Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible '

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Charles Whatley Dr. Bonnie Ronson English 1102 Sunday, June 14 2432 I. Topic Sentence The conflict that presents itself to the characters Reverend Parris, Reverend Hale, and John Proctor forces them to reflect upon themselves and ultimately change the nature of how the deal with conflict in the world. II. Biographical Arthur Miller was a controversial playwright during the 1950’s and 60’s, note because of the material that he choose to write about, but because of the events that took place surrounding one of his best works: The Crucible. One of his friends and a fellow playwright Elia Kazan was accused of being a Communist by the house Un-American Activities Committee. Elia, who had admitted to being previously a Communist during the 1930’s (long before the cold war) was asked before the committee to testify what he knew of Communists in the United states. Elia was afraid of losing his career to the charge of being a communist and cooperated with the community. Arthur Miller had previously testified to the committee and revealed no information to them, earning him jail time. These were the events that inspired Arthur Miller to visit Salem Massachusetts and research the witch trials. Ultimately this lead him to creating his most well known work: The Crucible. IV. Illustrations Reverend Parris At the beginning of the play Reverend Parris portrays himself as a very upright puritan that is only interested in protecting his flock and keeping the church together.
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