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The Crucible: 'Choose what you think is the most dramatic scene in the play. How is the drama reated? And how does it fit into the play as a whole?'

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'Choose what you think is the most dramatic scene in the play. How is the drama reated? And how does it fit into the play as a whole? The scene I have chosen as the most dramatic in the play starts slightly before Elizabeth Proctor enters the court. Before this, John Proctor has forcefully convinced Mary, his servant, to tell Danforth and Hathorne that the girls are all faking being taken by others souls sent out by the devil, and in court they are lying when the feel cold winds or see things. Proctor has also confessed that he had an affair with Abigail Williams and in response to this Danforth brought Elizabeth into the court. In the build-up to this scene, the audience is told Elizabeth would never lie so as Danforth questions her, there is a huge rush of fear for her and her husband's lives. This scene is the pivotal point of the play, at this point everything depends on Elizabeth telling the truth and when she doesn't chaos ensues. ...read more.

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danforth wants to stick to the rules and will interrupt anybody who doesn't do just that. Miller also uses repetition to build the tention and drama of the scene ' I'm here, I'm here!' whilst still giving a sense of increased hysteria. Miller uses the repetition and detailed stage directions to create character empathy which helps draw the audience into the play. The drama in this scene is exaggerrated by tone of voice for instance when Elizabeth speaks faintly and stutters ' She - dissatisfied me. (pause) And my husband.' it promopts the audience to feel the same fear she is experiencing. In contrast when Abigail speaks confidentally and influences many 'What look do you give me?' the audience begin to suspect that she is being over confident in order to hide something and so they begin to doubt her which is evidentally what is also happening on stage. Miller uses biblical language to provide the character with passion and credibility for their actions '...remember the angel Raphael - do that which is good and...' ...read more.

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The audience feels empathy with Mary but also feel desperate for her to expose the girls that are lying. By the end of this scene the audience are sat in horrified anticipation of the next course of action, tempted not to watch but forced to anyway. This scene is a major scene of the whole play, it shows how fear can cause many people to do rach things without thinking before carrying them out. This scene alters the whole play, it is the pivotal point where it changes from a harmless joke on Abigail's part to a dangerous game, risking many lives. At the start abigail had turned the village against the more respected women of the community, then when she realises that shes turned John Proctor against her, which was one of the last things she wanted, she makes the rash decision and turns the whole village against him. Miller wrote this scene to portray what he thought about the witchhunts and the McCarthyism era in America at the time. Word count : 1,064 ...read more.

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