The_Crucible_Act_I_Close_Reading_Questions.pdf

32 when a play has as many characters as the crucible

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32. When a play has as many characters as The Crucible has, a skilled playwright will create conflicts between many of them, creating a complex web of drama. Reread this section (Lines 809-853), and describe the nature of the conflict between Proctor and Parris. Cite evidence. 33. Continue to keep track of minor characters throughout the play. Explain how Rebecca’s dialogue in lines 854-857 supports what is known about her character thus far. 34. Playwrights employ complications to develop plot, or events of the play. Complications are the problems that make the conflicts of a drama more difficult to resolve. Any event that adds intensity to the conflicts of the play qualifies as a complication. Summarize the complications that arise in this section (Lines 893-925), and explain how they deepen the conflicts that already exist between the characters. Cite evidence. (Pp. 476-478) 35. As you know, Miller sometimes uses direct characterization in his exposition, directly stating facts about the characters. What do you learn in the exposition (p. 476) about Hale and what qualifies him to discern witchcraft? Cite evidence. 36. Miller sometimes reveals his own perspective on his subject in his exposition. What is the playwri ght’s perspective on the Devil , as described in the exposition (p. 476)? What historical background does Miller cite in support of his ideas? 37. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in the early 1950s during the height of the Red Scare. The Red Scare was a period in American history when the U.S. government, suspicious of Communist activity in various parts of society, held hearings in hopes of rooting out any sympathizers with the Communist cause. The Red Scare frightened people into conformity and disloyalty. How does Miller draw a comparison between the use of the Devil as a spiritual threat and the fight against Communism in America in the 1950s?
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38. As you know, Miller uses his extended expositions to expand upon the ideas put forth in his play. He also offers historical background of the setting as a way to support his points. How does Miller connect sex to the concept of diabolism in his exposition/ how does Miller use historical background to argue that connecting sex with the Devil is hypocritical? Cite examples. 39. As you know, Miller’s expositions offer details about characters. What did you learn about Reverend Hale from the exposition (p. 478)? Why is Hale so eager to help in this situation? (Pp. 479-480) 40. Look out for dialogue or behavior from the characters that is unexpected or conflicts with something they said or did earlier in the play. When this occurs, consider the motivation for the change. Motivation is the stated or implied reason for a character’s behavior. Read John Proctor’s line of dialogue in lines 966 -967. Explain what you think motivates John to say this when he has said earlier that he is mistrustful of the way Salem uses religion to control others.
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