Kind of Activity:
to increase comprehension of the play's language
Common Core Standards:
People in 17th century Massachusetts talked differently than we do today, and this play reflects that in a way - Miller was writing in the mid-20th century, but the stiff formality of the speech in The Crucible is clearly modeled on fiction and letters from nearer to the play's setting. The influence of Miller's work is such that the recognizable characteristics of his characters speech, such as the prominent use of the title "Goody," has become a recognizable shorthand for...
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