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Synopsis of The Crucible The Crucible by Arthur Miller is based on actual persons and events Some dialogue and characterizations based on legal records are actually included in the drama Before the actual play opens the author introduces the audience to the setting by describing the Puritan environment in which the events take place Miler then explains that the witch trials occurred because of the theocratic government that repressed individual freedom The play begins in Reverend Samuel Parris home where his daughter Betty is suffering from a mysterious illness Parris then discovers that Betty and her cousin Abigail Williams along with other girls have been dancing naked in the forest and are believed to have something to do with the occult The girls have been playing with witchcraft but in order to protect their lives claim they were under the spells of other witches in the community That is where all of the accusations and trouble begin Parris is a greedy reverend who seeks fame and power so he sees the accusations as a chance to get power This is where John Proctor a farmer comes in Abigail had been the Proctors servant until Elizabeth his wife discovered John was having an affair with her Abigail still holds a hatred for Elizabeth and as the trails progress Elizabeth becomes one of the accused Proctor then confronts Abigail after the arrest of Elizabeth only to find out that Abigail has become insane Before long many of the respected citizens of Salem especially Rebecca Nurse and Giles Cory have been wither condemned or executed Proctor defends his wife and even confesses his adultery That device failed though because Elizabeth not aware of his confession denies her husbands sin to protect him The Proctors current servant Mary Warren one of the accusers knows Elizabeth to be innocent but doesnt have the courage to speak up Anyone who attempted to oppose the trials
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