The Crucible Questions and Answers
by Arthur Miller

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Explain how the structure of Arthur Miller's The Crucible affects the enjoyment and understanding of the audience.

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In terms of the structure Miller adopts to tell the story of the Salem witch trials in the late 17th Century, the most important aspect is the parallel he was able to draw to the McCarthy trials, searching for communist activity most especially in the circles of Hollywood actors, writers, artists, etc. This parallel was especially important because it brought the terror and hysteria close to the audience is seeing that madness that governed the witch-trials could also take place in "modern America."

Miller demonstrates his style with the strict and concise presentation of the facts portrayed in the play creates an almost factual commentary, much like a news reporter would baldly present the facts allowing the actions of the players to tell their own story without commentary.

Miller presents the story from a third person point of view. Unlike Shakespearean drama where a character might address the audience, forming a bond of sorts, the characters do not

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