Mr. Miller has filled his play with ironies. Discuss the ironies in the text of "The Crucible". The Crucible dramatizes brilliantly the dilemma of an innocent man who must confess...

 Mr. Miller has filled his play with ironies. Discuss the ironies in the text of "The Crucible".

 The Crucible dramatizes brilliantly the dilemma of an innocent man who must confess falsely if he wants to live and who finally gains the courage to insist on his innonce -- and hang. To increase the impact of his final choice.

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One of the most important ironies of the story involves Giles Corey and the court.  In Act III, Corey comes to the court with information that Thomas Putnam is “reaching out for land” and that he has his daughter cry out the names of people so that he will be able to buy up their land.  According to Corey, he was given this information by a witness who claimed to have heard Putnam say that his daughter had given him a “great gift of land” when she cried out George Jacobs’ name as a witch.  When Corey brings this information to court, they will not take Corey’s proof as solid evidence because it is only hearsay, and Corey refuses to reveal the name of his witness.  However, every piece of evidence that is presented by the girls is hearsay – the judges never really saw any spirits afflicting anyone.  They simple go by the words of these girls with no visible evidence.  This is your example of irony.

A second example of irony is dramatic irony which exists in Act II when, while speaking to John Proctor,   Reverend Hale calls Abigail a little girl and tells Proctor that no one should blame the girls for what is happening.  The reader, at this point, is fully aware that Abigail is anything but a little girl and is completely to blame for everything.