• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Crucible: Arthur Miller builds up tension for the audience by a skilful use of dialogue, dramatic speeches, entrances and actions - By discussing at least one example of each from Act Two say how he does this.

Extracts from this document...


The Crucible: Arthur Miller builds up tension for the audience by a skilful use of dialogue, dramatic speeches, entrances and actions. By discussing at least one example of each from Act Two say how he does this. Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' is set in Salem, Massachusetts where they didn't understand either medicine or science. They thought when someone became ill it was because either God was punishing them or witchcraft was at work. The Crucible is based on a group of teenage girls who are discovered dancing naked in the woods, playing with witchcraft. When the girls realised how severe their punishment would be, they claimed other members of the community possessed them. There was no defence against witchcraft. If people denied it they were hung, as they believed they were possessed by the devil. If people admitted it they were put in jail. Anyone who was accused had his or her life ruined. The group of girls lead by Abigail Williams began accusing perfectly innocent members of the community of witchcraft. Usually the people accused were outcasts such as beggars or old women who lived alone, but respectable women were finding they too were being accused. ...read more.


The tension is show by the respondents using exclamations. "Rebecca's in the jail!" This comes as a shock because like Elizabeth, Martha and Rebecca are highly regarded women. Now they have been arrested there is a grater chance that Elizabeth too will be arrested. Miller raises suspense in Act 2 with the searching of the poppet. The searching of the poppet would raise tension for the audience, as they do not know what the poppet signifies. Throughout the searching the question 'What signifies a poppet' is asked many times. As the audience do not know what the poppet signifies it keeps them wondering what the commotion is about. When the poppet is found there is a needle stuck in its stomach. This would immediately raise tension, as this would have been a sign of witchcraft. Elizabeth would have been accused as using it as a voodoo doll. At this moment the audience would not know what either the poppet or the needle signifies. As the needle was found placed in the stomach of the poppet this was where Abigail Williams was stabbed as she sat to dinner in Reverend Parris's house. ...read more.


All their pretending is torn apart "We are only what we always were, but naked now." This means they are still the same people but now all their secrets have been revealed. "Aye, naked! And the wind, God's icy wind, will blow! All the truth has been publicized and there is nothing they can do but put up with the consequences for their actions. They are now vulnerable. John's wife has been arrested and he is determined he is going to put everything right again. Here John's actions and language show his anger extremely distinctly. His use of imagery makes it very clear for the audience to imaging what is happening. I though this act was extremely successful. The use of vague understanding with the searching of the poppet keeps the audience in suspense, as they do not know what is so important. The efficiency if the language used throughout the scene is of high quality. I think the best part of the scene is the actions that take place off stage. I feel this is one of the most effective parts of the scene because it allows the imaginations of the audience to run wild. Stephanie Budby English Literature Mrs Armatage 11CRE ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. How Does Miller Build Up The Dramatic Tension In Act 2?

    Proctor, after hearing Elizabeth becomes extremely desperate and rips up the warrant. Elizabeth is watching this and she must be feeling caught up by the fuss so relieves Proctor by saying "I'll go John." This is the catalyst for Proctor; he becomes so desperate he'll try anything and resorts to telling Herrick he'll pay him.

  2. How Does Arthur Miller use Theatrical Techniques and Dramatic Devises to Create and Sustain ...

    The scene ends with Innocent Elizabeth Proctor being dragged off by the officials of the village. The climax of the scene is Mary Warren hysterically weeping because Proctor demanded that she tell the court how the doll came to be in his house with the needle stuck in it: 'Proctor

  1. 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller - Discuss the appeal of 'The Crucible' to its ...

    The audience may feel a wave of sympathy towards Abigail as she is being threatened by an elder, stronger man. When the subject of witchcraft surrounds the village, the dangers of prejudice and discrimination appear. As numerous people are accused of enchantment, the news spreads through the village and people become conscious of each other.

  2. By What means does Miller create a sense of Expectations within his audience in ...

    Secondly another quotation to show stage direction which would show the characters emotion is ''Resenting his instruction''. This shows us that Eddie doesn't like Rodolfo and will never be his friend. It also shows us that Eddie has an attitude and doesn't like anyone who corrects him or tells him the real facts.

  1. 'How does Arthur Miller use actions alongside dialogue to create atmosphere?'

    However, Beatrice ?senses only the comradeship?? She seems unaware of this growing intensity, or another view could be that she is deliberately encouraging the match to develop into a finale, to determine who displays the most masculinity. Eddie hits Rodolfo, who staggers.

  2. The Crucible - What do you think this play has to say to the ...

    Proctor tells Hale what Abigail admitted about Parris discovering her in the woods, but Hale says that it must be nonsense, for so many have confessed to witchcraft. Proctor reminds him that these people would certainly confess, if denying it means that they be hanged.

  1. Analyse and discuss the way in which Arthur Miller presents the relationship between John ...

    this showing that they have a future and proctor is proving that they will be sharing the next summer together. Elizabeth replies bye saying 'aye' dismissing such an idea of them being together, as the idea of him having an affair still lingers in the back of her mind.

  2. Show how Miller builds up Fears and Tension through his use of dramatic devices.

    It would be hard to understand that Proctor could have had an affair with so young a girl. The number of girls involved in 'crying out' has been reduced and the numbers of judges were lowered and were all symbolised in Hathorne and Danforth.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work