorant. He derives his authority from his own definition of law and order. In his mind, God’s word is the Law, and if someone accuses another as a witch, then God’s word is that the “witch” needs to be brought to justice. Danforth undeniably desires to rid the world of evil, but he is very decisive on his decisions, often relying too much on God’s judgement and not looking hardly enough at the evidence....   [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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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

- ... 11) In Salem, the theme of respect and reputation is very prominent and people of authority rely on their social standing within the community to ensure their power. As a minister, Parris is supposed to care about about guiding people in their faith, but he is more concerned with his reputation. Without a good reputation, Parris fears the possibility of losing his power and influence in the church. Despite being a figure of authority, Parris seems to value protecting himself over saving innocent lives....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Judge, Court]

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Analysis Of Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- ... As Betty is laid in bed, asleep with a thin cast of death, Abigail is discussing with Reverend Parris as to what occurred in the forests. Abigail tells Parris, “ I would never hurt Betty. I love her dearly.” From this statement, it’s concluded that Abigail had a genuine fear for what Parris had to say and think of her. Parris also had a genuine fear for what the community of Salem had to say and think of him. He couldn’t let foolish acts of his daughter, niece, and young girls obliterate the tilting tower of respect the community (and he) had built together....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Steinbeck

- ... He tells her, “Abigail, I have fought three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character.” (Pg. 11) In Salem, the theme of respect and reputation is remarkably prominent as people of authority rely on their social standing within the community to ensure their power. As a minister, Parris is supposed to care about about guiding people in their faith, but he is more concerned with his reputation....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Judge, Court]

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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

- ... To Parris the world was in ‘grand spiritual battle’ against the damned and the elect (Latner 98, 2006). He warned the village that the devil would work on destroying the church (Ray 70). In fact Benjamin C. Ray in Satan’s War Against the Covenant in Salem Village, 1692 in “The New England Quarterly” writes, “the first to be afflicted were two members of Parris’s own house-hold, his impressionable ten-year-old daughter, Betty, and his eleven-year-old niece, Abigail” (70). They experienced uncontrollable convulsion’s that was believed to be a demonic attack....   [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

- ... The harsh wording of this, and the actions of the puritans shows that the theocracy bases the punishments off of the Bible. Finally, Danforth says, “a person is either with this court, or against it.”(94) This statement shows the complete intolerance for anything that people say that goes against the Bible. The intolerance shows that everything that the court does is based off of a theocracy and the bible is also the word of law. Miller uses these examples to show that a theocracy ruins society more than it helps, because unnecessary punishments are given, because people are tried for coincidences that are assumed to be supernatural work, and because of the intolerance shown by the theoc...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... The trials however, offered the girls a source of power that was otherwise unattainable. “The children [were] jangling the keys to the kingdom,” their word was law. The sudden power the girls obtain empowered the subservient and weak character of Mary Warren. Who before the trials “on seeing (John Proctor) Marry Warren leaped in fright.” Stage directions show she was petrified of her employer. Mary as the trials progress feels empowered by her newfound authority, which is evident through her dialogue with Mr....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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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

- ... . you will confess.”, to the counterfeit claims against the innocent townspeople. Mary replies by proclaiming, “I cannot charge murder on Abigail…She’ll kill me for sayin’ that. Abby’ll charge lechery on you, Mister Proctor!” Warren displays her willingness to push aside the Puritan belief that liars will be damned to hell in order to protect herself from Abigail by showcasing her concern that Abby will cause them harm if they do tell. When Mary does accuse people of witchcraft, she’s welcome on Abigail’s side, and she doesn’t have to fear her wrath....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... You drank a charm to kill Good Proctor.” (19). Betty clearly illustrates how far is Abigail is willing to go to get her desire to be John Proctor. She abuses her power even to the point of killing Elizabeth just to get own way. Abigail further abuses her power to escape from execution by lying and manipulating people. She threatens Betty and Mary Warren by stating, “Let either of you breathe a word, or edge of a word, about the others things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” (20)....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Puritan]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miler

