Examples of the types of irony found in the play, "The Crucible," include situational, dramatic and verbal irony. Specific examples include Proctor's recitation of the Ten Commandments, the forced confessions of witchcraft and the names of several characters in the play.Know More
In his recitation of the Ten Commandments of the Bible, John Proctor forgets "adultery." This is ironic since he committed the sin of adultery with Abigail. By forcing the accused to confess to witchcraft, the Puritan judges in the play forced them to commit a sin by lying. One example of an ironic name is the merciless Mercy Lawless.
Situational irony occurs when there is a contrast between something that is not expected to happen but that is happening. Dramatic irony happens between the reader or audience and the character when the reader or viewer knows more about the situation than does the character. Several examples of dramatic irony are found throughout all acts of the play. Verbal irony takes place when someone says one thing but means another. This is also sometimes referred to as sarcasm.
Arthur Miller based the play, "The Crucible," on historical facts about the Salem witch trials, though he fictionalized many aspects of the story.Learn more about Plays
Tituba's role is the Reverend Parris’s slave in the 1953 play, "The Crucible." She has a small supporting role in Arthur Miller’s play, but she is the first person to be accused of witchcraft, and she was also the first to accuse others of witchcraft.Full Answer >
The script for "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller can purchased online from sites such as Amazon. The play consists of four acts and 16 scenes in total. The principal characters are Abigail Williams, John Proctor and Reverend Hale.Full Answer >
Abigail Williams leaves the town of Salem at the end of "The Crucible," leaving John Proctor to hang for his sin of adultery. There is no indication of what happens to Abigail once she leaves Salem. One can only assume she relocated to start a new life.Full Answer >
At the end of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," protagonist John Proctor was hanged as a witch. Also hanged with him were Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey and five others. While all three were hanged in real life as witches, their executions occurred on different days.Full Answer >