The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a dramatic play that expresses a very important message and that is how far people would go to save themselves from the hands of death. There are many characters in the Crucible who are guilty of taking innocent lives, but there are three major characters who, without a doubt, are the most at blame. The play takes place in the city of Salem, a city filled with people that would do anything to keep their reputation clean. Throughout the play, Miller is introducing multiple characters that experience changes in their decisions and negatively influence more people eventually leading up to the witch trials. The main point that the story revolves around is that people would rather lie and blame someone else instead of confessing and accepting the punishment.
Shakespeare used supernatural themes to show how fate was shown in the play. Macbeth fate was heavily influence by the witches, as a result the witches were controlling the actions of Macbeth and Macbeth was being driven by fear and expectations. As Macbeth rises in power his actions became more evil and people around him are being hurt and influenced by his actions. One of the scenes in Macbeth shows the witches summoning the apparitions as Macbeth watches. The second apparition said to Macbeth “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”.
They used fear in order to convince people to confess to witchcraft. People were being hanged in front of the town, and as those accused did not want to meet the same fate, they confessed because they were in fear. This was very effective in the Crucible as it was able to create tension among the town of Salem. It caused people to fear, and turn against each other and create mass tension. Fear was a very important type of propaganda in the Crucible, but there is one more very important
Abigail Williams’ Influence Is it okay for a person to lie and hurt other people just to keep him or herself safe? In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, Abigail Williams lies, a lot, to keep herself safe. Throughout the story, many people are accused of witchcraft. When a person is accused of witchcraft, it is very easy for them to get out of the accusation if they lie. The lies that are told shifts the belief of who knows witchcraft, and Abigail Williams uses those lies to gain influence over other people.
Witchcraft and sorcery as a way of making sense of why bad things happen to human beings. When bad things happen to human beings, they try to find reason for their misfortune. There are some societies where they do not believe in bad luck, everything happens because someone caused it and so witchcraft and sorcery are often used to make sense of misfortunes. Witchcraft can be said to be an expression of a malign power in a person’s body while sorcery is the use of a magical craft or knowledge of it to harm or benefit others. Witchcraft is often seen as a consuming force that eats life power of the victim (Steward 2004: 1).
Miller’s use of rhetorical strategies is used to describe the audience's viewpoint during real-life time events through the fictionalized story of the Salem in which it demonstrates witch trials in Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 1692-3 in which were the same situation. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, was written during the late 40s and the early 50s illustrates the effects of paranoia during the “Red Scare”. Paranoia can make people alter their future outcomes with their actions when fear is introduced upon society, questioning ethnic morals will lead to consequences that shall be brought upon if broken. The situation brought tension between society, leading to the loss of each other and betrayal upon each other. Miller's use
Power, the ability to maintain control, command, or authority over others can often be determined by one’s reputation and their ability to persuade others. This principle is displayed within The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, which follows the town of Salem, Massachusetts navigating through a “Witchcraft” outbreak supposedly lead by the Devil. Within such a theocratic society such as Salem, the Devil is often associated with death, fear, and uncertainty, with his name alone often believed to influence others into following through with certain actions. The Devil, as a key figure behind the “witchcraft” occurring in Salem, is crafted by Miller as the most influential “character” based off the fear derived from his infamous reputation and his ability to control characters’ actions. Within a society with very strong puritan ideals, the Devil is renowned for his cruel reputation.
In the story, a narrator carefully conceals his murder but in the end he reveals his crime, as his conscience acting up. Edgar Allen Poe himself says, “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity” and this could have had an impact on the way he wrote his stories. I believe that Poe uses the first person narrator in his stories to show insanity because it adds to his morbid life. His history seems to be the reason for his writing that have to do with insanity. Given this story of his life, it is possible to think that his use of the first person narrator and the way that he tells the stories could be a mirror to his
¨Characterization is an accident that flows out of action and dialogue¨ ,by Jack Woodford, describes how characterization occurs. There are many way that authors create and describe the characters for their stories. In “ The Cask of Amontillado¨, ¨Thank you M 'am¨, and ¨The Most dangerous game¨ the character Montresor, Mrs. Jones, and Zaroff by the use of speech, action, or appearance. In The Cask of Amontillado, Thank you Mam, and The Most dangerous game the author uses characters speech to develop the character personality. In the story The Most Dangerous Game Rainsford said to Zaroff, ¨¨but what game, began Rainsford.¨ Ill tell you.¨¨ This shows that Zaroff has an enigmatic personality.
Throughout his stages of character development it is easy to depict what changes have occurred and what has influenced such a transition. In Act ii-iii it is presented that his evil conscience is what built his downfall.When Macbeth was informed that Duncan made him the Thane of Cawsor, he gives into the temptations suggested by the witches and becomes merciless towards the act of murder. In this case Macbeth states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function; is smother’d in sunrise.” (i.iii.139-141). Macbeth demonstrates treacherous personality traits by acting inhumane towards crimes that he wouldn’t have committed before the prophecies Lady Macbeth however, has this contagious hold on Macbeth hand which influences his actions. For one, she intrigues his masculinity in order to persuade him to commit malicious crimes.
If denied these accusations you were blacklisted. When you are blacklisted this meant for many that their promising careers would terminate. The Crucible is a story about a town accusing people of being witches if you were found to be a “witch” you were hang. After learning about McCarthyism, it is apparent that people had many ulterior motives for their actions, also conflicts and groups of people become apparent. McCarthyism shed light to my eyes that there was more to Salem.
Arthur miller greatest stage play The Crucible wrote in 1953. The crucible was wrote as a metaphor to the mccarthy trials . Mr. Miller described the book witchcraft trials which is a whole different time period but, this book was trying to represent that the time of the mccarthyism, and how everyone was being accused and harassed for being a commie. In fact Mr. Miller himself was accused for being a commie. In his stage play he made similar connection, like how he had the characters all be accused of witchcraft and even anyone who talk or looked like one was accused , many of the them where innocent people.
The Red Scare was intimidating and shocking and Americans did not want that to spread by nativism to take over the U.S (Doc 1). Bolshevism was thought to drag down civilization in a mess caused by WWI (Doc 7). Bolsheviks were causing negativity in America, caused strikes and negatively influenced the social ideas of Americans (Doc 8). The spread of communism caused Americans to come together and show what kind of nation they really are. Patriotism and nationalism arose to counter other beliefs and immigrant biases.
If you are being threatened of life or death with false statements would you take the blame or would you blame others? The crucible is an allegory because they believe that people are symbolic for the devil and witch craft. However the crucible also relates to the red scarce because people are being accused and it just leads to people being afraid and deaths. The crucible connects to real life by persecuting a lot of innocent people just like the red scarce. The red scarce is a witch hunt with suspected communist supporters.
They both have evil demon that is vividly realized as the artificial intelligence that forces a virtual reality on humans. Descartes mediations and the movie uses the dream metaphor of the deception of people by a demon. Descartes brings into doubt things that would otherwise be impossible to doubt. Morpheus states this in the movie when he poses the question of what reality really is. Descartes brings into doubt all the senses because once something has been known to deceive, it is prudent to not trust it.