History Theatre / TheCrucible

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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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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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.
14th Jun '16 9:14:48 AM bellarmire
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** Most evidently, there's explicit references to him beating Mary fairly frequently.
22nd May '16 5:46:49 AM PF
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* BigBad: Abigail Williams. Just about everything that goes wrong in the story is caused by her. Pretty impressive for a teenage girl...
** In her absence, this role is instead taken up by Judge Danforth during Acts 3 and 4.

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* BigBad: BigBad:
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Abigail Williams. Just about everything that goes wrong in the story is caused by her. Pretty impressive for a teenage girl...
** In her absence, this role is instead taken up by Judge Danforth assumed this role during Acts 3 and 4.the trials.



* BettyAndVeronica: Prior to the start of the play, John (Archie) was married to Elizabeth (Betty) while having an affair with Abigail (Veronica).
* BreakTheCutie: In the beginning, Reverend Hale is full of exuberance and intellectual glee, which fade significantly by Act Two when he realises that the accusers may not be completely innocent. This is shattered completely by [[spoiler:Proctor's death]].

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* BettyAndVeronica: Prior to the start of the play, story, John (Archie) was married to Elizabeth (Betty) while having an affair with Abigail (Veronica).
* BreakTheCutie: In the beginning, Reverend Hale is full of exuberance and intellectual glee, which fade significantly by Act Two when he realises realizes that the accusers may not be completely innocent. This is shattered completely by [[spoiler:Proctor's death]].



* BurnTheWitch: Averted. The suspected witches are hanged, which is indeed true for their real-life counterparts.

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* BurnTheWitch: Averted. The suspected witches are hanged, which is indeed true for their real-life real life counterparts.



* CompositeCharacter: Thomas Danforth is a mix of several judges present at the trials: William Stoughton, John Richards, Waitstill Winthrop, Samuel Sewall and his real-life counterpart.

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* CompositeCharacter: Thomas Danforth is a mix of several judges present at the trials: William Stoughton, John Richards, Waitstill Winthrop, Samuel Sewall and his real-life real life counterpart.



* DeadpanSnarker: Proctor, which may be why he's so disliked by others. Danforth too:

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* DeadpanSnarker: Proctor, which may be why he's so disliked by others. Danforth too:
** Danforth:



* DirtyCoward: The paranoid, greedy Reverend Parris cares greatly about his reputation and wouldn't let it be soiled even if it meant withholding the truth.
** Mary Warren as well. She quails easily and joins the girls in their hysteria when they accuse her of bewitching them in court, even though she's there to present evidence against the witch trials.

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* DirtyCoward: DirtyCoward:
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The paranoid, greedy Reverend Parris cares greatly about his reputation and wouldn't let it be soiled even if it meant withholding the truth.
** Mary Warren as well.Warren. She quails easily and joins the girls in their hysteria when they accuse her of bewitching them in court, even though she's there to present evidence against the witch trials.
22nd May '16 5:39:33 AM PF
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!!The play provides examples of:

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!!The !!Tropes used in both the play provides examples of:and movie:



* BrokenBird: Abigail. She saw her parents murdered right in front of her when she was just a child. After that tragedy, she was raised by her greedy uncle (who just so happened to be the clergy) and was used by a man she was in love with, only to be later told by said man that she was nothing to him. Not to mention that with the rumors of her no longer being a virgin, she would have never been married or hired. So while her actions were inexcusable, you can't help but see why she doesn't care about anybody in town.



* {{Jerkass}}: Proctor starts out this way. However, he ends up being so broken that it ironically turns him into a far nobler man.



* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Parris gets his whole life savings stolen by Abigail and is voted out of office in the epilogue, which for him is a pretty substantial punishment. [[spoiler: As for Abigail, permanent exile from Salem sounds like a minor punishment. On the other hand, it is implied in the play that Abigail prostituted herself and didn't live to see the age of 18. The real Abigail was very young and died at a young age.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: [[spoiler:Hale]] by the end of the play. Starting off an intellectual, he changes from idealistic to completely cynical. In the end, [[spoiler:he attempts to convince Goody Proctor to persuade John to abandon his moral ideals so that he may live, reflecting Hale's own change in paradigms from valuing religious law to simply valuing that a human being makes it out alive, regardless of the moral cost. It doesn't work.]]
* KnightTemplar: Danforth and the judges.



