• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Arthur Miller create tension in act 3 of The Crucible?

Extracts from this document...


Amy Lange 10 Set 1 How does Arthur Miller create tension in Act Three of 'The Crucible'? There are many ways in which Arthur Miller creates tension, suspense and frustration in the audience throughout Act Three of 'The Crucible'. The dram is based on an outbreak of Witchcraft hysteria in Salem 1692. During this, many innocent people were charged and hanged with Witchcraft due to the intensity of the Puritan beliefs and tight social conventions. A state of tension arises even at the very beginning of Act Three when the stage direction instructs an 'empty room'. This emphasises the forbidding setting and straight away the audience would wonder why no-one is on stage. There would be much tension in the audience as they wait for someone to enter. This empty room also reinforces the plainness of the Puritan ethic. However, the tension is slightly broken when voices are heard through the portioning wall. A question is asked and a woman (Martha Corey) replies, "I am innocent to a Witch. I know not what a Witch is." This would alert the audience because they are straight away informed that someone is thought to be a Witch. Then, when Martha Corey explains that she can not be a Witch because she does not know what a Witch is, more tension is put upon the audience. ...read more.


This shows that he has read something that has maybe shocked him in a way, causing him to be rather speechless after. This would definitely create tension throughout the audience because they would want to know what it was that he had read. However, the uncomfortable tension of this scene is later relaxed when Giles Corey is being questioned by Danforth about his deposition. It is quite humorous and there is much inconsequential detail included. For example, Giles gets angry and says, "A fart on Thomas Putnam, that is what I say to that!" The audience would have found this quite amusing; relaxing the tension and creating a calmer atmosphere once again. We can see here that there were many disagreements and quarrels between neighbours. These quarrels were often over land issues and can be linked to the theme of 'The individual and society'. There is a quite a lot of repetition included later in this scene when Hale and Danforth are talking. They repeat the words, "fear" and "country" a number of times within four sentences. The word "fear" would definitely create tension in the audience because as soon as it is mentioned they would feel on edge as to why it is being said so often. Soon after we see that Hale changes sides and goes against what the girls are saying. ...read more.


Abigail is then left, alone in the middle of the room screaming. Here the tension in the audience would be incredible and they would be transfixed on Mary. Once again the tension is broken by Proctor striding towards her but it quickly builds up again as Mary notices him and rushes away screaming in horror. She shouts, "Don't touch me- don't touch me!" Here the girls all stop at the door and Mary rushes to Abigail sobbing. She has gone back to Abigail's side and this would create tension in the audience because it is unexpected after everything Abigail has put Mary Warren through. The tension continues to build again as Hale decides to quit the court and slams the door behind him. Danforth shouts after him, "Mr Hale! Mr Hale!" This is the last line of Act three and really leaves the ending of the act at a peak of tension. It would leave the audience very tense and wanting to know what happens in the remainder of the play to the girls and the others. Overall, we can see that Arthur Miller successfully uses many ways to create tension, suspense and frustration in the audience throughout Act Three of 'The Crucible'. The tension is caused by a variety of methods ranging from the use of silences to mass hysteria between Abigail and the girls. However, we can see that all the ways used by Miller are extremely successful. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Techniques Used by Wells in The Red Room to Create a Feeling of ...

    4 star(s)

    Tension is built by how the young man expresses his feelings. To conquer his fear of the unknown the man places a candle in an alcove in the corner of the room: "At last, to reassure myself, I walked with a candle into it, and satisfied myself that there was nothing tangible there.

  2. How does Arthur Miller use techniques to show Eddie's changing relationships

    'beautiful' suggests Eddie might have sexual feelings for Catherine. Eddie is also over protective and concerned about her. Eddie questions her clothing choice and mentions her 'walkin' wavy'. Again, even though he is trying to look out for her the best advice he can for her own good, the manner

  1. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    The author makes a very dramatic change to the character of Jekyll who is the main character. Jekyll changes a lot. The way he changes makes the novel exciting and interesting. The author does this to create suspense and atmosphere in the story.

  2. How does Reginald Rose establish and maintain a sense of tension in Twelve Angry ...

    They are snappier and seem on edge. Juror 7 sarcastically criticises Juror 6: 'Great idea. Maybe we can follow this one up with dancing and refreshments'. This unpleasant atmosphere is reflected in the stormy weather outside - another technique which creates tension that Rose has used to great effect.

  1. how does the director paul greengrass create tension in the film united 93

    As the attack is about to begin, you can see the face of the terrorist with bomb changing and getting tenser, and his face gets wetter with sweat. You can also see Ahmed al-Nami getting a nod from the terrorist next to him, then he looks at Jarrah, and gets

  2. Discuss the theme of deception in Shakespeare's

    to Claudio and Don Pedro who then decided to humiliate Hero when they are beginning the marriage. Furthermore because a woman who lost her virginity before she was married in the Renaissance period was seen as a horrific thing and was extremely shameful for the woman (which was most likely

  1. how Much Ado about Nothing reinforces and/or challenges the patriarchal ideology of Elizabethan Society.

    Leonato is characterised as a responsible father and in being given this role, holds a position of great power. Leonato's power is evident through both his speech, and the actions of Hero towards him. For example, after discussing Claudio's intentions Leonato says to Hero, "Daughter remember what I told you:

  2. Great Expectations - Character Introduction

    The image of a gentle giant is created. This is because he cares much for Pip but can develop a temper. Like at the end of the extract when he starts shouting at Jaggers, "If you come into my place bull-baiting and badgering me, come out!"

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work