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Gary High The Crucible In act four Proctor has to make the decision whether he should or should not confess. Arthur Miller uses dramatic techniques such as the use of descriptive stage directions. These tell you of the feelings emotions and actions of the characters such as in the opening of the act were Miller sets the scene by saying "The place is in darkness but for the moonlight seeping through the bars". Arthur miller also describes sounds such as the sound of footsteps the shouting and the drums used to add drama and tension to the act. Hale has considerably changed from when we first saw him, as now he is no longer self-assured or confident like when he was first introduced. The audience sees a change in which Hale is presented as a different character to the beginning of the play, Hale is now described as being guilty and he is noticed to be different by the other characters "They look at him for an instant in silence. He is steeped in sorrow, exhausted, and more direct then he ever was" as opposed to his first description of a "Tight skinned intellectual". Hale decides to try to convince Elizabeth to help them as they think that she is the only one who can convince proctor to confess, and as Proctor is a respected man within the village they hope that the other accused will also confess. ...read more.


Proctors decision to confess is dramatic as it builds up wen he rises slowly until he cant hold in what he wants to say anymore and shouts out in great pain "Enough, enough-." Proctors decision to confess leads the audience to believe that because he has decided to confess then maybe this will influence Elizabeth and Rebecca nurse to confess. It also makes the audience think that Proctor will live. The speed of Danforth and the others adds tension as it shows the audience the urgency of getting Proctor to sign as it will soon be to late as its not only Proctor they want to confess. Danforth also wants Rebecca as they feel that hanging these people will cause the villagers to rebel as Proctor and Rebecca, are respected people. Danforth is and the others are so rushed as time is running out and dawn is nearing this means that it will soon be to late for them to save Rebecca and also Proctor may change his mind to confess. The signing is made dramatic, as Proctor knows that he is lying and he thinks that all he has to do is tell them his sins and damn himself from lying. When Proctor finds out that it must be written he is horrified he is even more upset when he finds out that it will be posted on the church doors for the village to see. ...read more.


The drums symbolise the play closing in on the end, they could also be the heart beats as they get faster and faster the closer it comes to the hanging and when they stop this could mean that there life's have ended and it is over. The pauses in this part of the act add more drama then previously in the act and play as they are intended to get people to think on what's has happened throughout the play and amplify the emotions as innocent people are about to die. The speed of the concluding moments could signify how quickly life can be ended as it is not that long ago when the history started yet now Proctor and Rebecca are to be hung. At the end Proctor decides to die with dignity and not to live in shame knowing that people will not respect him as they once did. Proctor also makes his own decision to die and is more comfortable and set in this decision as opposed to when he initially decided to confess. Miller succeeds in making the moment when Proctor tares up the confession particularly dramatic as he started of bye introducing a particularly innocent game, which has repercussions on an entire community. This results in the tension being built throughout the play but with the focus kept mainly on Procter and his admission and his subsequent retraction of guilt. These events happened in a relatively short space of time with devastating consequences which shows how short life can be and how quickly it can end. ...read more.

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