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language in the crucible - one of the most remarkable aspects of the crucible is milers creation of believable dialogue for his 17th century puritans although partly based on what he found in salem records most of it is his own invention it is convincingly old-fashioned without it being hard to understand the language carries echos of the king james bible but word by word apart from a few achatic terms - such as harlot and poppet - the vocabulary is mostly modern miller achieves his effects by linking words in an unusual way using double negatives chnging verb tenses and other devices of the same kind here are some examples pg 9 he cannot discover no medicine for it in his books pg 10 i know you have not opened with me pg 59 seeing i do live so closely with you they dismissed it pg 95 i am thirty three time in court in my life pg 114 you wonder yet if rebellions spoke with this shared language miller varies the way his characters speak to suit their background and personality ministers and judges naturally use more elaborate phrases than the villages giles is blunt and coarse pg 96 - a fart on thomas putnam that is what i say to that john protor usues some of the most poetic lines whether he is describing his delight in the massachusetts countryside pg 51 or crying out in despair at the end of act 3 pg 119 there is an element of comedy in the language between protor and mary in the scene where he told her to go to bed and she said she would not have him order her around but when he gave her a choice she decided to go to bed after all this particular comic scene heightens the horrors of the situation as influential people like proctor are at the mercy
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