Red Badge Of Courage Essay

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English III CP 23 November 2010 The Settings of The Crucible Setting refers to the time and place in which a story occurs. In Arthur Miller’s drama The Crucible, set in the village of Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692, the minister Reverend Parris has caught a group of young girls and his slave Tituba dancing in the forest, the last abode of Satan. Overcome by terror, at least two of the girls exhibit strange physical symptoms, and the good people of Salem jump to the conclusion that witchcraft afflicts them. When Reverend Hale, a witchcraft expert, arrives to examine the victims, Tituba confesses to having signed her name in the Devil’s book, and mass hysteria ensues. The four acts of The Crucible occur at Reverend Parris’s house, at John Proctor’s house, at the meeting house, and at the jail. Act One of The Crucible takes place at the home of Reverend Parris. As news of the sick children spreads, prominent Salem citizens hasten to the minister’s house to discuss the possibility that witchcraft has infected the town. Before others arrive, Reverend Parris questions his niece Abigail about the previous night and about her reputation in the community. According to Martin, “The real danger Parris fears, however, is less from diabolical spirits than from the ruin that may fall upon him when his enemies learn that his daughter is suffering from the effects of witchcraft.” Abigail then confesses to her uncle that the girls danced in the woods, but denies that they conjured spirits. Abigail also denies that her reputation is soiled, insisting instead that John Proctor’s wife, her former employer, is a difficult woman. Abigail says, “She hates me, uncle, she must for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman” (Miller 1.17). The first neighbor to reach the Parris house is Mrs.

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