As we read The Crucible this week and examine Arthur Miller’s film adaptation, you will need to be prepare to read the acts of the play at home – we will not be reading them all out loud in class. Additionally, you need to be aware of how the theme you were assigned in class presents itself in each of the acts of the play.

There are six main themes in The Crucible:

  • Compassion and Forgiveness
  • Good vs Evil
  • Justice
  • Lies and Deceit
  • Respect and Reputation
  • The Supernatural

You will also need to be aware of the literary terms that are most important for a throughout reading of this play, all of which are available on the handouts distributed in class last week (and available by clicking on this link).

Important Vocabulary for The Crucible:

  • McCarthyism/The Red Scare
  •  Mass Hysteria
  • Metonymy
  • Authorial Intrusion
  • Allusion
  • Parable
  • Diction
  • Metaphor
  • Dramatic Character
  • Rhetoric
  • Dialogue
  • Dramatic Irony
  • Stage directions
  • Monologue
  • Tragedy
  • Catharsis

Additionally, you should be contributing to our discussion in class and taking notes. We will frequently pause to connect the event in the play to the events of 1950’s McCarthyism, as well as to make commentary on how the event of the Salem Witch Trails affected the lives of the actual individuals that lived through it. We will also examine the choices that Miller made in adapting his own play to the screen, and discuss the reasons for these stylistic changes based on Audience and Purpose. Be able to discuss these topics, as they will appear on your exam over The Crucible.

The schedule for our reading,discussion and viewing of The Crucible is as follows:

Tuesday, 9/8 – Act 1 Quiz, watch and discuss Act Two

Wednesday, 9/10 – Act 2 Quiz, watch and discuss Act Three

Thursday, 9/11 – Act 3 Quiz, watch and discuss Act Four

Friday, 9/12 – Crucible Exam