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The Crucible Arthur Miller

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Introduction

The Crucible Arthur Miller uses many dramatic devices in "The Crucible" in order to grasp the attention of the audience. His characters appear to be multifaceted and he reveals numerous sides of their personalities during the play. Miller creates complex relationships within the play and this secures the attention of the audience. We are not introduced to John Proctor until half way through act one; he is presented to the audience as a "farmer in his middle thirties". We are given the impression that he is a very dominant man "he was a man-powerful of body", in addition to his power he had earned considerable respect in Salem "Proctor, respected and even feared". At this stage in the play it becomes apparent that John Proctor is an honourable, righteous man with great respect for his power within the community. But is he? In Proctor's introduction Miller describes him ambiguously leaving a lot to be uncovered. Proctor does not see himself as a respectable man, he sees himself as a "kind of fraud", at this point the tension begins to mount and we are left wondering why. The character that was introduced as a good, moral man has a hidden flaw. ...read more.

Middle

John realises the power and domination he uses in conversation are successful in overpowering his wife and convincing her she is wrong. He puts on a hard front to subconsciously make his wife fear him so she won't disagree or have the nerve to talk back to him. John mentions his previous conversation with Abigail earlier in the day, Elizabeth quite rightly feels threatened by this and questions her husband. John does nothing to help the situation and states, "...If it were not Abigail that you must hurt now, would you falter now, I think not". This is said because John refuses to go into Salem, he says "I'll not have your suspicions...". Elizabeth tells John that he will not earn her forgiveness easily, "Then let you earn it". This conversation really shows the true colours within each character. John is desperately striving for forgiveness to take away the guilt he is carrying but Elizabeth is a very religious woman and although she feels it is her duty to hold the marriage together she believe that he must seek forgiveness from God first, "the magistrate sits in your heart that judges you". ...read more.

Conclusion

After a lot of thought he signed. A great deal of tension was present when Danforth took away the signed confession, as there was no going back now, his fate was decided. The audience can now see that he is so passionate that he would even face death in order to keep his good name. In her last line; Elizabeth has now developed as a character and can proudly give John the forgiveness he dreamed of, "He have his goodness now". As the play draws to an end the audience feel a sense of sadness towards John for the false accusation made against him but at the same time he died with everything out in the open he no longer had to live a lie. The audience would have felt pity towards Elizabeth and slight resentment as she was the only person with the power to save him but at the same time she set his spirit free and let him keep his name, which was what he wanted. The small town of Salem will always remember John for who he was and not what he did because he confessed to save his wife and ended up losing his life but he died knowing he did the right thing. ...read more.

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