- ... Rev. Hale takes pride in the public calling of his knowledge “[feeling] allied with the best minds of Europe…” (p.36). Hale views himself as a man of high authority. Rev. Parris’s acknowledgement of Hale’s authority boosts his esteem, creating a feeling of obligation to the people of Salem. The desire for Rev. Hale’s knowledge regarding witchcraft provokes the idea that he is the only one who can actually free the people of Salem of its religious troubles. Mr. Parris’s imperative action of “finally [calling] upon” (p.36)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Additionally, Abigail and the other girls are considered honest and true; due to this, their words are deemed as truth without a question in its legitimacy. This can be seen when Danforth, an overseer in the witchcraft trials, says, “‘the voice of heaven is speaking through the children’” (Miller 88). The court believes that the girls are being used as a vessel for God, and will help the community weed out the witches. Similarly, the nation listened to McCarthy’s words when he gave his speech about the threat of communists, and, for the most part, wholeheartedly accepted it....   [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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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 - 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

- ... The first sign of trouble in Salem would begin in Reverend Parris’s home in January 1692. His daughter, Betty nine years old and niece Abigail Williams suddenly started having what appeared to be pinched and bite marks from unknown sources. They would also become twisted and contorted in unnatural positions to the neck, back, and arms. Unable to eat, sleep, or speak at times a Doctor, was brought in to examine the girls and was unable to discern a disease, clamming it to be witchcraft. Once the children are able to speak, Parris asked who has done this to them....   [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 '

- ... He also put any ideas that could be in anyway potentially harmful to his reputation out of his mind and others by quickly changing the subject and enforcing his power on others to stop in their tracks. He cares more about himself that any other person, even his daughter, Betty. When Suzanna Walcott gives him a message from the doctor about Parris’ Daughters illness, Parris is quick to turn the information away, giving up potentially his daughter’s life for his self-image. 3. Abigail’s character is portrayed a couple different ways depending on the atmosphere she is in, the people she is with, and what others are saying to her....   [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 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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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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Interruptions and Delayed Explanations in Act III of The Crucible

- The Crucible Essay In act three opportunities constantly arise for the whole problem of the play to be cleared up satisfactorily, but these are always frustrated. Show how this act is one of interruptions and explanations which are tragically delayed. The crucible is a play written by Arthur miller and concerns the mass hysteria, which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials in the U.S.A. At that time the people who lived in Salem believed in witches and the devil. They believed that the bible told them that witches should be hanged and they were required to live by strict puritan laws....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Justice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Justice in The Crucible by Arthur Miller The question that I have chosen is Question 5, What do you think this play has to say to the audience about Justice. After a summary of the Crucible I shall answer that question. The Crucible, a historical play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in the small Puritan village of Salem in the colony of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials, as Miller explains in a prose prologue to the play, grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted interference in other affairs as well as a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behaviour....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Today in the world there are people who tend to continue to show religious fervor. This can be more classified as the people who believe in a religion. A real life example of this is in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. As things go on the town of Salem becomes over run with accusations of witches; these witches people think are in the town that it is Devils work people have looked to religion. Arthur Miller's The Crucible presents how religion fervor fuels the chaos in the production and ultimately leads to conditions that sacrifice justice and reason; the behavior of these character Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, and Reverend Hale best exemplify someone with religious fervor....   [tags: religious fervor theme]

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I Saw Abigail Williams with the Devil in the Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as a symbolism for his own failing marriage and the communist hunt in America at this time in his life. However, almost 50 years later, Miller also wrote the screenplay for his movie adaption of the play. Moreover, there were definite changes to scenes, characters, and dialog, between the play and the movie. Miller’s variation to his own play, showcase key differences in Abigail Williams, through his changes in her persona, relationship with John Proctor, and the added scenes in the film....   [tags: persona, relationship, scenes]

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Themes of Pride and Integrity in The Crucible

