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The Crucible introduction: Eaton Rapids High School

To be used with Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible".
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Melissa Brown

on 6 September 2012

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Transcript of The Crucible introduction: Eaton Rapids High School

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller The Facts Salem, Massachusetts
1692
Forbidden to read anything other than the Bible
Forbidden to participate or indulge in anything enjoyable
Strict and somber way of life
Indians were considered to be dangerous heathens hiding in the wilderness
Theocracy Where the Devil was thought to live! Combined state political power and religious power HYSTERIA FEAR WITCH HUNT LIES RUMORS INFIDELITY JUDGMENT GOD SATAN Themes and Key Issues The Context This piece of literature reflects the events of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692,
but on a larger scale is also a commentary on the period in our political history when
Joseph McCarthy sparked mass hysteria by believing communism existed in the United States
and ultimately falsely accused about 500 hundred people of being involved in Communist activities.
For more information, research The Great Fear and McCarthyism. The Characters The Girls betty tituba mary abigail The Holy Rev. Parris Rev. Hale The Married the putnams the proctors the nurses The Righteous Judge Hathorne deputy governor danforth Wait- Isn't this the same as holy?
Yes, in a Theocracy it is. The Assessments Reading Quizzes Activities unit test vocabulary the coreys Literary Elements irony Body Body Tone author’s speech,
stated or implied,
toward a subject Ex: optimism, seriousness,
bitterness, humorous Mood can be revealed
through choice
of words and details. MOOD:
climate of feeling author may create a mood
of mystery around
a character or setting contrast between what is expected or what appears to be and what actually is. Types Verbal
Irony Situational
Irony Dramatic
Irony contrast between what is said refers to a situation/event
that is oppositie of what
is expected or intended. audience or reader knows
more than the characters know. Foreshadow use of hints or clues
to suggest events that will
occur later in the story hinted at through
dialogue, description, or the attitudes
and reactions of the characters Allegory representation of ideas
or moral principles by means
of symbolic characters, events, or objects hunt for Communists in
American during the 1950s Allusion A brief reference to a
person, event, or place, real or fictitious,
or to a work of art may be drawn from history
, geography, literature,
or religion. Simile Metaphor Comparison using
like or as Ex: The muscles on
his brawny arms are
strong as iron bands. implied comparison between
two relatively unlike things The road was a ribbon of moonlight. Abigail: niece of Parris; a very emotionally strong person Mary: works for the Proctor's; emotionally unstable Betty: Reverend Parris' daughter;
caught dancing and pretends to see spirits Tituba: Parris' slave who teaches the girls about spirits; easy target for blame Rev. Parris: local minister; materialistic and selfish Rev. Hale: witchcraft expert Danforth: law obiding judge at the witch trials Rebecca: kind-hearted midwife to the Putnams
Francis: well-respected; head of household Putnams: wealthy landowners;
holds many grudges in the town.
Daughter Ruth is sole survivor of 8 children Elizabeth: incapable of lying
John: well respected in town, but he
had secret affair with Abigail Williams; doesn't agree with Rev. Parris' church Fear, self-interest emotions control your logic and thinking Hysteria Wild Finger Pointing Puritan Ethics importance of church fear and the devil Integrity Upholding a reputation Honesty Inability to tell a lie discussions writing assignments static: character that stays the same Dynamic: character that changes throughout the story Protagonist: main character Antagonist: person/idea in opposition to protagonist study guide questions Giles: An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem,
famous for his tendency to file lawsuits.
Giles’s wife, Martha, is accused of witchcraft Presiding judge over the witch trials and what is actually meant.
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