The Crucible Essay

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AP English 11
24 November 2014
The Crucible Rhetorical Analysis
In the play The Crucible (1953), Arthur Miller exhibits how McCarthyism compares to the hysteria of the Salem witch trials. Miller tells the story through the eyes of Puritan civilians during the witch trails. The Crucible was written portray the United States paranoia about communism and others randomly accusing others of being communist. Miller writes towards the American society of the 1950’s, which was highly influenced by Communism. The play is told in a serious and dramatic tone to relate to the witch trails.
The logical center of the play is that there is no logic at all. The entire story is based off of ...view middle of the document...

This scene really showed Miller’s ability to sway moods. Granting wanting to be sad about the state of affairs, their true love creates a joyful and passionate mood.
Ethos is strongly shown through John Proctor’s character. For example his efforts to rebirth his marriage with Elizabeth. This conversation between Abagail and Proctor in Act I shows the ethics in John:

PROCTOR: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.
ABIGAIL: Aye but we did
PROCTOR: Aye but we did not.
ABIGAIL: Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be-
PROCTOR: You’ll speak nothin’ of Elizabeth!
He could have Abigail, as she continues to pursue him after their affair ended months ago, but he refuses to be tempted again. When she mentions Elizabeth, his moral resentment rises and he defends his wife. Although he did commit adultery, John’s loyalty to Elizabeth certainly shows his ethical side.
Figurative language is one of the factors that makes The Crucible so great. In Act II Proctor’s anger is expressed through...

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