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In what ways does Miller succeed in making the moment when Proctor tears up his confession particularly dramatic?

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In what ways does Miller succeed in making the moment when Proctor tears up his confession particularly dramatic? "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller shows many themes of what life could have been like in the seventeenth century. The play is set in the town of Salem, amongst a Puritan society. The characters in the play are deeply religious. Anyone who was considered to be a witch was condemned to death. Any sort of witchcraft was considered as worshiping the devil, which is totally against their faith. The story is based on a series of accusations which culminate in a large court case. The main theme of the play examines whether or not the main character can remain truthful to his faith even if the result is death. This becomes apparent in the last scene of the play (Act 4) when John Proctor, is faced with the confession. Eventually, John gets exasperated with the court, tears up the confession, and destined to be hung. The irony of whether Proctor will sign the confession or tear it up is dramatic since so much of what happened before is based on lies. ...read more.

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Great passion is evident in the relationship between John and Elizabeth in act 4, by the way they express their feelings. She tells John, "I never knew how I should say my love", now explaining the depth of her love for him. Their once cold relationship finds the fire it was missing. Furthermore, Miller uses the stage direction in this sequence to add to the drama of Proctor's eventual destruction of the confession. The author quotes, "He has lifted her, and kisses her with great passion". This shows the affection that we previously have not seen in scenes, so this sequence is dramatic. Also, the way that the audience would be able to physically see their love for each other adds intensity to the moment. Proctor experiences a moral dilemma through constant questioning. He is interrogated, "What is John Proctor?" This gives the impression that he is not seen as a person, but more as a symbol of what he represents. This is significant because to some, his religious virtues are questioned because of witchcraft. ...read more.

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This symbolises as he rips up this confession, it is as though he is also tearing his life away for the truth. "Proctor: And there's your first marvel, that I can". This suggests that although he may be condemned to death, he can see that it is the right thing to do. It is dramatic because he once had a strong presence and now that he is faced with death, mortality makes him question himself. In contrast, he regains his virtue. In conclusion, the theme of the play was rising over adversity, and standing for the truth even till death. John had the chance to free himself, by signing the confession and living a lie. At the trial he stood up for what he believed in, and died a righteous man. He learnt what truth meant through his suffering. This could be compared with how Jesus suffered, which reflects the depth of his religious beliefs to the audience. Through Proctor's struggle, Miller displays the struggles within people of today. It reminds us that man is not perfect, and that we can make mistakes. It shows we can be forgiven by doing what is right. Overall, we experience an effective piece of drama. Charlotte Hamil Year 10 ...read more.

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