Othello And The Crucible Comparitive Esay

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Although drama is an informative, entertaining and diverse genre, due to the conventions of the genre, it is impossible to read any text without drawing parallels between the current, and a previous reading of another text. I found this to be particularly true in my reading of this extract from William Shakespeare’s Act I Scene III of ‘Othello’, which was impacted by my understandin g of Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. ‘Othello’ is a tragic drama which is set in the late sixteenth century in Venice, and narrates the demise of Othello as his loyalty is exploited by his closest friend, Iago. Similarly, ‘The Crucible’ is a tragic drama, although set in the early 1600s in the small new-england town of Salem, and narrates the demise of John Proctor and the town of Salem as it becomes overrun by the hysteria of the witch-hunts of the time. Through reading ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Othello’ we can see how this is true, as it us both a greater understanding of the genre of drama and of tragedy, as well as the characters, values, and themes in both plays.

Every play contains a crucial scene which decides the audience’s attitudes towards the characters and the values that the play promotes. In In The Crucible, this is the scene with Abigail Williams, when she is accused of consorting with the devil. “I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! ...I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw...” In this scene, Abigail deals with this conflict emotionally, by beginning to lie and manipulate the other characters by accusing others of witchcraft to absolve her of her guilt. From this scene we begin to understand her as an antagonist which is reaffirmed throughout the play, when her lies and manipulation eventually lead to the death of most of the town. By understanding both plays within the genre of tragedy, we understand that in both, there has to be both an antagonist, and
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