The Crucible Quotes by Arthur Miller
How Fear Motivates the Characters in Arthur Miller's Play, The Crucible
Book Guides. The Crucible is four acts and pages of tight dialogue and economical action. It can be hard to pick out particular moments or quotes as being key since everything moves along so quickly. Never fear! For clarity, the quotes are grouped into four themes: irony, fear and hysteria, pride and reputation, and power and authority. With that in mind, here are some key quotes from The Crucible that demonstrate irony of some kind. The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone, and I must tell you all that I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me if I should find no bruise of Hell upon her.
In The Crucible , neighbors suddenly turn on each other and accuse people they've known for years of practicing witchcraft and devil-worship. The town of Salem falls into mass hysteria, a condition in which community-wide fear overwhelms logic and individual thought and ends up justifying its own existence. Fear feeds fear: in order to explain to itself why so many people are afraid, the community begins to believe that the fear must have legitimate origins. In The Crucible , hysterical fear becomes an unconscious means of expressing the resentment and anger suppressed by strict Puritan society. Some citizens of Salem use the charge of witchcraft willfully and for personal gain, but most are genuinely overcome by the town's collective hysteria: they believe the devil is attacking Salem.
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The Crucible By Arthur Miller
Lyndsay Curatolo Honors English 10 Mrs. Tancredi 6 November Motivation by Fear During the course of history there has been a continuous pattern of traits in people. While some of those traits have been favorable, other traits have been negative and caused great disruptions in society. In the year in the town of Salem, Massachusetts many of these negative traits were revealed. A fascination about witches swept through the small, Puritan village in Salem. The impacts of the allegations were. Miller does an excellent job of portraying numerals characters used fear for benefit and they showed selfishness.