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  • A Dark Moment In Time - 830 words
    A Dark Moment in Time The book, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is a well-written drama of how scapegoating gone to the extreme can bring about tremendous contention and chaos even among the simplest of people. In this case, the victims of scapegoating were the citizens of Salem, Massachusetts. I feel that Miller did an excellent job on the way in which he conveyed the setting, characters, and plot. The story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. In their society there is only black and white, right and wrong. Given that the era is the 1600's we know that their lives weren't very complex back then. The people back then mainly farmed and worked from sun up till sun down. Therefore we kn ...
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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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  • Crucible - 462 words
    Crucible The Crucible; underestimated and underrated By Jon State High Student I must be honest in that I had never heard of the movie The Crucible until a few weeks ago when my English teacher had us watch it for a unit we were currently doing on witchcraft. Figuring it was some teachers educational video, I was not very thrilled. My opinion changed abruptly as the movie began with several mischievous girls sneaking out one dark, eerie night in the 1600s. The setting seemed to put me there with the bright, full moon shinning over the calm lake and the cool, misty air seeming to hang in the air like ghosts. The girls ran, looking nervously over their shoulders as if they were committing a de ...
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  • Crucible - 226 words
    Crucible The Crucible is a play about witchcraft. It all begins with a group of young women playing with witchcraft taught by Tituba and Abigail Williams. Reverend Parris found them and most of the girls scattered but the smallest girls stayed, frozen with fear. The people of Salem, where the setting is, hold a church meeting and call Reverend Hale to decide if it is witchcraft. Hale comes to Salem and gets the girls to confess and blame Tituba, the slave that taught them witchcraft. Tituba confesses and blames the devil. The city of Salem called in deputies to try people for witchcraft and the girls start their acts of vengeance on the entire town. Abigail Williams who lusts for John Procto ...
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  • Crucible And Clinton Similarities - 641 words
    Crucible And Clinton Similarities Arthur Millers The Crucible and the scandal surrounding President Clinton can be compared in profusion. The old saying of history repeating itself is certainly proved true in this state of affairs (no pun intended), proving the timelessness of The Crucible. Key players utilized by Miller can be interpreted into many notorious faces portrayed by the media encircling our fearless leader. Although all comparisons are not players at all, but some merely concepts. The most obvious comparison protrudes from this circumstance like a sore thumb. This is the correlation between President Clinton and John Proctor. The primary similarity in their characters is the act ...
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  • Crucible And John Proctor - 971 words
    Crucible And John Proctor John Proctor is a character from the Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, Throughout the play he changes from being a troubled, self-exiled, sinner to becoming a person of high moral standards. The characters in this play are simple, common people that live in the town of Salem in the year 1692. There is a rumor of witchcraft floating about in the town that has led to accusations about many of the townsfolk. The accused are charged and convicted of a crime that is impossible to prove (witchcraft). The reasons the villains select the people they do for condemnation are both simple and clear because all of the accusers have ulterior motives, such as revenge, greed, and ...
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  • Crucible As A Hero - 1,385 words
    Crucible As A Hero A tragedy should bring fear and pity to the reader. A man in this tragedy not should be exceptionally righteous, but his faults should come about because of a certain irreversible error on his part. This man should find a bad or fatal ending to add to the tragedy of the story, for this man in the tragic hero. The protagonist John Proctor portrays a tragic hero in The Crucible; his hamartia of adultery causes great internal struggles, he displays hubris by challenging authority, and he encounters catastrophe through recognition and reversal. John Proctors decision to betray his wife causes internal struggles and ultimately leads to his catastrophe at the end of the drama. H ...
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  • Crucible By Arthur Miller Appreciation - 1,618 words
    Crucible By Arthur Miller Appreciation Thesis Statement: The purpose is to educate and display to the reader the hysteria and injustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it's doing the "right" thing for society in relation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I. Introduction: The play is based on the real life witch hunts that occurred in the late 1600's in Salem, Massachusetts. It shows the people's fear of what they felt was the Devil's work and shows how a small group of powerful people wrongly accused and killed many people out of this fear and ignorance. Also important to the play is how Arthur Miller depicts how one selfish, evil person like Abigail Williams can bring other ...
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  • Crucible Drama By Miller - 562 words
    Crucible Drama By Miller The Crucible is a drama based upon the 1690's Massachusetts witchcraft trials. The Crucible tells of the havoc wrought in early Salem when some restless young girls claim that witches are taking over the village. Their leader, Abigail Williams, hopes for revenge against Elizabeth Proctor, her past employer. Abby was dismissed from her job because she had an affair with Elizabeth's husband, John. Accusations of witchcraft are made, and many women, including Elizabeth, are arrested. John joins other sensible townspeople to contradict the charges. Charged and imprisoned himself, John must decide whether to live by swearing to a lie, or hang from telling the truth. Eliza ...
