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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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A prominent and influential twentieth century American playwright from Harlem, New York, Arthur Miller was a dramatist whose works are focused on human purpose. Some of his most famous works include Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, and The Crucible. Miller 's play, The Crucible, is based in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts. Throughout Salem in the spring of 1692, a wave of hysteria, fear, and panic fell on the settlers of the town caused by an increase in the belief of witches in the village. The tension of the situation increases when Reverend Parris catches his niece and the former servant of John Proctor, Abigail Williams, dancing and singing naked in the forest with about ten other girls from the village. Parris now suspects Abigail is a witch and attempts to get to the bottom of what was going on in the woods that fateful night by inviting Reverend Hale, a famous exorcist in the region, to help out. The appearance of Hale sets off a chain reaction in Salem which eventually results in the trials and hangings of many people who are falsely accused in the village. Throughout the entire process of these trials, many of the characters under go changes caused by the heat and pressure of the situation brought about by the mass fear of witchcraft in the village. John Proctor constantly changes as the play progresses moving from a guilt-ridden, independent farmer, to a person completely open to confessing his sin, and finally to a defiant man who has great
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