The atmosphere in the courtroom intensifies as mass hysteria takes control. There must be a counter-party. On a literal level the village ceased to operate. But we [in the theater] have an atmosphere of dread just the same, an unconsciously—or consciously—accepted party line, a sanctified complex of moods and attitudes, proper and improper.
Realizing that the verbiage thrown around by this UnAmerican Activities Committee sounded similar to the language used in the Salem Witch Trials. It was also a community riven with schisms, which centered on the person of the Reverend Parris, whose materialism and self-concern were more than many could stomach, including a landowner and innkeeper called John Proctor.
This disturbs Danforth, who asks if the man realizes that he has sent four hundred people to jail so far and that seventy-two are to be hanged. Dramatically he accomplished it by using the structured formality of the court hearings, albeit hearings penetrated by the partly hysterical, partly calculated interventions of the accusing girls.
But Hale does not understand that Danforth has no desire to be viewed as merciful. He was, meanwhile, cited for contempt of Congress, and received a fine and prison sentence, subsequently quashed on appeal. In the s, the U. I am with God! Hale urges the men to leave the couple alone, which they do, but only after Danforth urges Proctor to confess.
If Proctor emerges as a leader, it is inadvertently as he fights to defend the wife he has wronged and whose life he has placed in jeopardy because of his affair with Abigail.
Proctor, with trouble, tells Hale that Abigail said the excursion in the woods had nothing to do with witchcraft. For example, victims of societal prejudice were accused first—a black slave from a faraway land and another woman who was poverty stricken and pregnant and unmarried.
Rebellion, when it came, was thus likely to take as its target first those with least access to power, then those for whom virtue alone was insufficient protection. Having heard the school gave writing prizes, he enrolled in journalism classes, and within eighteen months he began writing plays, winning the Avery Hopwood Award on his first try for a piece he had written in just four days, Honors at Dawn.
He became increasingly involved in leftist organizations and liberal causes.
Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits? Its social benignity is also beyond my questioning; American society continues to benefit by this play.
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Start studying Notes On Arthur Miller And The Crucible. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Arthur Miller is a great author that uses many forms of syntax, figurative language, and diction to enhance his writing throughout The Crucible.
Miller uses figurative language throughout The Crucible, to put emphasis on certain ideas and things.
Interestingly, in the notebook Arthur Miller started at this time, he noted that It must be tragic and, when The Crucible opened in New York, inhe remarked, Salem is one of the few dramas in history with a beginning, a middle and an end.
Parallels between Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, and his article Why I wrote the Crucible, can easily support Miller’s reasons for writing this classic play.
Miller’s purpose in writing both the play and the article was to emphasize the similarities between the witch hunt and the ’s Red Scare. Social Criticism in Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, is a chronological narrative including a large cast of characters with a constantly moving setting.* The Crucible is a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials of and an allegory of the McCarthyism period.Download