Crucible By Arthur Miller Appreciation
Thesis Statement: The purpose is to educate and display to the reader the
hysteria and injustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it's
doing the "right" thing for society in relation to The Crucible by

Arthur Miller. I. Introduction: The play is based on the real life witch hunts
that occurred in the late 1600's in Salem, Massachusetts. It shows the people's
fear of what they felt was the Devil's work and shows how a small group of
powerful people wrongly accused and killed many people out of this fear and
ignorance. Also important to the play is how Arthur Miller depicts how one
selfish, evil person like Abigail Williams can bring others down and make others
follow her to commit evil acts. These evil acts affect even the most honest
people in the town like John and Elizabeth Proctor, and Rebecca Nurse who cannot
fight the accusations made against them by those following Abigail. Those
following Abigail are considered to be holy men that are full of honesty and
justice, but the play shows that even those who are thought to be respectable
and right, like people of government or community leaders can bring death to
innocent people if they are driven by something wrong. II. Plot: The plot begins
with the inciting incident where Rev. Parris finds his niece Abigail Williams
and his daughter Betty along with his slave Tituba doing some dance in the
forest. Right when he finds them, Betty becomes sick and won't talk or open her
eyes, about this time other people's daughters become sick too. Rumors spread
that witch craft is involved in Betty's illness and the development of the plot
begins. Important to the major development of the plot is the fact that in the
forest, Abigail and the others were just playing like witches. But they were
following Abigail because she wanted to try to put a curse on a lady named

Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail was in love with Mrs. Proctor's husband, John

Proctor, and she wanted to some how get rid of Elizabeth. The problem was that
as the rumors spread about the devil Abigail went along with it and blamed the
slave woman Tituba for forcing her to join the devil. The rising action begins
when Tituba out of fear of death starts naming people that she says were with
the devil when the devil came to her. This is all a lie though because once

Abigail blamed Tituba she did not want to turn the story around and admit that
she was lying in the first place because one, she was afraid of the consequences
of such a strong lie, and two, because she saw it as an opportunity to get rid
of Elizabeth Proctor. The people of the town made everything worse when they
tried hard to find out who was teaming up with the devil. It was easier for them
to blame the devil for their problems of society than fix the problems of their
own strict way of life. So the girls involved with Abigail, like Mercy Lewis and

Mary Warren named many people of the town as witches. These people were put and
jail and would be hanged if they did not confess to the crime of devil worship
or witch craft. Another part of the developing plot is that John Proctor knows

Abigail and her friends are lying, but he is afraid to say any thing because
eight months before he had and affair with Abigail and did not want to be seen
by the town as a lecher, which means wife cheater. So, Mr. Proctor has to fight
with himself to come out and tell the truth or his wife might die because of

Abigail saying she was a witch. The climax of the play is in the court room when

John Proctor and Mary Warren finally say that Abigail is lying and nobody was
doing witch craft. But Abigail is a good actor and liar and actually turns it
around on Mr. Proctor and says he tries to get every one to worship the devil.

The court finds him guilty of devil worship and wants to hang him if he does not
confess. The falling action of the play comes when Rev. Parris comes to court
three months later and says that Abigail has stolen all his money and has left
town and he feels guilty for the people who were accused by her and hung because
of it. The court does not want to admit they were