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How does Aurther Miller make this scene particullaly dramatic for the audience?

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This scene is one of the most significant in the whole play, many things happen in this scene and it is here that we see events turn and changes occur. Elizabeth's character is changed after being imprisoned for months she finally meets with proctor, however in this scene we lead to proctors downfall. And Elizabeth tries to protect her husband, but ultimately leads to condemning him. Proctor admits to adultery in this scene, which not only opens himself up to many attacks from others in the play, but also ruins his reputation and name. Tension builds in the court between Abigail in the court, but who is to be believed ? And with Proctor, Elizabeth and Abigail on stage at the same time, emotions run very high. At the beginning of the scene Abigail was in disgrace, and nobody believes her, however by the end of the scene we see the strengthening of her character, into a some-what more trustworthy person. ...read more.


which explains why purgery was so important to the community, and for Elizabeth it would have been extremely hard to go against her faith and swear on the bible, then lie. During the scene there is much drama, with many conflicts, outbursts, pauses, and the language is very tense. In the play there are many stage directions indicating this tension. Danforths tone of voice is very commanding, and there are lots of short, snappy lines. In the scene Elizabeth and Danforth are the only characters to have speaking parts for a time. The positioning of the characters has much significance as well, as Danforth places them in a triangle, facing the walls, so they are unable to communicate. This is another demonstration of his power in the court, as he is able to say "you here, you there" Abigails presence makes this scene emotionally charged, with two small words... ...read more.


He saw that people were settling old scores, and paying each other back, it was nothing more than "private vengeance." This shows great courage on Hales part, to stand up to the court; it is however unfortunate for him that nobody else shares the same view. Most of the time the town folk in 1692 would have lead very dull, boring, monotonous lives so the trials, for those not being accused would have been a great social event, with discussions and gossip running throughout the town like wildfire. Finally Arthur Miller has created parallels between the play and his own experience, this is evident from the McCarthy witch hunts in 1960 and the witch hunts in 1692, Salem. So in conclusion; this scene is one of the most significant in the whole play because of the downfall of Proctor ( mainly due to his wives condemnation, and his admission of adultery ) Hales mistakes in court along with Danforths actions and the rest of the cast, allow the audience to really be involved with the play. By Daniel Rogers 945 words ...read more.

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