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Arthur Miller builds up tension for the audience by a skilful use of dialogue, entrances and actions. By discussing one or two examples of each, from Act Two say how he does this.

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The Crucible Arthur Miller builds up tension for the audience by a skilful use of dialogue, entrances and actions. By discussing one or two examples of each, from Act Two say how he does this. The crucible written by Arthur Miller is a play based on true events that took place in the small community of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The play is based on the witchcraft trials that took place but at the same time it reflects views and attitudes of society and the influence religion had at that time on the people. In the Crucible Arthur Miller gives us an insight on the absurd actions of a few girls which results in vengeance, corruption, death and the destruction to a whole community. The main character in the play is John Proctor a local farmer. Proctor is seen as a straightforward, hard working, honest man but one who is constantly plagued with the memory of his sin: committing adultery. Abigail Williams the servant who he had an affair with develops a passion for him and tries to seduce him again. This leads to many problems including a rift between the relationship between John and his wife Elizabeth. ...read more.

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As soon as John and Elizabeth recover from the shock of seeing Hale they have another surprise. The timing of Giles Corey and Francis nurse entrance is just at the right time when things were beginning to get out of hand. The news that Goody Corey and Rebecca nurse are arrested is very shocking. Proctor: "Rebecca's in the jail!" We can tell that the characters are shocked at the realization that hysteria has set about in Salem. The tension rises dramatically as Rebecca Nurse is a devout Christian and the pillar of society for the people of Salem. If Rebecca can get accused anybody could. Elizabeth: "They've surely gone wild now, Mr Hale!" Elizabeth's words echo what the audience is thinking. The audience is aware of the dangers arising and fear for what is going to happen next. Arthur Miller grasps the attention of the audience by building up the suspense. Arthur Miller brings the scene to its climax by the entrance of Ezekiel Cheever. "Enter Ezekiel Cheever. A shocked silence." Tension rises dramatically as the audience are aware that he is a member of the court and therefore any thing to do with him would mean trouble. ...read more.

Conclusion

The words John uses are very demanding. Although the audience are aware that he has a bad temper it is very shocking as they have not seen him this disturbed. "(He throws her to the floor, where she sobs, 'I cannot I cannot...)" The audience fear for Mary Warren by the way John is treating her. His violent actions are very effective, and although he is fighting for an innocent cause the audience fear him as they are uncertain of how far he will go."(Grasping her by the throat as though he would strangle her)" "My wife will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but the goodness will not die for me!" The audience at this stage would be absolutely aghast, As well as feeling sorry for him they are aware that he is capable of anything. The language suggests that he is mentally and emotionally disturbed and will go to any lengths to rescue his wife. In act two I think Arthur Miller has succeeded in portraying how paranoia and hysteria can destroy lives and bring destruction to a whole community through the use of dialogue, entrances and actions. By building up the suspense and tension he has skillfully created a mixture of emotions for both the audience and characters which keeps the excitement going. ...read more.

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