- The Crucible was not widely accepted when it was originally released. The literature was Arthur Miller's response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. During the play Abigail Williams accuses most of Salem of being a witch. This leads to mass hysteria within the town. Which in turn leads to Reverend Parris bringing Reverend John Hale to Salem. Hale is there to sort out and get rid of any presence of the Devil. There is a multitude of themes in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. These range any where from guilt and revenge to authority and integrity....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Spark that Ignited the Salem Witchcraft Trials

- What really happened in Salem that ignited the spark of the Witchcraft Trials. Was it out of boredom. Did the girls come down with a case of Schizophrenia, encephalitis, or Huntington’s chorea. (Vogel 1). These are all possibilities, but there is still one theory that could reveal the truth behind the Salem Witch Trials. According to the research by psychologist Linda Caporael, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, the poisoning of ergot originally created the hysteria. (Vogel 1 and Clark 2)....   [tags: poisoning of ergot]

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Witchcraft in the Small Village of Salem

- Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. Madness over witchcraft 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 had tried to use it (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village panic 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: Salem witch trials,]

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The Controversy Of The Salem Witch Trials

- The citizens of Massachusetts Bay Colony were undoubtedly aware of the warnings of Scripture against witchcraft. For example, Leviticus 19:31 states, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” Other scriptures also warn against witchcraft. Yet, in the years 1692 to 1693, witchcraft was certainly on their minds. During that time, the mysterious circle of girls was a questionable day by day occurrence. The other girls in the community that were not accepted into the circle felt left out....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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Classical And Shakespearean Comedies By Gustav Freytag

- ... The question was not the acts of an accused but of his thoughts and intentions. Miller understood the universal experience of being impuissant to believe that the state had gone mad. The Crucible evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation, a combination not unknown these days. In Act I, Miller sets the tone for The Crucible by introducing the four most important themes: deception, possession, greed, and quest for power. The first act familiarizes the readers with the main characters of the story; John Proctor the protagonist, and Abigail Williams, the antagonist....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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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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Rebelling Against the Status Quo in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

- In a world where compromise is part of our daily experience, there is something to be said for the rebel. Depending on the time, circumstances and historian, individuals who have been found to revolt have been labeled everything from heroic revolutionary leader to mere lunatic (albeit magnificent agitators). The actions and agendas of such rebels vary, as do the means and modes of self expression. But one thing is certain – rebels capture our attention, if not our collective imagination, and oftentimes strike a common chord found within the human spirit....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible 2014]

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The Character of John Proctor in The Crucible

- In the novel The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses varying degrees of goodness and evil to control the flow of the story while showcasing a Puritan town's superstitions and fear of the devil to justify the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The central character in Salem is John Proctor, an outspoken, successful, and well-respected farmer who chooses to maintain a certain distance from the church. Religious at heart, this man who has sinned, openly condemns the witch trials while hiding a secret that could discredit the main accuser, Abigail Williams....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]

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The Tragedy of Salem

- There was a crime committed down the street and a few kids say they saw you doing the crime. You have nothing to prove to them that you didn't. You were held responsible for it. What would your reaction be to that. You would sure say "No I had nothing to do with it" because you know you didn't. In this world some people live and die for pride were others try their whole life to understand it, and there are others who coward from it as well. John Procter's actions throughout the play are motivated by his strong sense of pride that he has on himself....   [tags: American Literature]

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True Lies

- The partner’s truth and lie are fickle creatures. They can change, morph, or grow into something entirely unlike what they were when they started. When multiple lies are told, they can snowball, creating catastrophic effects. The lines often blur between the two, until it is impossible to tell which started as the truth, and which the lie. What begins as a small, white lie can, like a black hole, consume all that comes near it. The characters in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour are defined by lies....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Crucible by Director Nicholas Hytner

