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How does Arthur Miller create dramatic tension in the last moments of 'The Crucible'? Arthur Miller wrote 'The Crucible' to compare the injustice of America in 1950's to the witchcraft in Salem in the 1960's. In 1950's people were accused of being communists, which was seen as a threat to the capitalist world of America. In Salem innocent men and women were put into jails. They were accused of witchcraft. The only alternative for the people were to confess of trafficking with the devil even if the accusations were not true. Otherwise, their fate is to be hanged. This act was due to the fact that people in Salem believed every witch should be hanged according to the Bible. Many innocent lives were destroyed in vain when the true culprits, a group of girls were out there in Salem making false accusations on people. Arthur Millers' major themes of the play are love, judgment, dishonesty and pride. The girls were probably projecting their own guilt on the innocent. ...read more.


Here the audience's tension increases wanting to know whether John will confess or choose to become a martyr like Giles, his friend did. John 'with great force of will', but not quite looking at her as though he was ashamed says 'I have been thinking I would confess to them Elizabeth'. The audience feels great emotion as 'she shows nothing' and she only says 'I cannot judge you John'. The audience's tension increases as they expect her to persuade him to confess. But she with a slight pause says 'I want you living John. That's sure'. The audience's tension is maintained when John struggles with his conscience that he cannot break his honesty and it is hard 'to give a lie to dogs'. Then the tension is released, after a pause, he for the first time turns directly to her and asks for forgiveness from her for as he has become an adulterer, earlier in the play. The high emotion increases when Elizabeth too asks for forgiveness, 'It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery, suspicion kissed you when I did, I never knew how I should say my love'. ...read more.


I have no tongue for it'. As the play comes to a close the dramatic tension increases as John thinks that he has lost the battle against witchcraft, lies and judgment of the court. He considers his name to be the one thing he has left with now. 'I have given y soul, leave my name' he shouts at the judges when they insist him to sign the confession. Dramatic tension rises and reaches to a climax when the audience doubt whether he will sign the testimony in which he admits witchcraft. However, the moment of relief is suddenly lost when he refuses to give the signed paper, 'after glancing at his confession'. His eyes staring, 'Proctor tears the paper and crumples it'. The audience's emotion grows as they know he is going to be hanged. The sorrow rises as he 'kisses her mouth with great passion'. The audience's emotion grows, which fill their eyes with ears when Elizabeth cries out 'he has given his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him' as the new sun started pouring upon her face. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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