Imagine you know a family with three young children. John refuses to back down and submits a deposition signed by ninety-one locals attesting to the good character of Elizabeth, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey.
She and John have a lengthy discussion, during which she commends him for holding out and not confessing.
As the curtain closes, the three continue with their accusations as Hale orders the arrest of the named people and sends for judges to try them.
Suddenly, Giles Corey and Francis Nurse enter the house and inform John The crucible by arthur miller the Hale that both of their wives have been arrested on charges of witchcraft; Martha Corey for reading suspicious books and Rebecca Nurse on charges of sacrificing children.
John is reluctant, fearing that doing so will require him to publicly reveal his past adultery. In an environment where reputation plays such an important role, the fear of guilt by association becomes particularly pernicious. Tituba, sharing a cell with Sarah Good, appears to have gone insane from all of the hysteria, hearing voices and now actually claiming to talk to Satan.
The village has become dysfunctional with so many people in prison or dead, and with the arrival of news of rebellion against the courts in nearby Andoverwhispers abound of an uprising in Salem.
Parris threatens to whip Tituba to death if she does not confess to witchcraft.
Betty wakes, and Abigail threatens the other girls with violence if they tell anyone that she drank blood and cast a spell in order to kill Goody Proctor. Hale questions Mary Warren and learns that she sewed the poppet and stored the needle inside. Eight days later, Elizabeth discovers that Proctor spoke to Abigail privately while in Salem.
Tituba counters that Abigail begged her to conjure a deadly curse.
Putnam had lost seven infant children. Marshal Herrick then arrives and arrests Elizabeth. Hysteria supplants logic and enables people to believe that their neighbors, whom they have always considered upstanding people, are committing absurd and unbelievable crimes—communing with the devil, killing babies, and so on.
When the trials begin, he is appointed as a prosecutor and helps convict the majority of those accused of witchcraft. Towards the end of the play, he is betrayed by his niece Abigail and begins receiving death threats from angry relatives of the condemned.
Hale learns that the girls were dancing in the woods with Tituba, and that Tituba can conjure spirits. Abigail coerces and threatens the others to "stick to their story" of merely dancing in the woods.
Putnam accuses Proctor of stealing wood from land that he does not own, but Proctor defends himself, stating that he purchased the land from Francis Nurse five months ago.
Not knowing that her husband has confessed it, Elizabeth lies about the affair and is returned to jail. Abigail angrily mocks John for denying his true feelings for her. Confusion and hysteria begin to overtake the room. Giles Corey tells the court he has proof that Putnam is accusing his neighbors of witchcraft in order to gain their land.
Abigail blames Tituba for enticing her to sin. Synopsis Act One The opening narration explains the context of Salem and the Puritan colonists of Massachusettswhich the narrator depicts as an isolated theocratic society in constant conflict with Native Americans.
John knows their apparent possession and accusations of witchcraft are untrue, as Abigail told him as much when they were alone together in the first act, but is unsure of how to confess without revealing the affair.
Danforth refuses, stating that pardons or postponement would cast doubt on the veracity of previous confessions and hangings.
Proctor confesses and signs a written affidavit, but he destroys the document rather than have it posted on the church door. Mary Warren tells Proctor that some of the girls accused Elizabeth of witchcraft, but the court dismissed the charge because Mary Warren defended her.
He moved to Concord in or She is bitter towards Hale, both for doubting her earlier and for wanting John to give in and ruin his good name, but agrees to speak with her husband, if only to say goodbye. She has one daughter, Ruth in real life, Ann Putnam, Jr.
They were lashing out at their own repressive society, possibly egged on by parents who wanted to use them as weapons in battles over land.
Betty then faints back into unconsciousness. Proctor names nine successfully, but he forgets the commandment forbidding adultery. Miller brought up the very real issues of property and land-lust that dominated the real trial. There is talk in the village of an unnatural cause.
In the end, hysteria can thrive only because people benefit from it. Danforth replies that given the "invisible nature" of witchcraft, the word of the accused and their advocates cannot be trusted.
When Danforth threatens him with arrest for contemptGiles argues that he cannot be arrested for "contempt of a hearing. The well-respected Rebecca Nurse is visiting the Parris household and calms her.By Arthur Miller The New Yorker, October 21, P.
LIFE AND LETTERS about the inspiration for and influence of Miller's play, "The Crucible," a reflection of the Communist witchhunts of its time. The Crucible: a play in four acts, Arthur Miller The Crucible is a play by American playwright Arthur Miller.
Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists/5.
The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in The action begins in the home of Reverend Parris, whose daughter Betty lies unconscious and appears very ill.
The action begins in the home of Reverend Parris, whose daughter Betty. The Crucible By Arthur Miller ACT I: Scene 1 SETTING: A bedroom in Reverend Samuel Parris‘ house, Salem, Massachusetts, in the Spring of the year, The Crucible is set in a theocratic society, in which the church and the state are one, and the religion is a strict, austere form of Protestantism known as Puritanism.
Because of the theocratic nature of the society, moral laws and state laws are one and the same: sin and the status of an individual’s soul are matters of public concern.
When Arthur Miller published The Crucible in the early s, he simply outdid the historians at their own game" (22). This lesson plan's goal is to examine the ways in which Miller interpreted the facts of the witch trials and successfully dramatized them.Download