- When Arthur Miller published “The Crucible” in 1953, the play’s audience was a nation of Americans seized in the grip of McCarthyism. The Communist “witch hunt” has long since ended, but the public’s fascination with this shameful piece of American history has not. The original play unfolded over the course of 4 acts that mainly consisted of dialogue. As a result, the creators of the 1996 movie adaptation had an ample degree of creative latitude to update the narrative for a modern audience. Director Nicholas Hytner utilized a host of cinematic techniques that enabled the moving images to tug the heartstrings of the audience just as effectively as the book had done before....   [tags: Movie Analysis 2014]

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Salem Witch Trials of 1692

- The Salem witch trials of the 17th century, was an event that took place in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts which spread mass hysteria that centralized around the idea of witchcraft and reflected religious persecution. This tale of events provoked the fears of Puritans whom at the time hated and believed witchcraft to be evil, the practice of committing ill acts on the innocent, the aid of demonic spirits and conveying with Satan. Therefore, the idea of Devil worshipping and witchcraft became a central scapegoat as a reason to exterminate those who were outcasts and did not practice in the Puritan faith accordingly to the rest of the town....   [tags: U.S. History]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... This was combined with the facts that the Puritan community in the Salem Village included after-effects of a British and French war in 1689 in the American colonies, along with a smallpox epidemic breaking out and fears of attacks from the neighboring Native American tribes. However, perhaps an even bigger cause was that the Salem Town had a rivalry with the Salem Village. This caused a massive fear amongst the Salem Village and ultimately made them have no trust in anyone, including their neighbors, which in the end made them turn against each other....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Salem]

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Discussion of the Factors and Effects of the Salem Witch Trials

- In 1692, more than 150 people in and around Salem, Massachusetts were imprisoned on charges of practicing witchcraft. Sentences of death were carried out on twenty of the accused. This event is remembered not only because of the loss of life due to accusations of witchcraft, but also because of its portrayal of the consequences of paranoia and hysteria in a partial judicial system. The Salem witch trials will be explored further by discussing the accusers and the accused, the beliefs and society of 17th century North America and outcome of the trials....   [tags: accusers, hysteria, puritans]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Many years ago, the culture and atmosphere was amazingly different. The expectations of people and communities are extremely high. During the Puritan times, many laws and regulations existed pertaining to government, religion, and witchcraft. In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the one word that best describes the Puritan beliefs and the community structure is strict. The Puritan government during the time of this play is a theocracy—a government of God, run by the town’s minister....   [tags: puritan beliefs]

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The Crucible: An Allegory for the McCarthy Era

- The Crucible was written as an allegory for the McCarthy era in 1953 by Arthur Miller; an American playwright. The McCarthy era was epitomized by the fear of Communism that Senator McCarthy whipped up. He fostered a witch hunt against anyone who disagreed with his views. Miller’s intention was that the play would be a parody of his own context (himself) with John Proctor quite evidently being a reflection of Miller. The witches in the play symbolized communism. A ‘Crucible’ can mean both; "a container for melting or purifying metals by heat" and "a severe test." Miller describes the village of Salem as ‘the container’ and its contents; the God-fearing residents of Salem along with their emot...   [tags: McCarthy, crucible, authur miller,]

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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 Salem Witch Trials

- Nothing in history happens as an isolated event. All of time is a continuous cycle of cause and effect, each decision and event leading to another. Eventually all the pieces fall into place to form the landscape of time. It is the job of historians to study this process and determine exactly what each piece of the puzzle is. From the building of the pyramids to America’s war on terrorism, people can eventually trace everything back through time. Of course, attempts to discover the exact causes often lead to controversy....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, Controversy]

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Overview of The Crucible

- The Crucible was a rather strong book, it had battles both internal and external, there were also betrayals and vendettas… but a few stuck strong to their morals of what was wrong, and what was right. After the girl’s acts were, undoubtedly, in the eyes of the law, seen as entirely real, people who would not otherwise have been accused of witchcraft were now eligible to be under Satan’s spell. One John Proctor, saw himself above the nonsense, that witches could not exist in Salem, his wife, his children nor him; But, when Mary Warren said to the court that he used his spirit to drag her i...   [tags: literary analysis, arthur miller]

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