Arthur Miller's The Crucible Essay

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

The Crucible is based on the 'Salem Witch Trials' in 1692. In act 1 the audience find out that John Procter had an affair with Abigail
Williams, who was dancing in the woods, and that she still has feelings for him. When John denies their love Abigail starts accusing people of witchcraft. Act 2 is when we meet Elizabeth Procter who gets arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. In act 3 John goes to court trying to free his wife and the others but without much luck as he gets accused of mixing with the devil. He is then arrested. In act 4
John is willing to take the blame so that he and the others will stay alive. In the end John, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey all hang because John thought it was the
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The audience knew this but Elizabeth did not which shows the distant relationship. He does try to please Elizabeth, "If the crop is good I'll buy you George Jacob's heifer. How would that please you?" He asks first to see if he would be doing the right thing. After he says this he gets up and kisses Elizabeth but she would probably show no real reaction so he sits back down disappointed. Elizabeth then starts to tell John to go to Salem but Arthur Miller suggests she is scared about angering John.

After this happens Marry Warren, John and Elizabeth's maid, comes back from Salem after being forbidden to go there. John is very angry at this point and although no violence had taken place he is very close to going over the edge. An actor would show this by shouting and lots of quick elaborate movements. Also he grabs Mary. Mary then hands
Elizabeth a rag doll as if to apologise for doing wrong.

Mary then tells John and Elizabeth that Abigail has been accusing people of witchcraft and what was 14 is now 39 people arrested. She then goes to say how Elizabeth had been accused but she had been cleared by her saying," I never see no sign you ever sent your spirit out to hurt no one." Arthur Miller phrased this quote like this because it only says she didn't send out her spirit to hurt any one not she didn't send out her spirit at all which dose not put her completely in the clear. Elizabeth asked who accused her but Mary tells her that she is
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