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Discussing three events (End of Act 1, 3 and 4) from the Crucible.

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ENGLISH COURSEWORK CRUCIBLE I have chosen three events (End of Act 1, 3 and 4) from the Crucible. I have chosen them because they create anxiety and show the relationships between Arthur Miller's experiences of McCarthyism and how he creates dramatis irony. The crucible is about the witchcraft trials that took place 200 years ago. The consequence of the witchcraft hunt was that people were hanged and many people confessed to being witches because they didn't want to be hung. The significance of this to Arthur miller was that during those days there had been hysteria about McCarthyism. Since 1938, an organisation called the house of Un-American activities committee had been in existence in America. They had the power to investigate any movement or person who apparently threatened the safety of America. This committee under the chairmanship of Senator McCarthy became paranoid and excited in its witch hunt of communist sympathisers amongst the American people during a time when America feared communists. people were charge by McCarthy as communist sympathisers .they were pressured to give other people's names who were then sought out in the witch hunt. Among the various actors, liberal writers and directors, Arthur Miller was accused as well. His experience made him remember the witch trials that happened two centuries before and made him write the Crucible. The basic element of the story was that the good person was Arthur Miller since he refused to admit that he was a communist and likewise in the Crucible John Proctor. ...read more.

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I want Abigail to do all these because since she saw Tituba confess and get her way out of trouble, she does the same as well. Inspired by Tituba, Abigail sensed her way out. She knew that once she confessed and convinced them and named a few people they would believe her. In the third act, the court takes over the witchcraft trails and proctor unveils his fatal flow." It is a whore."I want Proctor to say this line in an angry frustrated tone to show that he can't take the madness in court anymore. He would have wild, angry eyes and there would be pain and guilt on his face to create an impact upon the audience that he was heart broken to tell the truth to the court and to have his name in shame. While the guards are holding back proctor from Abigail he would be glaring at her and his fists would be in the air ready to hit him. He does this to show to the audience that while his wife is innocent, he couldn't do anything to prove it to the court. He realized that unless he told the truth to the court Abigail would be accusing more innocent people to witchcraft and he wouldn't be able to help his wife either. Proctor put emphasis on the word "whore" to show that he seriously meant what he was saying. ...read more.

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He was in a mental dilemma of whether to confess or not. He couldn't bare to tell a lie but he did it for the sake of his family. When danforth actually demands the paper back, Proctor could not take it anymore. He was determined not to blacken his name. "Because it is my name. Because I cannot have another one in my life!" He would shout this line in a fury, his face would show frustration and his hands would be at his side in fists. I want him to do it like this because he confessed only to live with his family and to get on with his life. He had done a moral dilemma. It creates an impact upon the audience that by confessing he had given his soul because he was a moral guy who believed that witchcraft was just sheer nonsense. He didn't want to let his friends down but he did it. Proctor and Arthur Miller were true moral person because in the end they never confessed. They didn't want to commit another sin. Arthur Miller and Proctors situations were the same. Both didn't want to be disrespected but to be admired and they didn't want to go along with lies. In the crucible Miller creates a dramatic suspense in the end. While the audience thinks that proctor is actually going to confess he doesn't at the end. Miller's suspense creates excitement for the audience. ...read more.

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