The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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It’s 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, an extremely pious Puritan settlement in the New World. You are a woman in this strict society, and you are expected to keep your mouth shut and please your husband. You have virtually no power and your opinion is often overlooked, even when you are permitted to express one. This ideal for a woman is what was present in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. While the women of Miller’s play are diverse, they were generally treated as inferiors and expected to be subservient, although most of the women were adamant to express their opinions when given the chance, and some even went to great lengths to attain power. Some of the key female characters that embody specific archetypes of women are Abigail, Mary Warren, Elizabeth, and Rebecca Nurse, and Miller uses these characters to convey both a message within the play as well as a larger message about society as a whole. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible possesses an intense plot beginning with Puritan girls dancing in the woods, only to be discovered by the minister of Salem, Parris. Faced with severe punishment after two of the girls begin acting strange, Tituba, the slave accompanying the girls in the woods, confesses to witchcraft and accuses others of witchcraft. The girls of Salem, seeing an opportunity to seize power, confess also to being forced to pact with the Devil as well as accusing others of being witches, and the leader of their witch-hunting pack is Abigail, a very opinionated girl who…

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