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Comment on the dramatic effectiveness of the scene and the ways in which themes of the play are explored. - The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Introduction

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? "The Crucible" is a play written by Arthur Miller set in 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts. It is a play written about witchcraft, but to a higher degree, it is a play about emotions; hate, love, loyalty, remorse and guilt. It is a play of pressure, deceit, betrayal and death. "The Crucible" is instantly compelling, it absorbs and engrosses the audience in a recreation of actual historical events. The crucible is about a young girl called Abigail; Abigail is in love with a married man called John Proctor with whom she has had an affair. She claims that she has seen certain people with the devil. One of those is John's wife, Elizabeth. ...read more.

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Miller is very precise with his stage directions such as "Without warning or hesitation, Proctor leaps at Abigail and, grabbing her by her hair, pulls her to her feet." and " The door opens. Elizabeth enters with Parris. Parris leaves her. She stands alone, her eyes looking at Proctor." Arthur Miller uses pauses and repetitions effectively. "You - you are a Lecher" "In - what time" "How do you call heaven! Whore! Whore!" "Whore" and "It is a whore's vengeance." He uses dramatic irony very well, we know that John and Abigail have had an affair but there are four pages written about whether they have or not. All of these techniques create a very tense, emotional and dramatic atmosphere for the audience. ...read more.

Conclusion

If John didn't betray Elizabeth then the witchcraft wouldn't have started and if Mary didn't betray John then Abigail would have been exposed as a liar. Honour is another important theme as John is willing to give up his reputation to save the town from insanity but later on in the play instead of Abigail confessing to what she had done, she ran away. The play is a tragedy; the dramatic and thematic features in the play help us relate to that. The "good" people are hung while the "bad" people are getting away from it. When John Proctor puts his foot down we think he is going to save every one but in the end he dies as well. Theocracy was the type of ruling in Salem in 1692. ...read more.

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