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Dramatic tension is created by Miller throughout the Crucible in many ways. Straightaway, the title of the play,

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The Crucible Coursework Excitement, nervousness, stress, anxiety, suspense, unease, and apprehension are all forms of dramatic tension that Miller creates throughout the Crucible. Dramatic tension is created by Miller throughout the Crucible in many ways. Straightaway, the title of the play, "the Crucible" implies to the audience of the tension that is to come in the play. Miller names the play "the Crucible" to represent the puritanical society of Salem, the historic people of Salem wanted to purify each other from the Devil's work, they even went to the extent of killing their fellow neighbours in order to purify them. The variety of characters involved in the witch trials all combine to create suspense. Miller creates vivid personalities for the main characters in the play, the characters are contrasting and their relationships between each other create tension. Speech directions influence how the characters speak and act. The stage settings crafted by Miller create tension, especially in Act 3, in the court room scene where there is dramatic tension created by the characters arguing vigorously with each other. Miller uses the setting of "The Crucible" to create dramatic tension. The play took place in a newly made colony called Salem at the time of 1692. Miller describes the in such a way that it creates an atmosphere of tension throughout the play. Salem was surrounded by wilderness; some of Salem's people were killed from tribes that were from these forests. The religious leaders were fiercely puritanical and protective of their religion, a form of protestant Christianity. The religious leaders were so zealous and paranoid about their religious beliefs and authority being challenged or diminished by outside influences, that their control of people in Salem was extremely restrictive. ...read more.

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The variety of dialect the characters have in "The Crucible" is one way how Miller creates dramatic tension throughout the play. Miller portrays characters who are contrasting to each other such as the characters of Danforth and Giles. Miller describes Danforth as a very well respected powerful strict judge; his characteristics are reflected by the way Danforth speaks. Danforth uses sophisticated dialect; he uses complicated words such as "affidavit", "procedure" and "contemptuous". On the other hand Miller describes Giles as an old, unstable unintelligent man. This is revealed when Giles speaks, he uses unsophisticated casual language. This difference in dialect between the characters creates tension for the audience because the audience feels that Giles has no chance in defending himself with words that are merely unable to trouble the intelligent vocabulary of Danforth. The character of Danforth seems to have the ability to intimidate and dominate someone with the intelligence of Giles. This dominance in character creates tension to the audience. Miller builds up tension in a very dramatic scene were Mary is rooted to the spot when she is asked to pretend to faint by the judges in court. Mary is very nervous and petrified; Miller shows this tension by the way Mary speaks. Mary stutters in her speech, she speaks in a lot of short sentences and repeatedly gets interrupted by other more dominant characters. Miller also shows tension created by speech later on in Act 3 when all the girls repeat Mary's pleading cries of innocence. The girls repeating everything Mary says builds up an atmosphere of dramatic tension because it is as though the girls are bewitched by Mary's invisible powers which is in itself ridiculous. ...read more.

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His immense pride and fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold his adultery from the court, but by the end of the play he is more concerned with his personal integrity than his public reputation. Proctor still wants to save his name, but for personal and religious reasons, rather than public reasons. Proctor's refusal to provide a false confession is a true religious and personal stand. Such a confession would dishonour his fellow prisoners, who are brave enough to die as testimony to the truth. Perhaps more relevantly, a false admission would also dishonour him, staining not just his public reputation, but also his soul. By refusing to give up his personal integrity Proctor implicitly proclaims his conviction that such integrity will bring him to heaven, "I do think I see some goodness in John Proctor". He goes to the gallows redeemed for his earlier sins. As Elizabeth says to end the play, responding to Hale's plea that she convince Proctor to publicly confess: "He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!" Miller uses speech directions and descriptions of action in the play to create an atmosphere of tension throughout "The Crucible". In the last page of the play Miller uses speech directions to show how desperate Hail is to stop Proctor from hanging himself, Miller shows him "dropping to his knees" to show his desperation. Hail does all he can to stop Proctor from hanging and surprisingly so too does Parris, this creates tension because even Parris, who hated Proctor, wants the ridiculous hangings to stop because they have gone out of control. Miller describes the beating of the drum rolls to create an atmosphere of suspense, the drum rolls are a gradual sign of the music of Proctor's heroic yet tragic death. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Crucible Coursework By Sadiq Hashmi 11AP ...read more.

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