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

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?'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. How does Arthur Miller create tension in act 3 of The Crucible?

    Again this would create tension in the audience because they would be keen to see what will now happen to Abigail, and it can again be linked to the theme of "The individual and society." However, the court do eventually see the other side to Abigail- that she is not all sweet and innocent like she makes out to be.

  2. Whose life is it Anyway Extra Scene

    In the injection scene where Dr.Emerson injects valium into Ken, he refuses but Dr.Emerson just injects him anyway. The effect that this had on the audience is that it shows how helpless Ken is that he can't stop people from injecting him with whatever they want.

  1. How does Eliza change in the course of the play, and by what means?Is ...

    In Eliza's view no one walks for pleasure especially if they can afford to ride. Eliza's appearance at the ball is a huge success. The guests 'stop talking to look at her admiring her dress, her jewels and strangely attractive self'.

  2. gothic horror

    and then the third warning: 'if you must wish ....wish for something sensible.' The warnings create suspense in the reader as they want to know more about the 'Paw'. The reader is also anxious for the Whites to make the wishes to see what will happen.

  1. Describe, Examine and analyse how Willy Russell uses Dramatic devices to highlight themes and ...

    Through this flashback, we begin to understand the pattern of Shirley's life. In play, movies and alike we want the 'Goodies' to win this is a strong pattern in human nature which in the play is there to, we want Shirley to have a better chance for herself, a fair chance.

  2. Pre-1914 Drama

    Even though it is the oldest of the three stories it appears to be the most recent. This is because Charles Dickens the author of the story uses a very modern setting. Trains were a new invention at this time, the references to steam trains and the small signalman's box gives a sense of historical context to readers now.

  1. Coursework on 'EQUUS' by Peter ShafferScene 33 Choose a section of the play ...

    Also Alan's life is like one big fight in trying to have two passions and either way he is betraying the one passion. Set just off stage are several benches which is where Dysart sits throughout scene thirty three, as if to be listening to what Alan is saying, but

  2. Sister Aloysiuss attitude in Doubt

    Due to the incident about her husband dead in the war against Adolf Hitler, so she can not trust or rely on anyone anymore, for she has built a wall of doubt because of insecurity. Even though throughout the entire play, for every single doubt she has for everyone she

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