The crucible

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How does Miller create an atmosphere of tension and hysteria in the ˜yellow bird scene'?

In this piece of coursework I will be analysing how Arthur Miller creates an atmosphere of tension and hysteria in the ˜yellow bird scene'. I will also be discussing the context of the writing.

The title is important because a Crucible is a dish used in chemistry for separating impurities from metals. The metal is placed in a dish then heated and all the impurities in the metal are removed. This is relevant to the play because the metal would be like the people of Salem and the Crucible represents the courts the impurities are linked to witchcraft and the heat is like the religion in Salem.

The Crucible was written in 1952, during the cold war. The play draws parallels with communism in the U.S., "show trials" and McCarthyism. The Crucible is based on a true story therefore he based his story on real life events in Salem from the 17th century. Miller had to hide the true meaning of the play because he would have been accused of being a communist himself and would have probably been deported.

The Crucible is about Witchcraft and peoples greed for more land. The Crucible is set in a small village

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