The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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As the various characters in The Crucible by Arthur Miller interact, the dominant theme of the consequences of women’s nonconformity begins to slide out from behind the curtains of the play. Such a theme reveals the gripping fear that inundated the Puritans during the seventeenth century. This fear led to the famous witch-hunts that primarily terrorized women who deviated from the Puritan vision of absolute obedience and orthodoxy. Arthur Miller presents his interpretation of the suffering by subtly introducing women who strayed from convention and paid the consequences. Throughout The Crucible, Arthur Miller delineates the historically austere Puritans’ perception and punition of women who differ from expectations, all while unraveling, through the characterization of Tituba, the harsh truth of how women were vided as lesser than men and feared if deviating. In the play, the pugnacious actions of the accusers on those accused of witchcraft unveil the conspicuous beliefs that buttress all actions regarding witchcraft. The accusers in the Salem court feign hysteria as they are aware of the potency of Sarah Good, Tituba, and many of the other accused witches (Miller 1209, Tunc Web). The display of pain is an attempt to create the impression that the Sarah and Tituba are infecting the “normal” girls (Tunc Web). Such hysteria allows Abigail to avoid allegations when she accuses Tituba and others of serving the Devil (Tunc Web, Miller 1154). According to Tanfer Tunc, in the…

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