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The Crucible.

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Introduction

The Crucible The crucible written by Arthur Miller is all about a tragedy that happened in the seventeenth century in a small town called Salem. The tragedy happened all because of a teenage girl, Abigail Williams, she made lots of accusations and many innocent people were dying for what she said. Arthur Miller shows in the play how lies, jealousy, lust and accusations can change a community into madness. He makes it very dramatic by using a few skills like, dramatic irony, emotions and tension. In this assignment, I am going to do Act1 and Act3 because I think Arthur Miller has made it very dramatic in these two acts. The first point I am going to write about is when Parris questions Abigail because in this scene Parris catches a group of girls dancing in the forest and he thinks that they were conjuring spirits. Betty, Parris's daughter couldn't wake up at all which convinced Parris that witchcraft was about. He gets angry when Tituba comes in to the room "Out of here!" because he saw her waving her arms over the fire and mumbling strange noises which indicates that they really did conjure spirits. Later, he questions Abigail about what she and the rest of the girls were doing and why Betty couldn't wake up after that night, "why can she not move herself since midnight?" ...read more.

Middle

Abigail is getting a bit nervous when Betty is shouting things out very loud because she is scared that other people might hear it, so she slaps Betty in the face and tells her to shut up. "Shut it!! Now shut it!!" Abigail then threatens the girls and says," I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you!!" she does this because she doesn't want them to spread rumours about witchcraft and what they were doing in the forest. She is scared that someone would accuse her for witchcraft, which means that she would have to be hanged if anyone did accuse her. In this scene, Arthur Miller shows the Audience how selfish, bossy, threatening and aggressive Abigail is. The first point I am going to write about in Act3 is when Judge Hathorne asks questions about Martha Corey. Arthur Miller has made this very dramatic because Hathorne ask questions as through Martha Corey is a witch "Why do you hurt these children?" He does this because he wants to try and trick her out and make her confess that she is a witch, " Do you deny it?" Later in the scene Giles comes into the court claiming that he has "evidence for the court" Danforth then gets mad "you will keep your seat!" ...read more.

Conclusion

This scene is very dramatic indeed and Arthur Miller has put a lot of tension between various characters ie, the girls and Mary Warren, Parris and John Proctor etc... The final point in this act is when John Proctor is being accused. Danforth has heard a lot of information from Mary Warren about John Proctor, he believes what Mary Warren says is true so he questions John Proctor, "will you confess yourself befouled with hell or do you keep t hat black allegiance yet?" John Proctor is quite shocked over all this and he starts to get furious because hardly anyone would believe what he says was true and that Danforth is trusting the wrong people, this shows how weak Danforth is and he is just trusting anyone (refer back to first point), " You are pulling heaven down and raising up a whore!" I think Arthur Miller has created the most drama in this act because John Proctor is being accused for something he has not done and he is not answering Danforth's questions seriously and truthfully, " a fire, a fire is burning, I hear Lucifer, we will burn together." John Proctor is just taking all the blame and Arthur Miller has put a bit of heroism in here. Overall, I think Arthur Miller has made the play very dramatic by using the skills mentioned in the introduction earlier because he makes the skills like dramatic irony fit in perfectly in the play and at the right time. ...read more.

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