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Explain how dramatic tension is built up in this act, paying particular attention to the main characters, historical context and Miller(TM)s stage directions.

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The Crucible Coursework Explain how dramatic tension is built up in this act, paying particular attention to the main characters, historical context and Miller's stage directions. The action of the play is based on an historical event (and those events can be related to what goes on in the world today), the Salem witchcraft trials and hunts which took place in Massachusetts in 1692. But Miller author notice the drama has more recent parallels with the anti-Communist witch-hunts in the mid 1950s which was ran by the Un-American activities Commission. In a contemporary context, you could see similarities with the recent media witch-hunts against a number of conspicuous figures from the worlds of politics, business, sport and show business. Arthur Miller has used unique techniques in Act 3 to build up dramatic tension with various climax points. Act 3 is the act where all the little things the characters have said and done come together. Through the use of dialogue, stage directions which enable us to envisage the scene on stage and characterisation we can see how dramatic tension is created by Miller which can not be easily accomplished in true-life play at that time. ...read more.

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Parris tries to back this up by saying Proctor never goes to church on Sunday and that his baby hasn't been baptised; then this turns the minds of the audience as they think Proctor is the one who has the Devil inside of him. It now seems as if Proctor has kept a secret and has now been exposed, but Proctor defends himself by saying 'I - I have no love for Mr Parris. It is no secret. But God I surely love. Proctor receives news from Danthorth saying Elizabeth sent him a claim stating she was pregnant (if Elizabeth is to be found guilty, they cannot hang her whilst she is carrying an innocent baby, so she has at least a year). Of those accused, three were Rebecca Nurse (accused by the Putnams for the supernatural murder of Mrs. Putnam's babies), Martha Corey (for supernaturally cursing a man so that all the pigs he bought would die), and Elizabeth Proctor, John's wife accused by Abigail of using a doll to supernaturally give her a stab wound in the stomach. But Mary was the one who left the dolly at the Proctor's home and sewing needles where found in it; this affects the audience has they know what has happened and this makes the audience have sypathy for Elizabeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

Abigail screams along with the girls insisting there are evil spirits after the in the court room, Mary is begging them to stop it. The girls then flee to the side of the court room screaming the devil is coming. All this acting by the girls has yet again manipulated Mary and she turns the blame on John. This is because fear runs everyone's life and blaming and accusations are taken advantage of. 'You're the Devils man' John is stopped in his tracks by that remark made by Mary. The technique Miller has used in this act has created unbelievable tension and twists. Mary runs to Abigail saying she would never hurt her. Danforth asks proctor what you are. 'I - say I - say - God is dead!' 'A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and your, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud - God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!' Craig Ihezie - 1 - ...read more.

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