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. The narrator speculates that the lack of civil liberties, isolation from civilization, and lack of stability in the colony caused latent internal tensions which would contribute to the events depicted in the play.
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.
The narrator speculates that the lack of civil liberties, isolation from civilization, and lack of stability in the colony caused latent internal tensions which would contribute to the events depicted in the play.
His ten-year-old daughter, Betty Parrislies motionless. The previous evening, Reverend Parris discovered Betty, some other girls, and his Barbadian slaveTitubaengaged in some sort of pagan ritual in the forest.
The village is rife with rumors of witchcraft and a crowd gathers outside Rev. Abigail denies they were engaged in witchcraft, claiming that they had been dancing. Afterwards, the wealthy and influential Thomas Putnam and his wife, Ann arrive.
The other girls involved in the incident join Abigail and a briefly roused Betty, who attempts to jump out of the window. Abigail coerces and threatens the others to "stick to their story" of merely dancing in the woods.
The other girls are frightened of the truth being revealed in actuality, they tried to conjure a curse against Elizabeth Proctor and being labelled witches, so they go along with Abigail. Betty then faints back into unconsciousness.
John Proctora local farmer and husband of Elizabeth, enters. It is revealed that Abigail once worked as a servant for the Proctors, and that she and John had an affair, for which she was fired. Abigail still harbors feelings for John and believes he does as well, but John says he does not.
Abigail angrily mocks John for denying his true feelings for her. As they argue, Betty bolts upright and begins screaming. Parris runs back into the bedroom and various villagers arrive: Tensions between them soon emerge. Rebecca is rational and suggests a doctor be called instead.
Putnam and Corey have been feuding over land ownership. Parris is unhappy with his salary and living conditions as minister, and accuses Proctor of heading a conspiracy to oust him from the church. Abigail, standing quietly in a corner, witnesses all of this.
Reverend Hale arrives and begins his investigation. Before leaving, Giles fatefully remarks that he has noticed his wife reading unknown books and asks Hale to look into it. As the facts emerge, Abigail claims Tituba forced her to drink blood. Tituba counters that Abigail begged her to conjure a deadly curse.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. The Crucible Arthur Miller. A NOTE ON THE HISTORICAL ACCURACY OF THIS PLAY This play is not history in the sense in which the word is used by the academic Which is not to say that nothing broke into this strict and somber way of life.
When a new farmhouse was built, friends assembled to raise the roof, and there would be. - Arthur Miller’s eminent play, The Crucible, is a product of literature set in Massachusetts, an era in which the city of Salem was under a stirring amount of hysteria due to .
- The Importance of Act Four in The Crucible We have been exploring and analysing “The crucible”, a play by Arthur Miller. A play written during the hysteria of McCarthyism, in the 's.
This is reflected in some of the issues raised in the play. Prior to the opening of the play, Abigail worked as a servant in the Proctor home. Elizabeth Proctor was ill at the time and Abigail took on more responsibility within the Proctor household. When Elizabeth discovered the affair, she dismissed Abigail.
Who Was Arthur Miller? Born in Harlem, New York, in , Arthur Miller attended the University of Michigan before moving back East to write dramas for the benjaminpohle.com: Oct 17,