The Crucible Act 1 Scene 1 Analysis

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Breeze desperately wants to solve this murder case and he will do anything to place the blame on someone. One night, Breeze and his partner, Spangler, decide to give Marlowe a visit. Although Marlowe does not invite them into his apartment, they come in anyways and start snooping around. They have no warrant and could get in a lot of trouble if they get caught. The atmosphere of this scene may be uncomfortable, but Marlowe finds a way to add a humorous tone to the situation by giving both on duty officers a drink. Throughout the night, Breeze asks Marlowe many questions about the murder case. As the night progresses, Marlowe becomes the one controlling the conversations and puts detective Breeze in a difficult situation. In this scene, we understand…show more content…
This relates to the saying that things are always better when there is a chance of getting in trouble. To some readers, this shows that Breeze cannot be trusted. Since he is willing to come into someone’s home and snoop around without any warrant and also take a drink while he is on duty, Breeze will surely play dirty to get answers. Marlowe also describes Breeze as, “excited as a hole in the wall,” but Spangler “looked as if he was going to jump” (Chandler, 116). This could indicate to some readers that Spangler is a new detective and he gets excited easily because he’s rarely been on any cases. This could also show that Breeze has a better poker face than Spangler and they are hiding something from…show more content…
In the beginning of this scene, Marlowe is about to start a chess game against himself. The phrase, “the chessmen, red and white bone, were lined up and ready to go” makes the reader imagine a life-size chess game (Chandler 109). To Marlowe, this is his life. Breeze wonders why Marlowe plays chess by himself and he doesn’t seem to understand the problems Marlowe works out while playing chess. The reader understands that Marlowe has an ingenious way of working through problems and finding
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