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What are some examples of foreshadowing in The Crucible?

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There really isn't that much need for foreshadowing in The Crucible, as most of the audience already knows what happened during the Salem Witch Trials. Nevertheless, there are a number of instances of foreshadowing in the play, each of which tells us something about the nature of the character concerned.

In the case of John Proctor, he is introduced to us as someone whose impatience with fools marks him out for "calumnies" or false accusations designed to destroy someone's reputation. This is precisely what happens later on in the play, when John is convicted on a trumped-up charge of witchcraft. Our introduction to John Proctor's character gives us the impression that there's something about his personality that makes him especially vulnerable to such false accusations and which will lead in due course to his reputation—and his life—being destroyed.

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