History Theatre / TheCrucible

11th Dec '17 12:40:39 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassGrandpa: Giles Corey - an elderly, hot-tempered and muscular farmer who doesn't take crap from anybody.
9th Nov '17 5:27:48 PM fearlessnikki
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* AgeLift: Abigail was twelve years old in real life, but is depicted as a seventeen-year-old.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: John Proctor doesn't know Elizabeth is pregnant and neither of them discovers it until she's been in prison for at least three months. In those times, poor nutrition could make one miss a period, and of course pregnancy tests weren't around. People didn't usually discover pregnancy until they were about five months along.



* BeautyIsBad: Abigail is beautiful and is the antagonist of the play. Perhaps in addition to ChildrenAreInnocent, she benefits from BeautyEqualsGoodness when everyone believes her accusations.



* DefiledForever: Proctor threatens Abigail with this, even willing to admit that he committed adultery. [[spoiler: He does but a misunderstanding from Elizabeth ensures it doesn't work]].



* {{Irony}}: As noted above, the Puritans were doing the same religious persecutions in Salem that caused them to leave England in the first place.

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As noted above, the Puritans were doing the same religious persecutions in Salem that caused them to leave England in the first place.place.
** Elizabeth is put on the stand after she has been touted as someone who never lies. [[spoiler: When asked about John's affair with Abigail, she lies in the hopes of saving his good name. In lying she ends up damning him]].
5th Oct '17 11:50:05 AM MackWylde
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* HumansAreBastards: Considering how this play connects to both the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthy trials, yeah, pretty much so.
5th Oct '17 11:43:29 AM MackWylde
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* HumansAreBastards: Considering how this play connects to both the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthy trials, yeah, pretty much so.
12th Jan '17 8:05:40 AM Mdumas43073
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4th Dec '16 1:58:01 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Crucible''''' is a play by Creator/ArthurMiller that was published in 1953. It and ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' are easily Miller's most well-known plays and are both regarded as some of the most classic plays of the 20th century.

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'''''The Crucible''''' ''The Crucible'' is a play by Creator/ArthurMiller that was published in 1953. It and ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' are easily Miller's most well-known plays and are both regarded as some of the most classic plays of the 20th century.
7th Aug '16 7:04:28 AM PF
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* DeadpanSnarker: Proctor, which may be why he's so disliked by others.

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Proctor, which may be why he's so disliked by others.



* NudeNatureDance: At least one of the girls (Mercy Lewis) at the beginning dances naked in the woods, and several other girls are accused of doing this as well.
** Actually, [http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2088/2881/1600/Image9.73.jpg one other girl] is shown taking her dress off revealing some skin before Mercy Lewis. Mercy's nude scenes are more frequent, if a bit brief.

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* NudeNatureDance: At least one of the girls (Mercy Lewis) at the beginning dances naked in the woods, and several other girls are accused of doing this as well.
** Actually, [http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2088/2881/1600/Image9.73.jpg one other girl] is shown taking her dress off revealing some skin before Mercy Lewis. Mercy's nude scenes are more frequent, if a bit brief.
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6th Aug '16 10:11:02 PM DanTD
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**Actually, [http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2088/2881/1600/Image9.73.jpg one other girl] is shown taking her dress off revealing some skin before Mercy Lewis. Mercy's nude scenes are more frequent, if a bit brief.
19th Jul '16 8:16:06 PM Fireblood
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* MortonsFork: Nearly anything you might have done wrong, wittingly or not, is evidence that you're a witch. If you confess to witchcraft, you'll be burned. If you deny it, you'll be hanged.

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* MortonsFork: Nearly anything you might have done wrong, wittingly or not, is evidence that you're a witch. If you confess to witchcraft, you'll be burned.spared, but marred forever and lose all your belongings. If you deny it, you'll be hanged.



* ThanatosGambit: Giles intentionally keeps on saying "more weight" while pressed so he won't lose his property, so he gave his life to protect his name for his children To make it more awesome, his ThanatosGambit broke the XanatosGambit of his accusers. If he confessed, then as a witch his property is confiscated, but if he denied it and was still convicted (almost certain to be the case) then he'd also lose his property. [[TakeAThirdOption His third option]] exploits a loophole. He didn't break it entirely because he still died but he destroyed the main goal. What makes this truly awesome is that this particular part of the story ''really did happen''.

