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"The Crucible" was written by Arthur Miller in the early 1950's and was first published in England in 1956. "The Crucible" is essentially an allegory. An allegory telling a story on the surface through an American play while conveying another sub plot. He was comparing the witch-hunt trials in Salem of 1692 to the hunting of communists in the 1950's. Arthur Miller uses the typical convections of a four act play. Miller uses this structure to create tension from the various plots of each act. In act one the exposition is introduced to set the scene and the inciting moment is usually put forward. The second act includes the rise of the action to form the build up of tension after the previous act has provided the atmosphere of the play. In act three the climax would have reached at the peak of tension, which is normally the "crisis point". Act four ends the play with a resolution to sum up. I think that Miller adapts "The Crucible" to this structure successfully. Act one sets the scene well through stage directions and the witchcraft is witnessed instantly which gives the audience an insight of the main theme of the play. ...read more.


Another sign of mistrust is when Proctor responds to Elizabeth's questioning his honesty. He says, "Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge met not". This is significant as he does not like his wife judging him but, in the near future of the play, Proctor will have to face his responsibilities as he is legally judged in the upcoming trials. The contrasting settings of Parris' home and the Proctors home, which portrays a calm and quiet room. This juxtaposition of hysteria and relaxing environments gives a heightening effect on the audience. As Miller has completely escalated the confusion and frenzy it immediately changes to a quiet scene. The effect on the audience is they really feel the silence as it juxtaposes with the previous act. This dramatic effect holds the audience's concentration making the questions a lot more powerful and effective. The dim lighting suggests that nothing is in the "spotlight". The "darkness" adds to the sense of tension as the audience get the feeling something is trying to stay concealed. The fact the room is "long" shows that the relationship is slightly uneasy. Making the two characters further apart has the effect on the audience, which makes them realize that there is not much trust between them. ...read more.


This progressed onto a signed confession. The effect that Miller is trying to produce is a sensation of false relief. John Proctor has developed throughout the play, as he has to overcome his conflicts. In the end Proctor is begged to confess. His refusal to give a false confession is a true religious and personal stand. Proctor can be considered a martyr by the audience he has had the chance to save his life yet he chooses justice. I personally agree that act three is the dramatic climax of "The Crucible". I believe this because I think Arthur Miller does follow the typical convection of a four-act play. He uses act four as a resolution of conflict because John Proctors sins have been washed away religiously by justice. Abigail, the source of the main conflict, has disappeared which could be interpreted as the problem has too. I also consider the title has major role to play regarding Proctor. A Crucible is a container, which heats up a metal to extract the pure metal and remove impurities. This is why I believe the execution in act four is not the climax of the play. Proctor being executed could reflect that he has been in a crucible and put through a tremendous amount of pressure and his sins have been removed and his pure self has been extracted. ...read more.

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