"The Crucible" and "To Kill a Mockingbird": Compare the ways in which the two authors express THEMES of Power, Authority, Justice and Oppression.

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'The Crucible' is a play written by Arthur Miller in which he demonstrates the familiarities of the life he lived in the nineteen-fifties. He communicates through his work to the way people are in his society and what people were like in the seventeenth century. However, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a prose, written by Harper Lee in the nineteen-sixties in which she illustrates, how racism was acceptable, and injustice was a problem in which everyone faced in the nineteen-thirties. Both of these literally acclaimed works are based on real life events, whether that is the Salem which trials in The Crucible or childhood events in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

Looking at both of these works the first thing we see is the title. The word 'Crucible'
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In The Crucible, the technique is not visible. Actors are used to perform the play and dialogues are spoken. However, in 'To kill a Mockingbird', Lee uses first person narrative which is a child. Using a child as a narrator presents an interesting perspective of the issues in the text. The child narrator seems non-threatening and harmless, even humorous despite the serious topic of prejudice. The reader is made to understand more than the narrator throughout the text, and learn more about the text via the use of the narrator's questioning of serious issues. In 'The Crucible' Miller tells us, through stage direction, that the court is being held where as in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Scout tells us.

When the court takes place in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' nobody expects Atticus to defend a black man, a black man is wrong and a white girl is right. A judgement has already been made before the trial has begun and this is very much seen in 'The Crucible' too. This clearly shows justice is not dependant on evidence but social status and colour.

When the trial begins in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' evidence begins to show that Robinson is obviously innocent. Heck Tate and Mr. Ewell take the stand in Tom Robinson's trial, giving further evidence to prove Robinson's innocence.

Atticus points out that a left-handed man must have beaten Mayella Ewell. He

goes on to show that while Mr. Ewell is left-handed, Tom Robinson's left arm

is crippled due
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