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* ThanatosGambit: Giles intentionally keeps on saying "more weight" while pressed so he won't lose his property, so he gave his life to protect his name for his children children. To make it more awesome, his ThanatosGambit broke the XanatosGambit of his accusers. If he confessed, then as a witch his property is confiscated, but if he denied it and was still convicted (almost certain to be the case) then he'd also lose his property. [[TakeAThirdOption His third option]] exploits a loophole. He didn't break it entirely because he still died but he destroyed the main goal. What makes this truly awesome is that this particular part of the story ''really did happen''.
19th Jul '16 8:05:14 PM Fireblood
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One night, some girls, led by Abigail Williams, sneak out into the woods to engage in witchcraft. The girls are caught in the act, and when one goes into shock after the whole ordeal, Abigail is cornered; she, consequently, blames Reverend Samuel Parris' slave, Tituba, for perpetrating the acts. Tituba catches on to Abigail's ruse and blames a bunch of townspeople in order to save her own skin. Soon, [[SharedMassHallucination every girl blames someone she dislikes, claiming she saw Satan]]. Deputy Governor Danforth, Reverend John Hale, and Judge Hathorne, all of whom are respected men in Massachusetts, are called to try those indicted for committing the crimes and to purge the evil of Satan within the town.

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One night, some girls, led by Abigail Williams, sneak out into the woods to engage in witchcraft. The girls are caught in the act, and when one goes into shock after the whole ordeal, Abigail is cornered; she, consequently, blames Reverend Samuel Parris' slave, Tituba, for perpetrating the acts. Tituba catches on to Abigail's ruse and blames a bunch of townspeople in order to save her own skin. Soon, [[SharedMassHallucination [[MaliciousSlander every girl blames someone she dislikes, claiming she saw Satan]]. Deputy Governor Danforth, Reverend John Hale, and Judge Hathorne, all of whom are respected men in Massachusetts, are called to try those indicted for committing the crimes and to purge the evil of Satan within the town.



** The real Abigail and some of the jurors later repented for their part in the trials.



* TheBadGuyWins: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Yes, [[spoiler:Abigail does get away at the end]], but if you read the epilogue "Echoes Down the Corridor", you'll find out that [[spoiler:Abigail eventually turned to prostitution, and it's safe to guess that that wasn't a real 100% pure victory.]]

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* TheBadGuyWins: {{Subverted|Trope}}.{{Subverted}}. Yes, [[spoiler:Abigail does get away at the end]], but if you read the epilogue "Echoes Down the Corridor", you'll find out that [[spoiler:Abigail eventually turned to prostitution, and it's safe to guess that that wasn't a real 100% pure victory.]]



* BrokenAesop: Molly Day Thacher (Creator/EliaKazan's wife and a theatre critic) asserted this about ''The Crucible'' and its anti-RedScare subtext. She pointed out that Miller's play has a very simple right-wrong dynamic because witches don't actually exist. Applying the WitchHunt trope to communists and liberals presumes that the latter ''aren't'' communists who are critical or opposed to the government. Miller responded to this criticism by saying that, whether or not there were communists, the wrecked lives and careers could not be justified.

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* BrokenAesop: Molly Day Thacher (Creator/EliaKazan's wife and a theatre theater critic) asserted this about ''The Crucible'' and its anti-RedScare subtext. She pointed out that Miller's play has a very simple right-wrong dynamic because witches don't actually exist. Applying the WitchHunt trope to communists and liberals presumes that the latter ''aren't'' communists who are critical or opposed to the government. Miller responded to this criticism by saying that, whether or not there were communists, the wrecked lives and careers could not be justified.



* BurnTheWitch: Averted. The suspected witches are hanged, which is indeed true for their real life counterparts.
* ChewbaccaDefense: When George Jacobs, a feeble, elderly man incapable of walking without sticks, is accused of climbing into a girl's room and performing witchcraft, he states that this is impossible given his health. The court then states he could have very well sent his ''spirit'' into the room using witch powers. Jacobs has no idea how to respond to that, which the court claim proves his guilt.

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* BurnTheWitch: Averted.{{Averted}}. The suspected witches are hanged, which is indeed true for their real life counterparts.
* ChewbaccaDefense: When George Jacobs, a feeble, elderly man incapable of walking without sticks, is accused of climbing into a girl's room and performing witchcraft, he states that this is impossible given his health. The court judge then states he could have very well sent his ''spirit'' into the room using witch his powers. Jacobs has no idea how to respond to that, which the court claim judge claims proves his guilt.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Proctor attempts to puncture Abigail's veneer of righteousness by telling Danforth that she and her fellows were found dancing in the woods; a mortified Danforth repeats "dancing" as if he had accused her of murder.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Proctor attempts to puncture Abigail's veneer of righteousness by telling Danforth that she and her fellows were found dancing in the woods; a mortified Danforth repeats "dancing" as if he had accused her of murder.murder (the Puritans were notorious for opposing not only dancing, but ''all'' entertainment-including theater, ironically).



** Abigail's plan. She wants to kill Elizabeth so that she can with Proctor again. When she turns on Mary for testifying against her, Mary accuses Proctor of witchcraft. This leads to him

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** Abigail's plan. She wants to kill Elizabeth so that she can with Proctor again. When she turns on Mary for testifying against her, Mary accuses Proctor of witchcraft. This leads to him his death.
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