What are examples of irony in "The Crucible?"


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.

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.

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One example is when Reverend Hale told John to say the 10 commandments and John forgot the last one, which just so happened to be the one he broke, which was adultery. Elizabeth was
While this question has been posed and answered by other editors on eNotes (see links provided below), there are other examples of irony that have not been addressed as of yet. Arthur
Miller has few cases of verbal irony. He uses it in act 3 while Elizabeth tell she court that Proctor did not sleep with Abigail she knows that he did. All parts with the girls lying
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"The Crucible" has several instances of dramatic irony, the most important of which occurs when Elizabeth Proctor perjures herself before Judge Danforth ...
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