The Crucible by Arthur Miller. As you read The Crucible, please keep a dialectal journal in which you answer the following prompts.

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1 The Crucible by Arthur Miller Journaling Assignment As you read The Crucible, please keep a dialectal journal in which you answer the following prompts. Please enter 5 journal entries for each of the following prompts. Be sure you cite the passage and respond to it. *The idea of name and reputation *The idea of authority *Truth and deceitfulness *Criticism of the institution of religion *Criticism of the Red Scare and McCarthyism Rhetorical Analysis The following exert is taken from the beginning of Act One where Miller introduces the Puritans. Read the exerpt carefully. Analyze how Miller critically evaluates the Puritans through his use of language and rhetorical devices. The edge of the wilderness was close by. The American continent stretched endlessly west, and it was full of mystery for them. It stood, dark and threatening, over their shoulders night and day, for out of it Indian tribes marauded from time to time, and Reverend Parris had parishioners who had lost relatives to these heathen. The parochial snobbery of the people was partly responsible for their failure to convert the Indians. Probably they also preferred to take land from heathens rather than from fellow Christians. At any rate, very few Indians were converted, and the Salem folk believed that the virgin forest was the Devil s last preserve, his home base and the citadel of his final stand. To the best of their knowledge the American forest was the last place on earth that was not paying homage to God. For these reasons, among others, they carried about an air of innate resistance, even of persecution. Their fathers had, of course, been persecuted in England. So now they and their church found it necessary to deny any other sect its freedom, lest their New Jerusalem be defiled and corrupted by wrong ways and deceitful ideas. They believed, in short, that they held in their steady hands the candle that would light the world. We have inherited this belief, and it has helped and hurt us. It helped them with the discipline it gave them. They were a dedicated folk, by and large, and they had to be to survive the life they had chosen or been born into in this country..

2 When one rises above the individual villainy displayed, one can only pity them all, just as we shall be pitied someday. It is still impossible for man to organize his social life without repressions, and the balance has yet to be struck between order and freedom. The witch-hunt was not, however, a mere repression. It was also, and as importantly, a long overdue opportunity for everyone so inclined to express publicly his guilt and sins, under the cover of accusations against victims. It suddenly became possible and patriotic and holy for a man to say that Martha Corey had come into his bedroom at night, and that, while his wife was sleeping at his side, Martha laid herself down on his chest and nearly suffocated him. Of course it was her spirit only, but his satisfaction at confessing himself was no lighter than if it had been Martha herself. One could not ordinarily speak such things in public. Long-held hatreds of neighbors could now be openly expressed, and vengeance taken, despite the Bible s charitable injunctions. Land-lust, which had been expressed by constant bickering over boundaries and deeds, could now be elevated to the arena of morality; one could cry witch against one s neighbor and feel perfectly justified in the bargain. Old scores could be settled on a plane of heavenly combat between Lucifer and the Lord; suspicions and the envy of the miserable toward the happy could and did burst out in general revenge. Close Reading Questions Please answer 40 of the following questions as fully as you can, using complete sentences. Act One 1. (p.5, para.2) Comment on Miller s diction in this paragraph, particularly his use of the phrases parochial snobbery and Salem folk. 2. (p.5, para.4) What does the candle metaphor mean? Is it positive or negative? Explain. 3. (p.7, para.1) Explain the juxtaposition between order and freedom in this paragraph. 4. (p.7, para.3) What speaker bias does this paragraph illuminate? 5. (p.19-abigail) How does Miller use telegraphic sentences to create tone in this speech? 6. (p.20-introduction of Proctor) - How does Miller use description to present Proctor as a universal voice in this play? 7. (p.23) - Abigail is called child throughout the play by Proctor and Danforth. How is this ironic? 8. (p.24-abigail begins with I look for John ) - How does Miller use repetition in this paragraph? 9. (p.25) Miller uses the archaic title Goody throughout the play. How does this contribute to the occasion of the work?

3 10. (p. 26, para.3) - How is the charge made by Mrs. Putnam against Rebecca that she tempt[ed] her to iniquity ironic. (You may need to read further into the play before answering this.) 11. p31-proctor: I like not the smell of this authority. Explain how the use of the metaphor smell is effective here. 12. p33-introduction of Hale-para2 Explain how the juxtaposition of the devil and respectable view of cosmology is effective. 13. p34-para1-(begins Our difficulty believing )- What is implied by Miller s use of the phrase political inspiration of the Devil? 14. same para. Why is Devil capitalized? 15. same para. How does Miller use allusions in this paragraph to support the idea of the necessary invention and maintenance of a devil figure? 16. p.35, para.1- Explain the significance of the juxtaposition of the relationship between God and the Devil and Communists and Capitalists. What universal proclamation is Miller making here? 17. p.36, para.1- How does Miller s description of Hale create tone? What is the tone? 18. p List the different titles of the Devil Miller uses and note what character speaks them. What does this imply? 19. p.39, Hale (begins with Here is all the invisible world ) How does Miller use diction to create tone in this paragraph? 20. same passage- How does the metaphorical verb crush, rip and tear add to the arrogance of Hale? 21. p.41, Parris (begins with How can it be the Devil? ) How does Miller use questioning here? 22. p43-47, Tituba How does Miller use diction and syntax to create Tituba s character? Why is it important that her language be set apart? Think more than because she s from Barbados. Act Two 23. p50, Proctor- It s warm as blood beneath the clods. Why does Miller choose this particular metaphor? How does this add to tone? How does it add to foreshadowing? 24. p50- Proctor repeats his desire to please Elizabeth. How is this use of repetition significant to his relationship with his wife? 25. p51-proctor- It s winter in here yet - How does Miller use winter as a symbol in this passage? What picture does it paint of the relationship between John and Elizabeth? (Again on 61 My wife were sick this winter )

