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How does Miller create tension and drama in the courtroom scene of Act Three?

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Laura Pidding Twentieth Century Drama-The Crucible By Arthur Miller English 11k2 Miss Stiles How does Miller create tension and drama in the courtroom scene of Act Three? The crucible is about a mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. A group of young girls are caught dancing in the woods and are suspected to of been calling out to the devil. Strange things begin to happen around the local village which are then suspected to be the work of the devil. Everyone in the village is to appear in court and faced with a death sentence. This fantastic and extremely tense play is written by Arthur Miller. Throughout Act Three Danforth; the deputy governor, who is in his sixties and plays an important part, is introduced. He is very sophisticated and respectful. Danforth plays the part of a very loyal man in which he makes antagonising decisions. However he is a very strong character and has his own opinions without being easily persuaded. Danforth has high expectations of both himself and his people. ' I judge nothing of no one' This tells the audience what Danforth's character is like; a strong and noble man, and he will be looked upon as loyal man who has pride in which he can make his mind up for himself without listening to what others have to say. During Act Three Mary Warren plays a main part of a quiet girl who is made to confess by John Proctor that they girls are faking it and being over powered by the devil. Mary Warren who works for the Proctors has a good reputation. ...read more.

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He used to care a bit for her ' Abby I may think of you softly from time to time' Proctor was not interested in Abigail although they spoke to each other. However during Act Three Proctors feelings for Abigail became more strong, knowing that she was faking witchcraft, and was the reason why his wife was being convicted. He acts harshly towards Abigail: ' it is a whore' Proctor speaks quite disrespectfully towards Abigail, by calling her and ' it' this suggests that she means nothing and is so low and non important. This is because she is accusing Proctor of being the devils man. This shows Proctor to be a nasty man by resulting to calling Abigail nasty names. This makes the audience feel a sense of hate going on between Abigail and Proctor which then causes tension as he is accused of lechery. Proctor decides to tell the court about his affair to show them what Abigail is really like. He feels like there is no other solution that he is prepared to give up his good name to save himself and his wife. ' I have made a bell of my honour! I have rung the doom of my good name.' This creates drama as it creates more tension between the court and is another situation to be solved. Proctor forces Mary Warren to attend court to justify that the girls are lying and she was faking. Mary doesn't particularly want to be in court, she is a young innocent girl who only wants the truth to be told but cant face the fight on her own, however Proctor is there on her side, but cant help her at this time. ...read more.

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Screaming madly she makes this scene very tense ' her claws her claws, she's stretching her claws' The whole court then gets involved and its all dramatic, everyone is confused on what's going on and who to believe. On stage this should be portrayed as all the girls on one side of the room and the court on another, as its like them against the rest of the court. While Proctor is telling the court about him being a lecher, Abigail screams out along with the rest of the girls using strong facial expressions, while Proctor Hale, Danforth, all shout out at the same time different speeches about what's happening. E.g. Proctor is angry and confused, Danforth is confused. Therefore this would all look manic and tense! Scene three of the Crucible, was by far the best scene. It dramatically built up to tense situations and was constantly leaving the reader in suspense. My favourite scene was when Elizabeth was called into the court to justify Proctors accusation of lechery against Abigail. It gave the reader an unsure feeling of what the turn out would be like and what was going to happen next, this created more tension in this particular scene. I thought the ending was good and Act 3 was a fantastic build up for this dramatic ending. I think Miller's intention of scene 3 being so dramatic was to build of for the ending which was not what I would have expected to of been like. This is good because it makes the reader want to read on. Miller was definatly successful in writing this play, he gave me the message, of what it was like back then, very strict and strong about there beliefs and witch craft. I think people would have definatly learnt from this story which is very strong. ...read more.

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