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by Arthur Miller

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Where can the aspects of verbal and/or physical comedy be seen in The Crucible?

The aspects of verbal comedy in The Crucible can often be seen when Giles Corey is in the scene. In acts 1 and 3, specifically, he makes a number of humorous statements. He is such a curmudgeon, so gruff and loud and opinionated, that he makes certain tactless statements that often strike the audience as absolutely hilarious, such as when he confronts Thomas Putnam in court in act 3.

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Certainly, I think Giles Corey offers some comic relief via verbal comedy, especially in acts 1 and 3. In act 1, we learn that Giles is quite litigious and has been to court a number of times—something he actually brags about later, in act 3—and when John Proctor suggests that he and Giles find and join the "party" that Reverend Parris declares is working against him in the community, Giles declares, "I've changed my...

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