Analysis Of The Jail Scene In The Crucible

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Miller’s purpose for setting this scene in a jail cell is to set the mood of Act Four. Miller describes the cell as. “The place is in darkness but for the moonlight seeping through the bars. It appears empty.” (121), to convey the sense of gloominess that rolls into the town. He achieves this by utilizing word choice. By using words such as “darkness” and “seeping,” Miller takes advantage of these words’ negative connotations to produce a dreary and depressing mood. In addition, Miller also sets the scene at a jail to show the kind of conditions many of the accused people were imprisoned in. It reveals a reason behind why the people of Salem accused others or refused to speak any names in court. In order to protect themselves or others from
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