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Discuss how Miller uses dramatic techniques to dramatise the themes in 'The Crucible'

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Discuss how Miller uses dramatic techniques to dramatise the themes in ' The Crucible' Arthur Millers Drama is based on the Salem witch trials of 1692. He wrote the play much later than 1953 as an indictment of the anti-Communist tactics of Joseph McCarthy. Miller recognised there was parralel between the hysteria which swept Salem in 1692 and the anti-Communist witch hunt which raged though America during the 1950's 'Red Scare'. During reasearch I found that Miller chose this subject as it contained mass hysteria and he wanted to show what its social and psychological consequences might be, which reflected the possible consquences of the MacCarthy Era. The Language throughout the play are powerful, evocative and memorable, such as Elizabeths behaviour as 'an evalasting funeral'. How ever at important climax's such as the last few minutes of the play the languages' rythm is monosyllabic like the beat of a drum. 'What profit him to bleed? Shall the dust praise him? Shall the worms declare his truth? Got to him, take his shame!' The Crucible's strucure contains four acts where the supernatural dabblings increase into a more and more desperate situation. ...read more.

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Traditionally the women would have worn white bonnets, showing their purity. One may react to their practical understated clothing reflecting thier pious nature. Abigail always wore buttons undone which emphasised her lusteous nature. There is also a significance of light which produces a feel of region as it is thought to be 'the light'. An example of this is also at the start of the play (Act 1) 'There is a narrow window at the left. through its leaded panes the moring sunlight streams.' It is interesing how is spersifically states for 'leaded panes' as this gives a sense of inclosure and prison. Miller also uses the aspect of light at the end of the play '...and the new sun is pouring in upon her face,...' the aspect and use of light here of the 'new sun', symbolises a new life after this tragedy. This technique many inspire the audience to want to know what will happen next. Reverend Hale is met carrying books, he quotes 'they are weighted with authority'.(Act one) Miller's stage directions to Parris is for him to act 'a little scared'. ...read more.

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This confusion of parris and the judges links parris as being most judgemental which is odd in a Reverend as they are suppsoe to be all giving. Abigails character introduces the theme of sex and lust as she minipulates the situation with the supernatural games to succeed in winning John Proctors heart. This miniplulation leads into Johns death, which is ironic as Protor in Act one tells Abigail that she will be 'clapped in the stocks' before she is twenty, and it is Proctor, the hard working man with a kind heart heart is hung because of her. Proctors character has commited adultery previously with Abigail. When told of the accusation against Elizabeth, Hale quetions Proctors strength in religion as he does not attend church, he then asks John so resite the ten commandments, he repeats 'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,' as he has forgotten the commandment ' Thou shalt not commit adultery.' This irony builds the teeth clenching climax as the audience is to favour Proctor. It may also brig in mew questions such as 'Does Proctor not deep down think what he has commited is sinful?' or may it be that 'Does he concience decite him?' ...read more.

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