A crucible represents the events in the town because it suggests how the town is boiling due to all the incidences going on within the society and how the court is trying to purify Salem of witchcraft and evil. The poppet represents the witchcraft within the play, because these types of dolls are connected to voodoo and other superstitious deeds that the Puritans considered evil. As it was found in the hands of the accused Elizabeth Proctor, they immediately concluded she was associated with witchcraft, this is obvious when Ezekiel Cheever says “’Tis hard proof! I find here a poppet Goody Proctor keeps.” When Abigail accuses Mary Warren of sending her spirit out to harm her in the church, Abigail uses the symbol of a bird and relates it to evil when she says “Why do you come, yellow bird?” Throughout history, bird
‘Abigail Williams is the most important character in The Crucible, whether she is on stage, or not.’ Discuss this statement, with reference to language, structure and dramatic devices. The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller, and is about the persecution of persons falsely accused of being witches in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, based on a true story. Many people died in villages after a series of lies and unjust practices, which is the core foundation of the play, the illusory untruth and the dishonesty of sly females to their male counterparts, and in some extent to other females; trying avoid the unmerited punishment of execution. Abigail Williams, after having had an affair with a married man named John Proctor,
Discuss time period. What were men like at this time? Why was Macbeth written? The audience is first introduced to Macbeth when the witches discuss their future plans to ‘meet with Macbeth’. We are unaware of the witches plans regarding Macbeth but it is clear that they are planning to meet him to unleash evil in the play at that is what witches do.
Continuously throughout the text she performs acts of deception which tragically condemn others to death just to cover her lies. Miller exhibits that power lies with those who have people to impose it upon. This power is demonstrated most effectively in Mary Warren’s retraction in Act 3. When Mary confesses against the witchcraft is Salem Abigail and the other girls abuse the power of unity and accuse Mary of spiritually attacking them. Abigail says, ‘Oh please Mary!
Towards the end of Act II he starts to have some suspicion on what is going on because now Elizabeth Proctor is accused of witchcraft. During the middle and end of Act III when John Proctor is testifying and Abigail is doing her hallucination. Hale begins to join John, Giles, and Francis against the court. He sees the truth on why the trials are happening and he tries to help them out. “I beg you, stop now before another is condemned!
Q: “We can choose to belong or not belong. To what extent do the experiences of individuals and their place in society influence their decisions on belonging?” Respond to this statement, referring in detail to your prescribed text, The Crucible and at least one text of your own choosing (Boy in the Striped Pajamas) The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play that explores how the witch trials in 1692 shaped the choices to belong or not belong within the society of Salem, Massachusetts. Miller depicts these choices to his audience specifically through the two main characters, John Proctor and Abigail Williams. Throughout the play, Miller demonstrates how the themes of reputation and abuse of power significantly affected these individuals belonging
Survey of Am. Lit and Comp 18 October 2010 Crucible Essay In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the suspicion of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts consumes the people of the town with questions and accusations. The theme of this drama is that fear has the power to govern one’s actions. This theme ties in well with the Stephen Vincent Benet quote. “Persecution follows superstition and intolerance…once we light that fire we cannot foresee where it will end or what it will consume”.
The Crucible: A Test of One’s Morals The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play based around the witch trials of 1692. Throughout the story, many characters are at crossroads with themselves, questioning their own beliefs. The word “crucible” also means a “severe moral test”, which most characters go through at some point in the play. The most prominent situations in which crucibles are present include the situations of Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Reverend Hale. The task Abigail has to complete is to continue to pretend to see the devil.
In Act 2 scene 6 , Friar Lawrence’s soliloquy, he says that “these violent delights have violent ends.” So, as Shakespeare builds up each scene , bringing in the main characters of the play, the audience is warned that although the play circles around the love theme, it is also closely linked to violence and fate. Act 1 scene 1 shows a family feud between the Montague and Capulet’s servants . Violence runs constantly throughout the play. Even on the streets the servants verbally abuse each other. However, fate plays a more definite role in this play.