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Arthur Millers Play, The Crucible is a story where events are carefully organized by the playwright in order to show how a situation can be worked out. In Act 3, we come across a situation, where the plot reaches its climax.

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Introduction

Section (2) Arthur Miller's Play, "The Crucible" is a story where events are carefully organized by the playwright in order to show how a situation can be worked out. In Act 3, we come across a situation, where the plot reaches its climax. In Act 3, we find characters of the plot or people have to face this situation, since the people in the plot are good or bad, clever, likeable or unlikeable. But we find the characters change a lot in Act 3. In Act 3, we find all the loose ends of the plot are tied. All the unsolved points are explained. Act 3 has the most dramatic element of the whole plot, it consists of constant rising of suspense, whether the characters are guilty or not. In Act 3 the dramatist is trying to show how the rich people of Salem can manipulate the less fortunate. The dramatist also tells us through his play that the 17th Century was an era of a strong belief in supernatural, etc. So even the authority in power, were very cautious of dealing with anyone who threatened them. ...read more.

Middle

Superstition element in the play is revealed when Giles think his wife has been arrested because he said she read strange books. Following this, Proctor enters with Mary Warren, who cannot bring herself look at anyone in the room, claiming she is sick. She speaks about witchcraft and saying it was all pretence. Mary Warren, "I cannot lie no more, I am with God, I am with God". It appears now that Judges don't really want to listen to Mary, but only want her to change her mind. Abigail and girls are brought in. Another example of dramatic effect when in Court, Danforth says to Abigail "that a poppet was discovered in Mr Proctor's house, stabbed by a needle". The judge asks how Abigail had witnessed Mary struck her needle into the poppet for safekeeping. To which Abigail said, "Goody Proctor always kept poppets". Another dramatic effect when John Proctor confesses about is affair." Everything depends on Elizabeth's evidence. Elizabeth is brought in. Proctor and Abigail hold their breath and Elizabeth answers very hesitantly. Most dramatic part and dramatic Irony used, is when asked by Danforth in Courtroom, "Has he ever threatened you?" ...read more.

Conclusion

She further claims that Proctor tried to make her sign the Devil's book. Proctor is arrested and accused of being 'combined with 'anti-Christ'. Hale denounces the court and leaves with Danforth angrily calling after him. Proctor is put under pressure to confess by the judges when Proctor says, "I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another", and "They think they can go like saints. I like not to spoil their names". It means that Proctor knew most of the crimes or sins committed of the characters in the play. But he himself became a martyr and paid up with his life for other people sins. Act 3 is quite successful in showing the play's issues and concerns through its use of dramatic devices and effects. Many of the events in "The Crucible" occur because of the oppressive nature of the society in which people lived in the 17th Century. Act 3 takes place in the courtroom and presents us with the life or death struggle between superstition and reason. Hopes are raised and dashed. A crucial point in the drama is reached when John confesses to his adultery to Elizabeth. But it is Mary who denounces John Proctor who is arrested. ...read more.

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