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  • Crucible Lying - 243 words
    Crucible Lying Notes for an essay on human weaknesses that are prominent in the Crucible Lying (pg. 10 - Abigail Williams) Abigail lied to Parris when he asked if she had slept with Proctor. (pg. 17 - All the Girls) They all agreed to say that they had only danced, nothing more. (pg. 109 - Elizabeth Proctor) Goody Proctor lied in court and said that her husband had not committed lechery. Greed (pg. 29 - Thomas Putnam) Mr. Putnam got angry with John Proctor for taking wood from what he thought was his own land when really Proctor bought it from Goody Nurses husband five months ago. (pg. 63 - Reverend Parris) Parris thought he needed golden candlesticks for the church so he had preached nothin ...
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  • Crucible Tale Of Trials - 1,198 words
    Crucible Tale Of Trials A political cartoon shows a massive stone wall surrounding tall office buildings which bear labels of "Department of Energy," "Defense Department," "National Security Agency," "CIA," and "FBI." Outside the wall, which is tagged "Government Secrecy," a couple huddles in a roofless hut called "Personal Non-Privacy." At the top of the cartoon is printed "Somehow I feel this is not the way the founders planned it." Indeed, America's founding fathers most likely did not plan for the United States to be governed in such a manner that the people of its democracy would feel debunked. How, then, did the United States since its founding in 1776 come to this feeling of exposure? ...
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  • Crucible Tale Of Trials - 1,164 words
    ... ious decisions, though, the government powered by theocracy had undermined both the people's rights and their privacy. One civilization taken by madness is harrowing enough, but the real-life drama that submerged Salem Village and left its people in a state of hysteria was unfortunately to be repeated in almost parallel form. Indeed, the similarities between the HUAC trials in the 1950s and the Salem witch trials as portrayed in The Crucible are horrifying. Both trials were initiated by individuals who called out the guiltiness of others in order to somehow better their own positions in society. Abigail Williams and her friends went against the conformity of their Puritan religion, which ...
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  • Death Of Salesman And Crucible - 5,122 words
    Death Of Salesman And Crucible Arthur Miller, winner of many literary and dramatic awards, is an incredibly influential force in American drama. His plays deal with issues common to every society. He makes the audience face fault, weakness, and ignorance; subjects we would typical hide from. At the same time he emphasizes strength, human spirit, and familial love. Alice Griffin believes that Miller's plays are important internationally (xii). He belongs to an international theater rather than a regional theater (Heilman 170). His plays are staged and studied by students to understand American life in Russia, P and, Iceland, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, and China to name a ...
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  • Holocaust And Crucible - 1,238 words
    Holocaust And Crucible Hitler believed in ethnic cleansing. He wanted the non-white race to disappear. To him non-whites were an inferior race. Individuals of Jewish descent were particularly singled out. Hitler ordered their imprisonment in concentration camps which had deplorable living conditions. Jewish "prisoners" were badly mistreated and then most were killed. This "ethnic cleansing" didnt just take place in Germany but all over Western Europe. The Crucible also tackles the problem of perception. In the reading the author describes how the characters believe that some people are more deserving of life than others. This perception is totally false but it continues to attract believers. ...
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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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  • John Proctor As A Tragic Hero - 504 words
    John Proctor As A Tragic Hero The Crucible, written in 1953 by Arthur Miller is an accurate portrait of the which hunts and trials in Salem Massachusetts during the 17th century. The story revolves around a man named John Proctor. Over the course of the book, John proctor goes from just being an observer in the which hunts, to having his wife accused, to being accused himself and eventually hung. John Proctor, a tragic hero, died due to his own faults. John Proctor lived out his life as a noble Christian man. He can be described as even tempered, and not easily led and also respected and even feared. He is also stubborn and possessed a strong sense of right and wrong. Of all of the character ...
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  • John Proctor: Sinner Or Saint - 778 words
    John Proctor: Sinner Or Saint? John Proctor, Sinner or Saint No person can completely steer clear of the trials and tribulations of his or her society. He who does may be vulnerable to serious allegations. If a man is to work well in his surroundings, he must partake in all aspects of his society or he is leaving himself open to unfavorable charges. In Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, John Proctor's lack of involvement in the Salem witch trials ultimately leads to his execution. John Proctor tries to avoid any involvement in the Salem witch trials. His reason for this attempt is motivated by his past fault of committing adultery with Abigail Williams. The guilt connected with his lechery makes ...
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  • Living In Salem, Massachusetts In 1692 During The Witchcraft Trials Must Had Been An - 777 words
    Living in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 during the Witchcraft Trials must had been an uncanny event to experience. The entire witchcraft hysteria started because people were pointing fingers at each other. Innocent women and children were being accused for ridiculous reasons such as mysterious book reading and having poppets, or rag dolls, lying around the house. The way the judicial system operated in the 1600's was entirely mismanaged. It let guilty people live and innocent people die. If one was accused they were given one of two choices, they could either confess and live or not confess and be hanged. Therefore innocent people that were being accused would confess to save their life, even ...
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