The Crucible – Setting Essay

Choose a play in which the historical and/or geographical and/or social setting is important to your understanding of the play. Explain how the dramatist presents the setting and discuss why it is important to your understanding of the play as a whole.   Setting in both time and geography are key elements to the success for Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama, “The Crucible”. He grafts the … Continue reading The Crucible – Setting Essay

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

The Crucible – Conclusions

1. Answer the question directly 2. Summarise your own answer 3. What does the audience learn 1. John Proctor’s past crimes become inescapable to him, and form the subsequent events that happen to him. 2. His affair with Abigail prompted her obsession, and that obsession led to the witch frenzy. Her attempt to have Proctor’s wife executed led to Proctor himself destroying his own reputation … Continue reading The Crucible – Conclusions

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

The Crucible – Quotation Test

  1.       A quotation which shows the conflict between Proctor and Parris. I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I’ll not conceal it. 2.       A quotation which shows Proctor’s rejection of Abigail. Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my … Continue reading The Crucible – Quotation Test

The Crucible – Why is Proctor Insecure?

Puritan society – Proctor is a dissenter – conflict with Parris – feels the minister is draconian Proctor is tortured by guilt for breaking the rules of the Bible, and of his society – throughout he tries to “make right” his relationship with his wife – he absolutely rejects Abigail – affair must be kept secret Reputation is all in the village – a person’s … Continue reading The Crucible – Why is Proctor Insecure?

Crucible – Essay Notes

Choose a play in which a character makes a crucial error. Explain what the error is and discuss to what extent it is important to your understanding of the character’s situation in the play as a whole. Answers to questions on drama should address relevantly the central concern(s)/theme(s) of the text and be supported by reference to appropriate dramatic techniques such as: conflict, characterisation, key … Continue reading Crucible – Essay Notes

Key Themes in “The Crucible”

  The value of a person’s reputation/ name. –         Shown in the character of Proctor. –         He must sacrifice his name in order to save his wife. –         He is a symbolic “everyman” – his experience is the same as everyone watching – his life is a lesson to the audience. –         He represents all critics of the McCarthy witch trials. –         He shows that … Continue reading Key Themes in “The Crucible”

The Crucible – Notes from Class

These have been copied and pasted from the board. Hope they’re of use. An important truth is revealed. What is it? How is it significant to character. Introduction –         Name of the text                “The Crucible” –         Date of publication            “1952” –         Playwright                            “Arthur Miller” –         Gist                                         “The impact of a group of teenagers accusing                                                  others of witchcraft in a small New England town … Continue reading The Crucible – Notes from Class

Higher – Quotation Analysis Task

Use the quotation sheets from class and analyse each using the following headings. Context  * Who is speaking? * To whom are they speaking? * What is happening at that point in the play? * What is the character’s frame of mind, and why?  Analysis  * Which linguistic techniques are being employed? * How do the techniques reinforce your answers about the context?  In the … Continue reading Higher – Quotation Analysis Task

The Salem Witch Trials

1.       When did the hysteria take place? 1692 2.       Where did it happen? New Hampshire 3.       Where else had witches been hunted in the world? Across Europe 4.       How many people were killed in these witch hunts? 40-50,000 5.       What does the Bible say about witchcraft? “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” 6.       Which book was used as the authority for witch hunts? … Continue reading The Salem Witch Trials

The Crucible – Broad Ideas for the Essay

Intro:   Title/ Playwright                         Which revelation                         Why is iit significant to the charcter Section 1:                         Proctor confesses – in court – lechery The revelation as the climax How do events build to that point?             Affair with Abi             Her denial of its ending John rejects her             Abi’s motive for witch accusations             Starts the witch-hunt             Acusation against Elizabeth –          … Continue reading The Crucible – Broad Ideas for the Essay

The Crucible – Rough Notes

Just some rough notes from a pupil meeting this evening. Your essays will go much further than this skeleton. Choose from a play a scene in which an important truth is revealed. Briefly explain what the important truth is and assess the significance of its revelation to your understanding of theme or character. Answers to questions on drama should address relevantly the central concern(s)/theme(s) of … Continue reading The Crucible – Rough Notes

The Crucible – Essay Questions

Answer ONE of these two questions. Hand in on Thursday 17th November. 1. Choose a play set in a society whose values conflict with those of a central character or characters. Describe this difference in values and discuss how effectively the opposition of values enhances your appreciation of the play as a whole. 2. Choose a play which has a theme of revenge or betrayal … Continue reading The Crucible – Essay Questions