4 26. p54-proctor- (begins with You will not judge me more ) How does Miller use repetition of the word judge? How is that word significant to Miller s construction of the motif of judgment in the play? 27. p54- Proctor- (begins with Spare me! ) Pay attention to how many times Proctor uses I in this paragraph. What effect is Miller creating with this parallel structure through the use of the word I? 28. p55-elizabeth- (begins with I do not judge you. ) Explain how the metaphor the magistrate sits in your heart that judges you contributes to the motifs of judgment and authority. 29. P58-Proctor- But the proof, the proof! What is the tone? What is the purpose of this exclamation? 30. P59-Mary- (begins with The Devil s loose ) How does Miller create irony here? 31. P63-Hale- You are Goodwife Proctor. Why does Miller use the word Goodwife here instead of Goody? 32. P67-68-Elizabeth- Adultery, John (after he had forgotten that commandment in his recitation) Miller never explains to his reader outright the affair between John and Abigail; rather, he alludes to and hints at it through the dialogue of his characters. How is this effective? What mood is created by Elizabeth s reminder? 33. P71-Hale- Man, remember, until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven. - How does Miller use this religious allusion to create effect? 34. P73- How does Miller use poppets as a symbol? (Proctor- What signifies a poppet? ) 35. P77-Proctor (begins with If she is innocent! )- How does Miller use diction here to refer to McCarthyism? 36. P77-same passage- How does Miller use metaphors in this passage? 37. P77-same passage-how does Miller use questioning here? What effect does it create? 38. P77-Proctor- Pontius Pilate! God will not let you wash your hands of this! Explain the significance of the religious allusion. How is it an appropriate metaphor for Rev. Hale? 39. P80-Proctor- My wife will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me! Act Three -Several times in the play John and Elizabeth refer to each other as good or goodness. What does this choice of words suggest about their relationship? Is it reflective of the time or culture? -How does Miller use repetition in this quote?

5 40. p89-danforth- We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment. How is this statement ironic? How is Miller using this irony to comment on more contemporary issues? 41. p92-proctor- Proctor repeats the word never. How is this significant? Why that word? 42. p94-parris-(begins with All innocent and Christian people )- Miller uses syntax to create a juxtaposition between two groups of people. What are the two groups? What is being said about them? 43. p94-proctor-(begins with No, she s not, sir )- Miller uses another religious allusion here. Explain how the allusion is significant and how it accomplishes the purpose of Miller s attack on religious dogma. 44. p98-danforth-( No uncorrupted man may fear this court, Mr. Hale! )- Comment on the use of the word man here. 45. p99-hale (Begins with I have this morning ) Discuss the significance of the metaphor hand here and in other passages in the play. How does this contribute to the idea of responsibility and guilt? 46. p abigail again is referred to as a child. How is this ironic in this situation? Why does Miller choose to have the characters refer to her as a child? As he is making a critical commentary on McCarthyism, what is he suggesting? (Consider the supposed nature of a child as you are answering this question.) 47. p105-parris- this man is blackening my name What is the significance of the word blackening here? (Consider his criticism of contemporary issues.) 48. p119-proctor-(begins with A fire, a fire is burning! )- Why does Miller have John use first-person plural pronouns here? 49. same passage- Explain the significance of the metaphor of burning. How does it add to the motif of guilt in this play? Act Four 50. p128-parris- Excellency a dagger Explain the purpose of the dashes. 51. same passage- Why does Miller use a dagger here? What is he communicating? 52. p132-hale- (begins with Let you not mistake your duty ) What ideas is Miller juxtaposing through Hale s exhortation to Elizabeth? How does he do this? 53. p133-proctor and Elizabeth- stage directions Alone. What meaning is achieved in this one-word telegraphic sentence? 54. p proctor and Elizabeth s dialogue- There is a shift here in that John and Elizabeth are not speaking to each other in paragraphs, as has been the pattern of discourse throughout the play. What effect does Miller create through his use of short sentences and quick dialogue here?

6 55. p137-elizabeth- Whatever you will do, it is a good man does it and 134- He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him. Why does Miller use the word good here? What does it mean in this context? What is its connotation? 56. p143-proctor- (Begins with Because it is my name! ) How does Miller use parallel structure in this passage to create effect? 57. same passage- What does name mean here? Why does Miller repeat that word? 58. same passage- Miller uses subordination in the last sentence I have given you my soul; leave me my name! What does this say about the relationship between soul and name?

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