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The Crucible - review of Act 3 pages 83-96.

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The Crucible Essay The scene that I have chosen is Act 3 pages 83-96. This is the courtroom scene and one of the most dramatic parts of the play as several key moments occur. Firstly, Abigail has been called into the courtroom to be questioned about the 'poppet'. Abigail claims that Elizabeth Proctors sprit stuck the needle in the doll that made Abigail bleed. Abigail is lying; she knows Mary Warren left the needle in the doll while she was making it. She is lying because she wants Elizabeth accused as a witch so Abigail can have John Proctor all to herself. This is a key moment in the play because if Judge Danforth believes Abigail then Elizabeth Proctor will hang. It then comes becomes clear that the children were dancing in the woods, something Danforth did not know, and that the children were pretending to faint. Abigail denies this as well even though it was true. But when Mary Warren tries to faint to prove this, she can't do it. This is another key moment as Mary Warren cannot prove it, the judges are more inclined to believe Abigail now. Another reason why Danforth would want to believe Abigail is that several people have already been put in jail and hung for this and if it is revealed that it was all a hoax then Danforth could be in trouble for not spotting this straight away. ...read more.

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He speaks well and is respected throughout the village. He is quite confident and knows what he is doing. Despite being truthful everything goes against Proctor he is not as influencing as Abigail. He has also committed adultery with Abigail, and this comes out during the courtroom scene. Knowing that the courts are believing Abigail, Proctor claims that she is a whore. This changes the atmosphere completely as at first everyone is dumbfounded by this information then as it sinks in everyone starts talking at once. Proctor knows that he can hang for adultery and is nearly weeping. He tells his story speaking quickly but is being overcome by weeping and anger, so pauses irregularly. By his emotions the audience can truly see that Proctor is deeply sorry for what he has done. This idea of committing adultery was a deep sin in those days. If the man was married then he could be hung, and the woman could be hung with him or be an outcast fro the rest of her life. Since the community also believed in god thoroughly not committing adultery was of the 10 commandments which made it a even more serious crime. This point of is being one of the ten commandments would have a impact on the audience as they would realize from earlier in the play that one of the commandments Proctor could not name was the adultery one, showing he still feels much guilt for his crime. ...read more.

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The play is a direct parallel of this. The search for communists is like the witch hunting, with people being called in for questioning about how people have been behaving. When watching the play the audience will be able to make the links between that and the play. I think this can be most clearly seen in the courtroom in Act 3. As judge Danforth is questioning Abigail, Proctor and Mary. People like Mary are forced into lying about people and accusing them because of the intense pressure they are under. This is made even more dramatic to the audience by the fact that this is a direct parallel of what has happened in the 1940s and knowing there is truth to it. Finally, although the audience would not realize it while watching the play the grammar in the play is another reason why act 3 has a big impact. As at some parts everyone is talking at once, the use of hyphens shows how people are interrupting one another. With everyone speaking, interrupting each other and talking quickly the atmosphere is built up dramatically. In the book all this is broken down by hyphens and the 3 dot convention. All these ideas, themes, actions and language all effect and impact the audience to create a dramatic Act 3, the most dramatic in the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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