The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay

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The film The Crucible, based upon Arthur Millar's thought-provoking play, captures the audiences attention as they are lead from misguided but seemingly harmless beginnings through to a mass hysteria which culminates in a climacteric ending. The Crucible details the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 which victimised the townspeople through their own weaknesses as a society and resulted in the hangings of accused witches. The ending shows the true nature of characters revealed, forgiveness, loss of power, strength within ones self and the disintegration of order.

What begins as a young woman's desire for vengeance and a group of girls roped into the scheme quickly snowballs into an uncontrollable torrent of accusations and soon the quiet town
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John Proctor enters and Abigail tries to seduce him, revealing her true intentions that she has had an affair with John Proctor and seeks to destroy his marriage further. Abigail admits to him that Betty's illness had naught to do with witchcraft and at the time Proctor laughs the nonsense off, unaware that their childish games will cost him much.

Parris summons Reverend Hale of Beverly to investigate the basis of the strange happenings within Salem and discern whether the devil is at work. Hale is a self-proclaimed expert of witchcraft with a palpable air of pomposity. He approaches the situation by trying to explain supernatural phenomenon with intellect and reason, which is ironic as all they can rely on is the testimony of young frightened girls and no solid evidence.

Accusations fly and soon hysteria grips the town as many of the ill-respected member of society are brought to trial, soon followed by the upright figures of decency, Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, and as a revengeful blow by Abigail, Elizabeth Proctor is accused. Abigail relishes the attention and power she holds over the town. Rather than being damned as a "whore'' and liar she is exalted as an official of the court on a godly mission. The other girls follow her lead as they are to terrified of what will happen to them if they refuse.

Proctor hesitates to get involved and denounce Abigail as a liar due to his embarrassing past with her. He finally speaks our when his own

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