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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

Could someone briefly explain the plot of "The Crucible" to me (Arthur Miller)?

For my drama homework I have to do research on it, but the plot on wikipedia is SOOO long! I just want a brief overview of the storyline and stuff. Any extra information on characters would be a really big help too, thanks! :]

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    The Crucible is set in the small Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts. The play begins with the discovery by the despised local preacher Reverend Parris that some local girls were performing a sinful dance in the woods with the slave Tituba. One of the girls named Betty, upon being discovered, falls into an unconscious state. Panic spreads through the village as people believe that witchcraft is afoot. The town sends for the Reverend John Hale, an authority on witchcraft, to investigate. Reverend Parris questions Abigail Williams, the unofficial leader of the group of girls, regarding what took place in the forest. Abigail denies any witchcraft and claims she and the girls were just dancing.

    Abigail manipulates the other girls into not revealing what really happened in the forest that day. She is secretly infatuated with John Proctor with whom she had an affair while working at his home. Proctor has since rejected Abigail, but she is still in love with him. As the witch trials begin, Abigail and the girls lie and find a new power: accusing others of witchcraft. The madness and the hysteria build, and the girls continue to lie to seek revenge against those whom they do not like. Many residents, mainly the old and the sick, are found guilty and sentenced to execution.

    All are fooled by the girls including Thomas Danforth; the Judge believes the girls and many women are brought to trial. These people include John Proctor's wife Elizabeth Proctor, and other respectable citizens. Proctor tries to counter the girls by producing Mary, his servant, who is willing to admit the girls lied. However, all the girls accuse her of witchcraft, and Mary eventually accuses Proctor to save herself. Proctor is sentenced to death. The night before the execution, he gives in to the advice of Reverend John Hale and signs a confession. However, he will not let the confession be displayed in the church and rips it up. The play ends with Proctor being led off to his execution.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    A man learns the power of love, redemption and self-respect set in the Salem Witch Trials. They are supposed to be a parallel to the McCarthy age trials as well.

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  • Bill R
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    9 years ago

    Their are these good Puritan girls in the colonies before the revolution, who get this Caribbean born black woman familiar in Voodoo to help them with a spell so they will get married and live happily ever after, a local catches them and they are accused of being witches. rather than take the blame and be charged with blaspheme they take the blame off of them selves by make all kind of wild accusations about other people in town being witches and in league with the devil and compelling them to do it. throughout the movie innocent people are put to death, basically its about the Salem witch trials.

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  • jad62
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    9 years ago

    Since Wikipedia is SOOOO long and the story is on the banned book list; soap opera stars meet in an isolated village ruled by perverted laws.

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