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The Crucible is set in the small settlement of Salem,
Actually there were two Salems-Salem Town and its tiny
Each act is set within a fairly small room: Act I is in a bedroom
in Reverend Parris' house; Act II in the Proctors' "living room";
Act III in an anteroom to the main hall of the "meeting house,"
or church; and Act IV in a cell in the Salem jail. These settings
give an impression of containment, almost of claustrophobia, as
if we're boxed in, caught in a trap. As the pressure builds in each
act, a sense of panic is bound to set in. Of course, this is exactly
what the victims of the witch-hunt must be feeling. Arthur
Miller's settings help us identify with the characters, by putting
us, in a sense, in the same room with them.