The Crucible Literary Analysis Essay

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Literary Analysis: The Crucible The different settings shown throughout a play or book are key to how the writing comes alive. The settings in The Crucible, are just as important as the characters, if not more. Arthur Miller chooses to revolve each act around a main setting. Each individual setting brings alive new characters and a new plot to the play. The settings show four different perspectives of the lives in Salem. In the Crucible, Arthur Miller attempts to communicate to the readers the theme of hysteria through the settings of Reverend Parris’ house, John Proctors’ house, and the Salem meeting house. Arthur Miller begins to communicate the hysteria in town and how it will soon destroy Reverend Parris’ household. In Act I,…show more content…
In Act II, Arthur Miller sets the common room of Proctor’s house as the main setting. “To the right is a door opening, a fireplace at the left, and behind it a stairway leading upstairs.” (49). A common room is described as a combination of a kitchen, a living room, and a dining room. The room is clean yet dark. Proctor’s house starts out as a calm atmosphere compared to Reverend Parris’ chaotic home. Hysteria has stepped in the way of the townspeople private lives. It is no longer a dispute only on the outside of the houses but now it is talked about everywhere. Elizabeth and Proctor get into fights over little things that would not make them usually argue. Mary Warren warns Goody Proctor that Goody Osborne has been sentenced to hang and the Deputy Governor will permit it. She confessed that “she sometimes made a compact with Lucifer, and wrote her name in his black book- with her blood- and bound herself to torment Christians till God’s thrown dow- and we al must worship hell forevermore” (57). Blame is growing across Salem and Reverend Hale said, “ I myself have examined Tituba, Sarah Good, and numerous others that have confesses to dealing with the devil (68). Lies are spreading around the town and false accusations are spreading faster than a wildfire. Abigail blames Elizabeth Proctor for the needle in her stomach. Elizabeth…show more content…
In Act III, the Salem meeting house was transformed in the anteroom of the General Court. In the room she “tow high windows in the back wall, heavy beams jut out, boards of random widths make up the walls. At the right are two doors leading into the meeting house. There is a plain bench at the left and another at the right” (83). Since the courthouse was the church, it shows in Puritan theocracy, that the church and state were the same. The girls in the courthouse are under Abigail’s powers; when Abigail does something the girls do it as well. Accusations of witchcraft are thrown around the courthouse the entire scene. Martha Corey was the woman on trial when the scene began. She dined being a witch by saying “ I am innocent to a witch. I know not what a witch is…” (84). Judge Hathorne questions Goody Corey by asking “how do you know that are not a witch? (84) The either courthouse is a complete disaster and girls confess to witchcraft although they are innocent. Reverend Hale is frustrated with the whole incident and immediately leaves the court house in disgust and turning his back on Puritan authority. The town of Salem is disappointed and has become a crushed society Salem is not the same calm town that is was in the beginning of The Crucible. The Puritan society fears and values have all changed in a bad way. The town will never be the same as the Devil is believed

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