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  • Abigail In The Crucible Act 1 - 636 words
    Abigail In The Crucible Act 1 Within the Crucible, there lies a complex story involving the accounts and happenings surrounding the 1692 Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Act 1 of the Crucible sets up the unfolding of events which lead to witch accusations and increasing superstition among the puritan community. The Crucible reveals the intriguing and malicious character of Abigail Williams to be a manipulative and unabashed liar, who possesses the remarkable quality of self preservation even among what seem to be insurmountable odds. The character of Abigail Williams demonstrates domineering behavior throughout the act in such events as Abigail's threatening the girls to remain si ...
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  • An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible - 740 words
    An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible Authors often have underlying reasons for giving their stories certain themes or settings. Arthur Miller's masterpiece, The Crucible, is a work of art inspired by actual events as a response to political and moral issues. Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, The Crucible proves to have its roots in events of the 1950's and 1960's, such as the activities of the House Un-American Committee and the "Red Scare." Though the play provides an accurate account of the Salem witch trials, its real achievement lies in the many important issues of Miller's time that it deals with. Throughout The Crucible, Miller is concerned with consci ...
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  • Analysis Of Good And Evil In The Crucible - 1,050 words
    Analysis of Good and Evil in "The Crucible" It was a play with tremendous feelings with many inside twists hidd en in the archives of the true story. It was a play with emotional feelings; feelings of anger , hate, and evil, yet feelings of manipulation, good, and pureness. It was the Crucible. A fireball of guilt, evil, and good compiled into one magnification. The Crucible: Good versus Evil. The play contained many scenarios of good versus evil, and the characters who generally possessed these feelings and intentions. But it must be understood t hat there were the intentions, the incentives, and then the actions taken out on a person or a group of people. Every character could either be pl ...
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  • Comparison In Characters From The Crucible And The Scarlett Letter - 358 words
    Comparison In Characters From The Crucible And The Scarlett Letter Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there are many characters that are similar to the characters of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. They might not be similar physically or mentally, but they share the same attributes and feeling towards things that effect their reputations. Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter acts about the same as John Proctor of The Crucible, when they say that there was something against them, either religion or the community. Reverend Dimmesdale, the father of Hester's daughter, is similarly related to Elizabeth Proctor of The Crucible; both of them tried to hide their identity and ...
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  • Film Review Of The Crucible - 1,154 words
    Film Review Of The Crucible The Crucible: A Film Review Who'd have thought that simple dancing could cause so much chaos in a small town. This is precisely what happens in the film The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner, 1996), which was originally written as a play by Arthur Miller. This story is based on actual events, which helps in showing the accuracy of the events. The story takes place in Salem in 1692, during the Salem witch trials. The story starts when a group of young girls, particularly one named Abigail, are caught dancing around a fire in the woods by the town preacher, Samuel Parris. In an effort to avoid getting in trouble, the girls begin to make accusations against the townspeople, ...
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  • In The Crucible There Were Many Things That We Could Have Learned We Could Have Learned About Religion, Education, Family Liv - 545 words
    In the Crucible there were many things that we could have learned. We could have learned about religion, education, family lives, and justice or politics. Because the people in the Crucible did not do things as we do now, we can also what was different about our lifestyles. Our religion today is much different from the religion back in 1692. Today we believe that we can choose our own religion and which god to worship. Today we also get to choose which church to attend and when. In 1692 people were expected to attend a certain church and to attend every Sunday without absence. In 1692 They had good preachers and bad preachers, just like today. In the Crucible Reverend Hale was the local prea ...
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  • Language In The Crucible - 445 words
    Language In The Crucible language in the crucible - one of the most remarkable aspects of the crucible is miler's creation of believable dialogue for his 17th century puritans although partly based on what he found in salem records, most of it is his own invention it is convincingly old-fashioned without it being hard to understand the language carries echos of the king james bible; but word by word, apart from a few achatic terms - such as 'harlot' and 'poppet' - the vocabulary is mostly modern miller achieves his effects by linking words in an unusual way, using double negatives, chnging verb tenses, and other devices of the same kind here are some examples : pg 9 : he cannot discover no m ...
