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Look again at the end of ‘The Crucible’, from page 107 ‘ Alone Proctor walks to her, halts’ - How does Miller create dramatic tension in the final section of the play?

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Look again at the end of 'The Crucible', from page 107 ' Alone Proctor walks to her, halts.' How does Miller create dramatic tension in the final section of the play? The Crucible is set in America in 1692, written by Arthur Miller in the middle of the cold war, it was made to show what happened to the people who were accused of being communists, and had to face the American Government of un-American activities committee. Arthur Miller was made to come upon the committee and in this, he was made to name other people, like in the crucible when John Proctor was in front of the court. He wrote it about witchcraft in 1692 because he could have been sent to jail if he had made it directly about the cold war. I am going to focus my essay on the conflicts between different characters or groups of characters and how Arthur Miller uses this to cause dramatic tension. There are many conflicts in the play but the main conflicts are the ones between Elizabeth Proctor and John Proctor, Abigail Williams and John Proctor and Hale and the court. ...read more.

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Tears pleasure them! Show a stony heart and sink them with it! The audience are aware that Abigail and proctor had an affair but when John tells Abigail that he does not wish to see her again she tries to get her own back by accusing Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft. She does this also to try and get proctor on his own so then they will dance on Elizabeth's grave. Her plans back fires when John admits to the court that they had an affair. "Proctor: Mark her! Now she'll suck a scream to stab me with, but- Danforth: You will prove this! This will not pass! Proctor: I have known her." "Proctor: She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave!" Through this part in the court Abigail shows that she has authority in the town by shouting at the head of the court to try and change his mind, he replies by saying that he trust her over proctor. "Abigail: I have been hurt, Mr Danforth; I have seen my blood runnin' out! I have been near to murdered every day because I've done my duty pointing out the devils people and this is my reward! ...read more.

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Arthur miller uses the conflicts between different characters or a group of characters to cause dramatic tension extremely well, as he gives whole scenes to get to know the characters and then brings them together in the last scene. The reason why this helps cause dramatic tension is because as we know the characters, we expect them to do something but they end up going against it, like in the court when we expect Elizabeth to tell the truth, she tells a lie to save her husband, but ends up getting him killed. I think that this also helps to make the ending a lot more satisfactory, by ending many lives of characters we know and have heard express there feelings. He also resolves the main conflict between Elizabeth and Johns marriage, which was dramatised in act two, so every thing turned out well, and if John had stayed alive many more people would have probably died as a result of revenge, anger, the want of power and jealousy. It was good to be told what happened after the book ended because I was wondering what had happened to Abigail and if Elizabeth was hung after the baby had been born, which had kept her from being hung for a year, was born. ...read more.

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