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by Arthur Miller

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Explain how the symbolism is used within Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

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Symbolism is hard to find in Miller's The Crucible. Two things to make note of are the doll (poppet) that is brought forth as evidence against Elizabeth, and the bird the girls "see" in the court room.

The doll (or poppet ,puppet) was made by Mary Warren while sitting in court:

DANFORTH, turning to Abigail:

A poppet were discovered in Mr. Proctor's house, stabbed by a needle. Mary Warren claims that you sat beside her in the court when she made it, and that you saw her make it and witnessed how she herself stuck her needle into it for safe-keeping. What say you to that?

ABIGAIL, with a slight note of indignation:

It is a lie, sir...Goody Proctor always kept poppets.

The doll, or poppet, was believed to be a representation of a human being that could be harmed through the "harming" of the poppet. (This is based on a misconception that dolls are used in vodou.) Abigail has accused Elizabeth of stabbing her in the stomach with a needle, by way of the poppet.

CHEEVER, wide-eyed, trembling:

The girl,...

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