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  • Superstition And Witchcraft: The Crucible, Salem Witch Trials - 592 words
    Superstition And Witchcraft: The Crucible, Salem Witch Trials Superstition and witchcraft resulted in many being hanged or in prison. In the seventeenth century, a belief in witches and witchcraft was almost universal. In Salem Massachusetts where the witch trials take place many people who are suspicious is accused of witchcraft and hanged. Arthur Miller wrote a play called The Crucible. It is based on the Salem witch trials. The Salem witch trials change many peoples lives and even led to death for some. The power of superstition and hearsay can distort from the truth. Four ministers of Salem joined Matther, and they spent a whole day in the house of the afflicted in fasting and prayer. Th ...
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  • The Crucible - 1,427 words
    The Crucible The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller that was first produced in 1953, is based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Miller wrote the play to parallel the situations in the mid-twentieth century. Some characters in the play have specific agendas carried out by their accusations, and the fact that the play is based on historical truth makes it even more intriguing. The characters in this play are simple, common people. The accused are charged and convicted of a crime that is impossible to prove. The following witchcraft hysteria takes place in one of America's wholesome towns, which makes the miscarriage of justice such a mystery even today. The reasons the villai ...
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  • The Crucible - 1,199 words
    The Crucible There are several similarities and differences between the 1996 movie The Crucible and the truth about what happened in the Salem Witch Trials. Even though there were differences between the movie The Crucible and the actual Salem Witch Trials, the movie summarized the trials very well. Ever since Increase Mather and thirteen or fourteen other pastors signed what was called the Cases of Conscience document, the village of Salem was in major controversy. The farms around there hadnt been farmed in months and the village wasnt looking good. Some of the Puritans blamed this on the witches (A Village Possessed). It was late one night when two girls by the names of Elizabeth Parris a ...
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  • The Crucible - 5,762 words
    The Crucible ARTHUR MILLER: THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES In Salem, Massachusetts, a dozen teen-age girls and a black slave woman are caught dancing in the woods around a bubbling cauldron. Today, you wouldn't even use the word caught. You might think these girls were strange, but you'd hardly call the cops on them. But it's 1692, and Salem isn't just an ordinary small town; it's a religious community of the strictest kind. The people and their laws are as harsh as the Massachusetts winter. When two of the girls pass out from fright and can't be revived, the others find themselves in serious trouble. Women who dance with the Devil are witches; and witches, when they are caught, are hanged. To get ...
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  • The Crucible - 5,780 words
    ... nothing of sticking a needle two inches into her own belly in order to bring about the murder of Elizabeth Proctor. And she gets away with most of it. But Abigail isn't a child. She's had a grown-up love affair with John Proctor, and has lost her childish faith in the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men. A child, when hurt, may strike back in anger. But only an adult could so coolly plot and execute the ingenious revenge Abigail plans for Elizabeth. The important thing to decide about Abigail is whether you think she's evil or not. Without doubt, almost all her actions have evil consequences, and if there is good in her, we don't get to see m ...
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  • The Crucible - 355 words
    The Crucible In Salem during the time of the witch trials everyone is either politically motivated to believe the girls wild antics are the work of the devil, or they are so gullible that they think no child could ever impishly scorn the holiness of the church. Those are the two main reasons the girls get away with accusing people of witchcraft at first, later new reasons are introduced. After the first victims of the girls malignant joke are hung two new reasons to continue accusing people arrive. The new reason that most of the girls continue to accuse people is because if they don't then it would be the girls' fault, not Satan's that the "witches" died. One girl doesn't fit the mold of ju ...
