The Crucible – Essay Planning

Choose a play which deals with the theme of honour or shame or betrayal. With reference to appropriate techniques, explain how the dramatist presents the theme and discuss why it is important to your understanding of the play as a whole.   “The Crucible” is a play written by American playwright Arthur Miller in 1953. It explores the tensions that arise in a Puritan community … Continue reading The Crucible – Essay Planning

The Crucible – Quotations

Elizabeth: I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. ANALYSIS: Elizabeth uses a metaphor to explain that Proctor will not forgive himself, that she no longer accuses him of any crime, but he judges himself continually. Proctor: Oh, Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer! ANALYSIS: Proctor responds, again using hyperbole, suggesting that Elizabeth has been emotionally cold to him … Continue reading The Crucible – Quotations

The Crucible – Act Three

Describe what the audience sees and hears when the scene begins. Why have Giles Corey and Francis Nurse come to intervene in the court proceedings? Why has John Proctor brought Mary Warren in the court? What is Parris’s opinion of John Proctor’s actions? How does Mary Warren explain her behaviour and that of Abigail and the other girls? What doe Proctor say is his reason … Continue reading The Crucible – Act Three

The Crucible – Act One (in progress)

The Crucible – Act One – Quotations   “…just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character.” – Parris to Abigail In Salem reputation is extremely important. Establishes tension between father and daughter.   “Your name in the town – it is entirely white, is it not?” – Parris to Abigail Parris is keen to know … Continue reading The Crucible – Act One (in progress)

The Crucible – Notes from class

Choose a play in which a central character experiences rejection, isolation or loneliness. Show how the dramatist makes you aware of the character’s situation and discuss how it adds to your understanding of character and/or theme in the play as a whole. Introduction:   “The Crucible” 1953 Arthur Miller Salem – 1600s – witch trials Proctor is isolated – by the town – by the … Continue reading The Crucible – Notes from class

Arthur Miller

Here is the link to the current BBC Arthur Miller season.Notes from class: The people of Salem held strict religious beliefs as a way of keeping their society together. However, because the religion was so strict, it inevitably led to the society breaking down, as people attempted to express their own personal desires and not those of the group. The accusers could benefit by accusing … Continue reading Arthur Miller