* ManipulativeBitch: Abigail.



* {{Narcissist}}: Abigail's ego makes Jupiter look like a speck of hydrogen.



* RulesLawyer: Danforth mocks Giles as one, which later [[LoopholeAbuse turns out to be true]].
* {{Sadist}}: Judge Hathorne is pretty insistent on hanging people regardless of them being guilty or innocent.



-->'''Hale:''' I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court! ''*leaves and slams the door behind him*''

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-->'''Hale:''' I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court! ''*leaves and slams the door behind him*''him**''



* TheSociopath: Abigail again. Given her past, it isn't too surprising she'd be completely messed up in the head.
* StalkerWithACrush: Abigail just can't listen when Proctor tells her the affair is ''over''.



!!The 1996 movie adaptation provides examples of:

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!!The !!Tropes used exclusively in the 1996 movie adaptation provides examples of:adaptation:
22nd May '16 3:53:02 AM LegitimateIdiot
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: John and Elizabeth realize this at the end.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: After spending almost the whole play being cold and distant with each other, John and Elizabeth realize this and make amends at the end.



* BrokenBird: Abigail. She saw her parents murdered right in front of her when she was just a child. After that tragedy, she was raised by her greedy uncle (who just so happened to be the clergy) and was used by a man she was in love with, only to be later told by said man that she was nothing to him. Not to mention that with the rumors of her no longer being a virgin, she would have never been married or hired. So while her actions were inexcuseable, you can't help but see why she doesn't care about anybody in town.



* CoolOldLady: Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse were both highly respected

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* CoolOldLady: Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse were both highly respected Nurse.



* {{Jerkass}}: Proctor starts out this way. However, he ends up being so broken that it ironically turns him into a far nobler man.



* KarmaHoudini: Reverend Parris and Abigail, neither of whom suffer any consequences for their role in the trials. For Abigail's part, everyone seems to have forgotten that the whole thing started because she was dancing naked in the woods in the first place.
** KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Parris gets his whole life savings stolen by Abigail and is voted out of office in the epilogue, which for him is a pretty substantial punishment. [[spoiler: Whether or not Abigail is this is debatable. For being the ring leader of the affair that ruined many people's lives and killed several others, permanent exile from Salem sounds like a minor punishment. On the other hand, it is implied in the play that Abigail prostituted herself and didn't live to see the age of 18. The real Abigail was very young and died at a young age.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: [[spoiler:Hale]] by the end of the play. Starting off an intellectual, he changes from idealistic to completely cynical. In the end, [[spoiler:he attempts to convince Goody Proctor to persuade John to abandon his moral ideals so that he may live, reflecting Hale's own change in paradigms from valuing religious law to simply valuing that a human being makes it out alive, regardless of the moral cost. It doesn't work.]]
* KnightTemplar: Danforth and the judges.



* ManipulativeBitch: Abigail.



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Proctor after the arrest of his wife. MilkingTheGiantCow has been used as well.

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Proctor after the arrest of his wife. MilkingTheGiantCow has been used in the film as well.



* RulesLawyer: Danforth mocks Giles as one, which later [[LoopholeAbuse turns out to be true]].
* {{Sadist}}: Judge Hathorne is pretty insistent on hanging people regardless of them being guilty or innocent.



* TheSociopath: Abigail again. Given her past, it isn't too surprising she'd be completely messed up in the head.
* StalkerWithACrush: Abigail just can't listen when Proctor tells her the affair is ''over''.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Danforth and the judges start out this way, and it all goes downhill from there...



* {{Yandere}}: Abigail. Even though Proctor has long broken off the affair with her, she still loves him and believes that he does as well. It's mentioned that she drank blood in order to place a charm to kill Elizabeth whilst in the woods, and she accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft

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* {{Yandere}}: Abigail. Even though Proctor has long broken off the affair with her, she still loves him and believes that he does as well. It's mentioned that she drank blood in order to place a charm to kill Elizabeth whilst in the woods, and she accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft
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