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What techniques does Miller use to create tension between John and Elizabeth at the start of act two? The crucible was a play written by Author Miller; he is a successful contemporary dramatist whose work often reveals his compassion for vulnerable people who are victimised by society. For me, this play exemplifies that people's confidential desires have considerable consequences that in the near future can advance to become exceedingly huge for the person to control. A prime example would be Abigail's lust and yearning for John Proctor; a man whose names echoes with pride and fear throughout Salem, though, as an audience we do not witness his first encounter with Abigail, we are told that he had a secret affair with her, and it is this mistake that forms "an everlasting funeral" around Elizabeth's heart. In return, this triggers the inferior tension concerning Elizabeth and John. There are also themes of compassion, betrayal, power and integrity highlighted during act two. These several themes are achieved through Author Millers use of literary techniques such as the use of contrasts and parallels, the insertion of the characters dialogue (short questions and answers), the inclusion of stage direction and the roles of the puritans during that period of time. ...read more.


Additionally, tension is sparked at this stage as John feels saddened by the irrelevant presented by Elizabeth. In my opinion, I would say that this relates to the themes of love and betrayal. John clearly wants Elizabeth to unlock her heart to him, yet she turns her back on every opportunity he presents and would rather remain "cold" and unforgiving; consequently as more tension is generated, it only results in an argument developing towards the end of the scene and John unleashing a fearsome streak of anger in order to uphold his integrity. The addition of stage directions is used to highlight minor signs of power John poses over Elizabeth but also to reveal the compassion left in him to try and please her, "he gets up, goes to her, kisses her. She receives it. With a certain disappointment, her returns to the table". From this particular quote, I can verify that the lovers are in a strained relationship and one of them (John) is attempting to amends for his mistakes, whereas his partner remains unsatisfied and ignores his actions completely. To the observation of the audience they become aware of the impact the affair of Abigail has had on the lovers' relationship and how it is still looming in the depths their minds every time they approach each other to express their regards. ...read more.


This creates tension as the lovers are not equal of power. Elizabeth is restricted from speaking her views on current events because if she were to disagree with John, he has the ability to "roar her down". She is always pressured into "smiling" during the most awkward situations even though deep down she might want to express herself differently. To conclude the matter, I would say that Miller attains the tension he wants by making certain there is a constant presence of Abigail Williams looming in both John's and Elizabeth's mind whilst they are attempting to have a civilised conversation about a natural subject; through her, friction was generated and paved the way for the disagreements yet to happen in act two. For me, Abigail is the reason for the terrible anxiety and gruelling strain both lovers are put through. It is understandable to say she is the cause of mayhem in the play, not only in John's and Elizabeth's relationship but in addition she initiates the witchcraft hysteria too; however, that aside, I feel as though without her presence in the play, it would not be the same. Evidently speaking, Miller produces every story line around Abigail, she is the key to the tension concerning John and Elizabeth, but more importantly she is also the key to The Crucible's success in becoming such as extremely captivating play. ...read more.

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