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By close consideration of the final act of 'The Crucible' from Elizabeth's speech "I promise nothing, let me speak with him", to the end, consider what techniques Miller uses to create a tragic climax to his play?

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By close consideration of the final act of 'The Crucible' from Elizabeth's speech "I promise nothing, let me speak with him", to the end, consider what techniques Miller uses to create a tragic climax to his play? Close consideration of the final act of the play 'The Crucible', reveals Miller's tragic climax. Miller uses historical influences and his own personal experiences to develop this play. There are several layers of meaning; historical (witchcraft), political (McCarthyism) and the ever-present approach to the play as stagecraft and theatre. Miller has added a running commentary on the issues and personalities of Salem. There is no character in the play "who did not play a similar and in some cases exactly the same role in history", which Miller stated in his note on the historical accuracy of The Crucible. ...read more.

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She and Proctor started their affair when Elizabeth became ill, and whilst she was working for them. Abigail wanted to carry the affair on even when Elizabeth was better and knew all about it. As a result of their affair, Elizabeth threw Abigail out onto the highroad with nowhere to live and no job. The theme courage was uncovered in the case when Giles Corey refused to tell Danforth important names. Giles Corey did not seem bothered that they were going to press him with great stones. Miller gives an impression of fear in act one when Hale, Parris and Putnam were interrogating regarding Tituba's compact with the Devil. ...read more.

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Rebecca Nurse has mixed feelings; she is normally cool, calm and relaxed. She shows shocked expressions if she is told something that would amaze her. We, as the audience, feel the sense of catharsis right from the beginning of the final act, with the first point being when Elizabeth has been called into the courts and is asked to plead with Proctor. She replies with "I promise nothing, let me speak with him". At this point, we can see that Elizabeth is feeling very tense, upset and fears of what may happen to her future, what would happen to Proctor's future and what she may have to do in the courts. When she see Proctor being dragged in with his wrists chained, the sympathy is drawn by the physical ...read more.

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