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  • The Crucible - 1,047 words
    The Crucible The Crucible The play, The Crucible, is one with a vast amount of strength, and intelligence. The play is one in which a small suburban town in Massachusetts is overtaken by the devil, and witchcraft. It accurately retells the historic happenings of what the town of Salem, Massachusetts, went through during the spring of 1692. In this play, many if not all, of the characters make some sort of sacrifice cracter that sacrifices many more substantial things to him, which dramatically changes the course of the play, is John Proctor. In the play, John Proctor sacrificed: his word to Abigail to never tell anyone about their secret affair, his family, and he sacrificed his life to keep ...
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  • The Crucible - 494 words
    The Crucible Of the characters in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Mary Warren, a minor character, is actually one of the most important, dynamic characters. She goes from being a lonely, shy, frightened teenager to being a brave witness with a backbone, in court. But her change is short-lived, however, and she retreats to being a scared, wimpy girl. Mary Warren, the scared, wimpy girl that she is, is lonely at the beginning of the play and has been spending time with Abigail Williams. When there is talk in the town about witchcraft after the girls are found dancing in the forest, she starts worrying about what will happen to them if they are called witches. Mary says, Abby, we've got to tell. ...
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  • The Crucible - 211 words
    The Crucible 1. The Crucible The Play in Four Acts 2. Arthur Miller 3. Viking Penguin, October 1976 4. No Edition 5. Rev. Samuel Parris- A Reverend Rev. John Hale- a specialist in witch hunting. John Proctor- A farmer who had an affair with Abigail. But he denies it. Abigal- Has a crush on John Proctor which turns into the Salem which trials. She is Rev Samuel Parris niece. Also the leader of the group of girls. Judge Danforth- also a Deputy Governor. judge 6. 1. It begins with a group of young women caught in a spell to attract lovers. 2. A Salem meeting takes place in court. They are trying to find out about the witch craft going on. 3. a group of girls accuse an increasing number of innoc ...
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  • The Crucible - 446 words
    The Crucible The Crucible Can a person's opinion equal their fate? In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, John Proctor's stand in a society where opinion drove fate created ignominy towards him and his beliefs. First he hid his horrible sin inside, fearing the consequences. When he finally did, he was placed in a tangled labyrinth of feelings as to what his next action should have been. Lastly, it was Proctor's defiance and integrity in his own self that proved him stronger than the entire community of Salem. Proctor's tremulous feelings and general unease of the situation built up to his defining point of confession. Church and government came together to coercingly control Salem and its actions. ...
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  • The Crucible - 825 words
    The Crucible The Crucible The trumped-up witch hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts, deteriorated the rational, and emotional stability of its citizens. This exploited the populations weakest qualities, and insecurities. The obvious breakdown in Salems social order led to the tragedy which saw twenty innocent people hung on the accusation of witchcraft. Arthur Miller, author of The Crucible, used hysteria to introduce personality flaws in vulnerable characters. A rigid social system, fear, and confusion were evident conditions that became prevalent before and during the witchtrials. These conditions only contributed to the tragedy in Salem. The isolation of the Puritan society created a rigid so ...
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  • The Crucible - 607 words
    The Crucible The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller and, in the Northern production, directed by Deborah Barton-Moore. The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692, where suspicions of witchcraft were floating around the town air. The play opens with Betty Parris sick in bed, and Reverend Parris tending to her, and wondering what made her so sick. Soon Abigail Williams saunters in, and through much probing, Reverend Parris eventually finds out that she, Tituba, Susanna Walcott and Betty were all involved together in a secret practicing of witchcraft. Abigail tells of a dance around a cauldron, in the woods, and says that was all that happened But, when Reverend Parris tells how he was in ...
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  • The Crucible - 638 words
    The Crucible In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the main character Abigail Williams is to blame for the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail is a mean and vindictive person who always wants her way, no matter who she hurts. Through out the play her accusations and lies cause many people pain and suffering, but she seemed to never care for any of them except John Proctor, whom she had an affair with seven months prior to the beginning of the play. John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth used to employ Abigail, until Elizabeth found out the affair and threw Abigail out. Although John told Abigail that the affair was over and he would never touch her again, she tried desperately to reki ...
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