History Theatre / TheCrucible

12th Apr '18 7:57:19 PM Kinola
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* AdaptationalNameChange: Ruth Putnam, one of the accusers, was known as Ann Putnam Jr. in real life.
24th Jan '18 9:30:07 AM fearlessnikki
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Proctor, Martha, and Rebecca are hanged, Giles is pressed to death, and their loved ones are left behind. Tituba, Sarah Good and Mary are driven to madness. Hale fails to save a single life and blames himself for each one taken, and Abigail, who caused the whole mess in the first place, [[KarmaHoudini gets away with everything]]]]. Not exactly the happiest ending. Though this could be seen as a {{bittersweet ending}} as well, since Proctor ultimately [[TheAtoner redeems himself]] and the text version ends by stating that the power of the theocracy that made this possible was effectively broken by the aftermath.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Proctor, Martha, and Rebecca are hanged, Giles is pressed to death, and their loved ones are left behind. Tituba, Sarah Good and Mary are driven to madness. Hale fails to save a single life and blames himself for each one taken, and Abigail, who caused the whole mess in the first place, [[KarmaHoudini gets away with everything]]]]. Not exactly the happiest ending. Though this could be seen as a {{bittersweet ending}} as well, since Proctor ultimately [[TheAtoner redeems himself]] and the text version ends by stating that the power of the theocracy that made this possible was effectively broken by the aftermath. If you go by the epilogue, you'll see that karma eventually caught up with [[spoiler: Abigail - who had to prostitute herself to survive and die before she reached eighteen]].


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* UnexplainedAccent: Tituba's broken English, considering she had been on the English colony since she was a child. Her English should be as good as anyone else's.
1st Jan '18 6:19:27 PM DanganRonper12202
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* TragicHero: Proctor definitely qualifies. At the start of the play, despite his affair with Abigail, he is regarded as a morally-upright and respectable man who doesnít pick sides in disagreements. [[spoiler: However, by the end, Proctor is a broken man, and his downfall is finally cemented due to his pride. Proctor refuses to give up his name to the court when itís all he has left and is hanged.]]
** Hale as well. [[spoiler: He starts off as an optimistic intellectual, but his naïveté and belief in the trials leads to immense guilt and failure to save anyone from death. He comes to Salem enthusiastic to finally utilize his studies to help people, and leaves cynical and with completely different views on religion and human life.]]
1st Jan '18 6:07:40 PM DanganRonper12202
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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Abigail ultimately wants to kill Elizabeth so she can have John all to herself, even going so far as to drink chicken blood in an attempt to do so.

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Abigail ultimately wants to kill Elizabeth so she can have John all to herself, even going so far as to drink chicken blood in an attempt to do so. When that doesnít work, she tries to use the trials to convict Elizabeth of witchcraft. [[spoiler: It doesnít go well, as John ends up dying instead.]]
1st Jan '18 6:04:38 PM DanganRonper12202
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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Abigail ultimately wants to kill Elizabeth so she can have John all to herself, even going so far as to drink chicken blood in an attempt to do so.
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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** 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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