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The crucible has a very interesting structure, as in it doesn't follow many of the usual rules of play writing and uses it to maximum effect. The play consists of four acts and no scenes to separate them

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Form and Structure The crucible has a very interesting structure, as in it doesn't follow many of the usual rules of play writing and uses it to maximum effect. The play consists of four acts and no scenes to separate them. This is unusual for a play write to do because it limits the acts location two one place, meaning that the story can not develop in a different place or time which can limit what someone can do with the plot The whole of the play is a subtext for what was going on at the time in 1940's America. To more precise what was happening with the red scare and general Joseph McCarthy. General McCarthy was behind the fight against communism within America. In the end he decided to start broadcasting to America a list of communists living in America at the time. Of course no such list existed and it was obviously just the names of random people living America that had nothing to do with communism in any way what so ever. ...read more.


During 'The Crucible' pace is used as a technique to creating tension. Throughout Act 1, the action is immediate and there is a constant flow of different people being introduced. By placing this within a small room, Miller gives the feeling of the characters being suffocated and a lack of privacy in the village. By using this with Act 2 (for the first half there is only Elizabeth and John), Miller is able to create tension through the amount of space in the set, in comparison to the previous act, and through a slower dialogue. Miller structures the play using prevalent techniques. There is a clear exposition at the beginning of Act 1, although it occurred off scene, the girls dance in the forest. The different themes are developed and the use of the rising of action through the accusations helps the plot to grow up to a gigantic climax when John Proctor is accused at the end of Act 3. The falling action and denouement is the actual execution where John Proctor upholds his innocence and goes to the gallows at the end of Act 4. ...read more.


more of a connection meaning it involves the audience emotionally which may help get the underlying messages across much easier By acting in the play 'The Crucible' and working for long periods of time on certain acts, I found that by having each act as a story itself it helped create anxiety and was easier for the audience to understand the cause of the hysteria. However, in creating a story within an act, tension is often lost between each act as the play grows. Miller tries to stop this occurring by introducing subplots, such as the rivalry between Thomas Putnam and Giles Corey, which are built upon in each act, to ensure that a web is weaved to the final climax. Miller uses a variety of techniques to ensure that tension is not lost and is kept at a peak throughout the play. By using a basic form and structure, The Crucible is easy to follow and uses the dialogue and pace to aid the building of tension to the ultimate climax's at the end of each Act and the end of the play. ...read more.

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