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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller 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 Arthur Miller essays

  1. In this assignment I am going to investigate the dramatic Intensity of The Crucible's ...

    In the play john is a good character and we don't want him to die and everything seems to be going well, he is lying and has signed his name, but after this it strikes him that he can't give his name away as he knows it will be nailed

  2. Explore Abigail's Power over the other Characters. Examine her words, actions and context of ...

    Her violent and traumatising past may contribute to her actions that took place and her attitude towards using life to get her way. Abigail Williams is about 18 years old although historically her age has been increased. Abigail Williams is Reverend Parris's niece and ward.

  1. The Crucible - The scene of Hale's first meeting with the Proctors is a ...

    Good evening to you Sir. Come in, Come in" as if everything fine, but nevertheless indicating his nervousness towards Hale's entrance. After they sat down, there is a pause whilst Hale inspects his surroundings and for the first time Miller really builds up a sense of tension as the audience wonders who will break the silence.

  2. Choose a dramatic section of the play and analyse how Miller conveys this to ...

    When he's asked for a second time, he doesn't even answer the question (notice the "slight pause"; A possible sign of him trying to think about how to get out of the situation). When he finally agrees, he stares away, as though what he just did was something extremely shameful.

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