The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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While The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is only a four act play, it still resembles the format of a five act play. The five-act structure evolved from a three-act structure, which was made famous by Roman Aelius Donatus. Donatus came up with three types of plays: Protasis, Epitasis, and Catastrophe. The five-act structure helped to expand the three act structure, mainly made famous by Shakespeare through his many tragedies. Even though The Crucible contains only four acts, it still has the common composition of a five act play: an exposition, followed by the rising action, the climax, the falling action, closing with the denouement. Similar to a five-act play, The Crucible begins act one with the exposition, introducing the characters and the setting. The reader learns that Abigail Williams is the antagonist while John Proctor is the protagonist, also including characters such as Betty Parris, Tituba, and Reverends Parris and Hale. As the act goes on, Miller introduces an important detail of the conflict; Abigail and John are guilty of having an affair. While this is a vital part of the conflict, the main conflict of The Crucible is that many women in Salem, Massachusetts began being accused of witchery. Abigail wanted to hide the fact that she drank blood in order to kill Goody Proctor, as exclaimed by little Betty Parris “You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor! (Page 837).” To avoid being caught, Abigail…

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