Literary Analysis Of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Date: July 24, 2017 At first, Arthur Miller has us, as readers, flipping back to the beginning of the book and checking the page numbers to make sure that we didn’t miss anything or to make sure that there weren’t pages ripped out of our books. Miller introduces the story after a big event (the event that caused the story) has already occurred. This can make it confusing for the reader to understand what more can happen, for Miller left out what seems to be an essential part of the story. Miller’s style in The Crucible requires the reader to think and draw their own conclusions about what happened the night before the play begins, and it is necessary for the reader to read all of the book to truly understand how the play follows the typical arc of Freytag’s Pyramid. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible follows the typical arc pattern of tragedy as defined by Freytag’s Pyramid because it has all the aspects of the pyramid, despite the fact that it seems as if (when first beginning the play) the reader is thrown into the middle of the drama. While it feels as if, as readers, we are thrown into the midst of the drama, this proves to be false. Despite that the play opens on a somewhat intense and action-packed/drama-filled scene, it becomes evident that this is only the exposition to the play. Miller uses this scene as an introduction to the problem at hand and as an introduction to the characters of the play, and how they interact. Throughout the first part of the play, Miller

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