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What is the setting of Act II of The Crucible?

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ashleeeyyx0x | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:42 AM via web

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What is the setting of Act II of The Crucible?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM (Answer #1)

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Miller constructs Act I to operate as the basis for the drama.  It is the base because it begins the progression of the witch trials and accusations, but also because from it the rest of the emotional action flows.  The First Act takes place in Spring of 1692.  It is the exposition of the witch trials.  The trials, themselves, have not started, as the accusations have not begun to materialize.  From this, the rest of the action emanates.  Act II takes place "several days after the events of Act One."  It is centered in the Proctors' home, which is not directly located in Salem, but a small amount removed from it.  We also know that the events of Act I have introduced and proliferated in rather intense form with trials happening in town with the Proctors' servant, Mary Warren, serving on the juries of these trials.  I think one can make clear that we are still in Spring, but some time has passed because the fervor of the trials has reached a fairly well- established pitch.  In order for these elements to develop, it would not be the next day from Act I, but rather still in Spring, yet having some time developed in order to show how much the town has succumbed to the fear and mistrust that the girls began in the First Act.  Spring is still evident, as Proctor alludes to in his discussion with his wife, but it is a few days after the initial events of Act I have transpired.

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