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The courtroom scene of act two is described as the most dramatic scene of the play. How does Miller make it dramatic? In your opinion is it more dramatic than act 4?

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The courtroom scene of act two is described as the most dramatic scene of the play. How does Miller make it dramatic? In your opinion is it more dramatic than act 4? The Crucible was written in 1953 by Arthur Miller who was born on the 17th October 1915 in New York City, and wrote many plays including No Villain and All My Sons. The play is based on real events that happened in Salem Massachusetts, and even uses real people for characters in the play such as John Proctor and Abigail Williams, although some details like Abigail's age has been changed to make the play more acceptable. In 1692 mass hysteria took over due to the witch trials as a group of girls started falling ill and accused people of being witch's and claimed they where helping the devil, casting spells, sending their spirits out, and various other acts of witchcraft. By the time the trials where over, 140 people where accused in Salem alone and 19 where hanged, 13 died in jail and 1 man named Giles Corey, who is a minor character in the play, was crushed to death. When Miller visited Salem he was able to look at the court papers, and other resources which helped him to write the play. The crucible was written during McCarthyism when Senator Joseph McCarthy, chairman of the HUAC (House of Un-American Activities Committee), started searching for Communist within the American public. People with grudges would accuse their own neighbours of being involved with communism. Senator McCarthy and special congressional committees would then investigate and the accused would have to go to court and be put on trial where it would be decided whether or not they would go to prison as a consequence, which has a similar structure of that to what happened in Salem. Miller had been interested in the witch trials in Salem since he had started writing plays at the University of Michigan and saw the parallel between the two events and wrote "The Crucible". ...read more.

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When Elizabeth is arrested we see Johns rage and can see he still loves her dearly as he can not bear to see her taken away. Even though it did not seem like it at the start, when Elizabeth is so calm we know she still trusts John as she believes him when he says "I will bring you home. I will bring you soon", but we are still unsure of whether she trusts him completely. In Act 3 we see Proctors desperation to get Elizabeth out, and when he confesses to lechery as an attempt to save her we can see how deep their love really is, as through out the play the importance of a name has constantly been mentions, at the start Abigail complains that Elizabeth is ruining her name "My name is good in the village!", so it is a really dramatic moment in act 3 when John admits to lechery, as he knows he is damning his own name, which is something he has refused to do previously, as he is such a proud character who is respected by most, so it is like it is literally hurting him to do so and he breaks down when he does."(Trembling, his life collapsing around him)". Throughout the play we have also been told that Elizabeth won't lie, and assume that this is going to save everyone, but when she lies to protect John's reputation, and we can see how much it hurts her as Miller intends for her to answer faintly and in agony of that she has to lie, so when she does, we can she how much she loves John and can she that their love is deep, strong and goes beyond physical attraction. We know even after all that as happened between, them they will still be together at the end, if they survive as the hope we had has been lost. ...read more.

Conclusion

You will not use me!" In the end he feels he could not raise his sons and live with himself knowing he had sold his friends, and so decides to die a hero, and in away was washed of his sins as he was able to die with his pride and good name, which was one of the most important things to him. The way the stage was set in Act 3 also adds to the drama, as we can see nothing but a light shinning "but for sunlight pouring through two high windows in the back wall". This could represent many things, like hope, or to say that God is watching over, as religion plays a big part in the play. We can also see no characters on stage, but only hear voices of a trial that is going on and then interrupted by Giles who is then "half carried" into to the room for causing the uproar. The fact that he is crying he has evidence, raises our hopes, as the disruption makes us think the evidence must be good enough to solve the situation. Miller continues to add to the drama showing Judge Danforth to be wise and fair, but we can not be sure of which side he will take, as although he is respectful towards John etc, he does not want to look like he has been fooled by a group of young girls, so although he appears to consider all the evidence carefully, he always seems to be able to counter it, making us think that something will have to be sacrificed in order to win him over, but when that to does not work, we are left with out hope, which builds up the drama for act 4 as we are unsure of what is going to happen. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Crucible By Katrina Millen ...read more.

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