The Crucible

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The Crucible

Assumptions at its best

Author Miller's play The Crucible was a "sane man's strike against America's McCarthyite paranoia about communism."(Patrick Carnegy, Demonds within and without,paragraph 1) The setting of the Crucible was Salem, Massachusetts and from the start you realize that it is a detail play about the Salem Witch Trials.When the play first opens it describes Abigail, Betty, and some other girls dancing in the forest around a pot. In that time period the Puritans believed that dancing was sacrilegious. No one in the play seemed to be "normal" at all. You later read and find out that there are many personal problems between the personal problems between the characters. From the beginning to the end, the work seems to puzzle and intrigue you because you don't know if the girls are faking it all or if they are really playing with the devil.Miller excellently executed the relationships between all of the characters. The tension and emotions were handled perfectly. At the end of the play, Miller returns to the scene of the edge of the forest "but this time with the thought that Proctor's self sacrifice, in winning round at least one of the principal accusers, the Reverend Hale, holds out the promise of new life not oly for Elizabeth and their child but also for the village as a whole."(Patrick Carnegy, Demons within and without, paragraph 6) All together, Miller's play the Crucible was a passionate dramatization of the real battle between what is real and what is all just imagined.

Literary Criticism

The year of 2012 had rumors flying around everywhere about what would happen that December. Would the world really end? Everyone seemed to be divided into believers, skeptics, and complete doubters.Althought there was no evidence that the Mayans tried to predict the end of times, others believed that December twenty- first would be be the end because that is when the Mayans calender from long ago. News of the scare spread vastly online and the closer December got, the more spastic everyone seemed to become. Believers of the predictions purchased underground bunkers. These individuals were called "Doomsday Preppers" and has a secret area stocked with living necessities.After the twenty-first day of December passed, preppers for the end were either trying to convince everyone that "the math was wrong" or even that their prayers saved the world! With the help of relatives and friends doomsday believers had to move on from this unrealistic scenario. Believers without this support had a more difficult time coping and were even traumatized. Most of the "hard-core" believers even think that the end could be in 2015

John ProctorFarmer in his mid thirties , Married to Elizabeth, has three children, and Mary Warren is his servant.Respected by some and feared by others. He seems to make fools feel foolish instantly.He is a sinner of the body and of his morals.He knows that his sins with Abigail have ruined his reputation and also his wife's trust so he gains it back."I can. And there's your first marvel, that i can. You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Give then no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart to sink them with it!" (Act 4, page 1272)

Antagonist- person who struggles against the protagonist(good guy), often with cruel or destructive intent.Abigail: "We did dance uncle, and when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And there's the whole of it." (Act 1, page 1219)Metaphor- a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.John Proctor: "... I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me!" (Act 2, page 1248)Comic Relief: the inclusion of a comic episode or element to relieve emotional tension.Giles Corey: "More weight" (Act 4, page 1269)

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