The Crucible: Act 2 Vocabulary

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

To create a more authentic feel, Arthur Miller uses language from the 17th Century in his play, ''The Crucible''. We will learn more about some of the terms used in Act II.

Language Changes Over Time

Consider words that were common among teenagers in the 1970s. Words and phrases like 'right on', 'cat', and 'groovy' came and went, but other words, such as 'cool', 'nerd', and 'jock' have permeated the culture and are still used today. Language changes over time. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller adopts the vocabulary of the early Americans in the late 1600s, which is when the actual Salem witch trials took place. The author's use of vocabulary contributes to making this play feel more authentic. In this lesson, we will clarify some of the terms that are used in Act 2 of this play.

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