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The Dramatic Effect of the First Act in Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is set in Salem in 1692. It's about a group of women who are accused of witchcraft from the people of Salem, and they're placed on trial because of this. The story is centred to a guy named John Proctor who is a farmer from the town, and it's about his affairs, his most everyday ones as well as his sexual ones. There are a number of topics from the Crucible, deceit, faith, anxiety, guilt and the evading of individuals privacy. Miller wrote the play for a parallel of the famous McCarthy trials of the 1950's, in which he was included. The American courts had been also holding a so-called 'witch hunt' of communists and they believed that Miller had info regarding the communists. People today think The Crucible is based on this because they were both based on insubstantial evidence. The important role in this scene would be Betty, as, although she's inert, '' she hears everything the other figures are saying. She becomes a bit of this group, and because of this, she hears all of their secrets, problems and anxieties. At the beginning of the first action Reverend Parris is by himself kneeling by the bed of the eldest kid Betty. Tituba the black servant of the household then enters and she is very worried because she thinks Betty will die, she inquires into Betty's wellbeing, "My Betty be hearty soon?" To which he yells in her, "from the sight" ================= This demonstrates that there is tension there in the beginning of the play. The tension is between upper and lower classes, and it's amazing how such a little bit of text can reveal as much personality. Parris seems quite boss...