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1. Compare and contrast the characters of Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor.
2. Discuss Miller's treatment of women in The Crucible.
3. How is the play unified into a whole?
4. Explain why the play is a tragic comedy.
5. In The Crucible, Miller develops his themes by using characters that are more types than individuals.
6. Explain the symbolic characters and how they develop the themes.
7. Discuss how the themes of The Crucible make it both universal and enduring.
8. What is the function of Reverend Hale in the play?
9. Miller originally wrote The Crucible as a critique of McCarthyism, but he distanced his narrative by using the Salem witch trials as the setting for the play. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.
10. At the end of the play, John Proctor recovers his sense of goodness by tearing up the confession that would have saved his life. Given his character and the events which have led up to this moment, do you find this act believable? Fully explain your response.
11. In The Crucible, Miller suggests that sacrifices may be necessary to restore the social order. Discuss the sacrifices made by the play's characters and whether you think they are necessary.
12. How does the title relate to the story.
13. 'In The Crucible Arthur Miller is making pointed comments about individuals and how we should operate in society'. Discuss with reference to the text.
14. How are the characters tested and brought down to their essence?
15. What three characters are responsible for the trials and why?
16. How does the Crucible portray justice or injustice?