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

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In this assignment I am going to investigate the Dramatic Intensity of The Crucible's courtroom scene. I am going to do this by exploring the language used, how the characters develop and how Arthur miller unfolds the plot to keep the reader interested and how emotion and feelings dictate the movements of the play. The Crucible is set against the backdrop of the mad hunts of the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. It is about a town, after accusations from a few girls, which begins a mad hunt for witches that did not exist. Many towns' people were hanged on charges for of witchcraft. Miller brings out the absurdity of the incident with the theme of truth and righteousness. The theme is conveyed through the struggles of Miller's main character John Proctor. In The Crucible all the events flow naturally from one event to next. Everything happens naturally from the natures of the characters. The fact that the story isn't made up and it is based on a true story makes the play interesting. There was sufficient conflict, so many things going on, it kept my interest aroused. There is much tension and suspense in the story. It covers basic human instinct and qualities. It shows the human necessity for survival, and the lengths at which a person will go to save his life. The Crucible is a study of mass hysteria that affects the village of Salem in a foremost way. There are many themes running through the play. One is obviously witchcraft. There is an idea of Abuse of power and, also the individuality and society, this is important because it is set in the 17th century and everyone was the same. There is an idea of honour and truth. Proctor (a strong character) tries to keep his reputation, but gives it up to reveal the truth. Through his struggle he achieves righteousness. ...read more.


This is important for us to know what is happening especially if we are reading it. The stage directions tell us what a character does and how they do it. Time and again there will be phrases such as 'pleadingly' or 'Angrily' or ' crying out' are used to assist us to understand how a character is feeling so the reader may familiarize themselves with what is gong on and the emotions they are going through. The narrator can also give us background info on characters so you can develop an opinion on them that we might need. The narrator and stage direction adds to the dramatic effect of the play as it paints a more vivid image in the mind of the reader. It puts more action and impact into the play making it more real. It ties the play together and makes it come alive! If the characters just stood anywhere or somewhere not knowing what their expressions are it would directly become boring. All the devices put together add to the dramatic intensity of the play because it really helps the structure and arrangement of the play by adding images in the mind of excitement and interest as the plot unfolds! I will now be revising Act 3, the courtroom room scene when notions and instincts come into play. The scene is important, as it is when the main themes are unearthed and dealt with and where new revelations come into light, which disrupt the village of Salem. Immediately the narrator gives us a vivid picture of the setting, which is the vestry room of the Salem meeting hall, and introduces the characters here. We are brought straight into the action of Martha Corey's trial. Soon after, Giles Corey bursts in claiming he has evidence for the court, along with Francis Nurse, who were determined to prove the girls as frauds. ...read more.


In my opinion the video was a exceptional version of the play. It didn't ruin any images of the characters that I had in my mind, other than the appearance's I think that the video helped me to appreciate the play more. I would have to say that the only bad thing about the video was that unlike the play there was no narrator. No one to give the background information so we had to work it out ourselves. Watching the play was definitely more intense and dramatic for me whereas the play wasn't as exciting to read, although it did bring more depth and background to the people of Salem. The video was easy to follow as emotions were acted out really well. Whereas in the play all we would read was their emotions in brackets e.g. (angrily. ) this could be very dull and dreary at times. The 2 are very different and have a high quality in their own ways. Each form of the Crucible is an interesting way of illustrating the story, and adds to the dramatic intensity because we are able to see and read about people's feelings and emotions, these are very valuable to drama as it adds interest and has the edge of the seat effect. The crucible is a thrilling play which gripped my attention, and after researching the play I have found how Arthur miller has allowed the plot to flow naturally to unfold dramatic intensity shown through themes to add tension and emotion to the story line. The theme witchcraft adds anxiety as other themes are unearthed,. The individual and society theme, when everyone is expected to act the same we discover witchcraft, which is brought by one of the main characters which does not belong to the same society. The narrator & stage instructions added to the text added conflict, however after watching the play I found it greatly enjoyable. I felt Arthur Miller made the crucible dramatic by showing feeling and emotion shone through accusations and the events of the play. ...read more.

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