Crucible Silence

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Crucible Silence

Silence In Salem

In various situations, silence can speak louder than actions. Here are five examples from The Crucible by Author Miller in which Silence gives more infomation than any monolouge ever could.

Examples of Silence

Historic Tie-InWhile scheming up plots in certain cases is completely harmless, plans like Abby's can have serious repercussions. Plots that aim to overthrow governments may affect thousands, is not millions of people, much like during the Arab-Spring several years ago. While they may not begin with negitive ideals, situations could easily turn sour whenever plots are involved.

Nearing the closing events of Act II, Mary struck silent out of pure terror. She is finally beginning to realize just how much she is affecting the lives of others due to her pretense in court. The entire charade of being betwitched was only being put on because of her fear towards Abby, but now she has to deal with the guilt of dragging Salem's witch hunt into her personal life. Mary is attempting to deal with all of this while Mrs. Proctor is arrested and while John exhorts her to side with him. The importance of this silence is that this is where begins to understand that what she is doing is wrong.

Historic Tie-InParris' attitude of selfishness all too common in the present day. Whether it be as small as eating most of the pizza before others get a chance to have their share, or stealing something of great value or worth from someone. The self-centeredness of Parris is something that lives inside of all people today.

Throughout Acts III and IV, Hale's dialouge is clearly less frequent than in the first two acts. Also, when he speaks it is usually a question or a statement conveying doubt. This is because after act II Hale's confidence in Salem's situation has begun a period of sharp decadence. All of his speechless moments in the play are filled to the brim with internal conflict. Hale is being bombarded with doubt and questions from the inside.

Historic Tie-InIndesicion has always been something that has plagued the minds of humans, from the beginning of human life, to present day today. The constant switching sides even affects global issues, such as issues dealing with whether or not to send/pull out soldiers from other countires, or who to vote for during presidencial elections.

During this segment, Betty does not say a word. In fact, these 17 pages are all about trying to get her to do something at all. This not only verbal, but physical silence shows how seriously Salem views witchcraft. These attempts to ameliorate one's own concious against witchcraft are only of the first to arrise in the entirity of The Crucible.

Historic Tie-InThis practice of ignoring the problem until it disappears has its failure more than once. During the Great Depression president Hoover believed that the economic problems would eventually fix themselves on their own, and so he did absolutely nothing to try and solve them. This hands-off attitude only made the situation worse.

In conclusion, silence was used as an unspoken emotion throughout this play, and helped us understand the characters and situation without saying a single word.

Act IV

End of Act II

End of Act I

Majority of Act III & IV

Act I Pg 8-24

By the end of Act I a sinister plot has formed inside of Abby's mind. She can clearly see that this "witchcraft" mess could easily be used to her advantage to get what she desires. While Parris and Hale are trying to elicit Tituba to confess she saw the Devil, Abby is in the back scheming. This is important because this is the moment where her exploits the hysteria and ultimately send the town into a spiraling mess.

Historic Tie-InThis sort of fear was very commonly used by mafia type organizations. If you didn't do what they wanted, you would've been in big trouble. The exact same thing is happening between Mary and Abby. Abby promised to kill Mary is she ratted, and now that Mary has to she is racked with indecision.

In the beginning of Act IV one might surmise that Parris' silence is out of grief towards the condemned. In actuality, however, it is purely out of his loss of his money. Miller uses this to further characterize Parris, even this late into the play. Miller used Parris' grief for something so inconsequential in the current happenings to show how some people were completely oblivious to the corruption of the Red Scare.


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