Comparison Between The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Vinegar Tom by C. Churchill

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Comparison Between The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Vinegar Tom by C. Churchill

We are currently performing a piece of drama called 'The Crucible' and have studied a play called 'Vinegar Tom'. 'The Crucible' was written by Arthur Miller in 1953 and was set in Salem, Massachusetts USA in
1692. 'Vinegar Tom' was written in the 1970's and was set in the 17th century. Although 'Vinegar Tom' was written about the 17th century, the ideas parallel those of the issues of the 1970's. The issue was feminism. Although women were beginning to work the same jobs as men, their wages were drastically different, with men being paid a lot more for the same job. More women started to go to university in order to gain the qualifications that
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This is the same as the plot of 'The Crucible'. John Proctor will not give other peoples names in order to free his, and so is charged of being a witch. Arthur Miller was accused of being a communist and as he wouldn't give the names of others in order to free his name. After this was when 'The Crucible' was written. Both stories tell of false accusations, and of people scapegoating others.

In 'Vinegar Tom', anyone who said anything bad against anyone else, or anyone who was different to the normality, was scapegoated against and was rumoured to be a witch. If anything bad happened to anyone, then the same would be done- someone would be blamed and then accused of witchcraft against others.

In 'The Crucible' the plot is roughly the same. The accused would be given the chance to clear their name, as long as they gave the names of other people they knew were involved in witchcraft.

Religion was very important at the time of both stories, perhaps not so much in 'The Crucible' but religion was still quite a large part of people's lives. To not attend church was breaking the law. The puritan people frowned upon people who did not fit into the normality of their village. Satan was believed to pick out the weakest individuals to do possess- women, children.

I have used what I have found out from studying the two plays and adapted it into my production of 'The Crucible.' I play Abigail, the girl who starts up the accusations and is the

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