Dramatic Irony In The Crucible

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Is it always wrong to die for the truth, or leave because of a white lie? The Salem witch trials of 1692 are the needle in the haystack of this question. The trials began because some teenage girls danced in the forest, and fell "ill" after they were caught. No natural causes were found, so the doctor suspected witchcraft...which lead to Tituba, the girl's slave, being accused of bewitching them, and, to save her hide, she began to blame others. A storm of accusations, hangings, and lies caught the town of Salem, the question popping up years later;Is everything as true as it appears to be? Arthur Miller Playwright uses abundant examples of irony in The Crucible to accentuate that, perhaps, appearances just might be deceiving during the infamous…show more content…
For example, Reverend Hale, after questioning John Proctor about why his last born son isn't baptized, he gets,"I see no light of God in the man"(1242) as a comment. Hale response seriously with, "The man's ordained, therefore, the light of God is in him." (1242) Hale was new, so he didn't understand that the preacher John was talking about, Parrish, was a greedy,prideful, and selfish man, though the audience and John knew.Outward appearances in people may be extremely contrasted to the inward truth of the person...someone could be smiling and laughing, but inward could be miserable. The abundant examples of irony in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible hints that appearances can often be deceiving from reality. Verbal irony has created confusion and suspicion because people say things, when they mean an entirely different definition. Situational irony causes tension and suspicion because expectations in the audience and cast aren't met. Situational irony has involved the audience in the action because they know things the characters don't. Perhaps Miler wanted the audience to realize that to see through appearances, they first have to face reality head on, or they may just be
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