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THE EXTRACT FROM "CHILDREN, A VERY AUGUR BIT WILL NOW BE TURNED INTO YOUR SOULS...." TO "SHE SPOKE NOTHING OF LECHERY AND THIS MAN HAS LIED." At the beginning of this extract Miller has the court set out and ready to spring a dramatic effect

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Introduction

ACT THREE pp92-100 CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF THE EXTRACT FROM "CHILDREN, A VERY AUGUR BIT WILL NOW BE TURNED INTO YOUR SOULS...." TO "SHE SPOKE NOTHING OF LECHERY AND THIS MAN HAS LIED." At the beginning of this extract Miller has the court set out and ready to spring a dramatic effect as he has the basis for it already set up with the accusations of Mary Warren that Abigail and the girls are feigning spirits in order to carry out slander campaigns led by jealousy and envy towards the accused. Danforth begins the extract in the most powerful position in the courtroom; he is in control and he is asking the questions with little interruption from others residing in the court. Miller cleverly rotates this position of power full circle around the room during this extract as the power shifts onto Abigail when she diverts the courts attention from herself onto Mary Warren by claiming that she is sending her spirit onto her and the girls then over to Proctor when he accuses Abigail of leading a "whore's vengeance" after admitting to the crime of lechery. ...read more.

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she is terrified and bewildered at the whole ordeal which has put her under enormous pressure to say the correct things in order to save herself and Proctor, we can link this to the McCarthyism of the 1950's, the basis of which Arthur Miller wrote the play, The Crucible and how vulnerable those people who were accused of communism were and that McCarthy and other members of HUAC could play on this vulnerability in order for them to name others who they expected to be communists. What Miller does do to excellent effect is keep the pace of the plot speeding along and twisting in different directions all the time, at one time the focal point is on Danforth and his control of the court, then at another it is Abigail and the girls feigning that Mary Warren's spirit has possessed them. Throughout this extract he keeps the dramatic effect by having many different plot lines run into each other at this point; Proctor's attempt to save Elizabeth, Mary Warren's declaration that the girls are putting on a show and Abigail Williams' and the girls dramatic role-play claiming Mary Warren is sending her spirit out on them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Judges Danforth and Hathorne are both unwilling to accept that Proctor is innocent and do not want to admit to being deceived by a bunch of girls claiming witchcraft and are therefore forced to charge John Proctor to keep their own reputations, making the interrogation partial towards the young girls and unfair on Proctor. The other central theme of the play is the role that hysteria can play in societies. The lies by Abigail all the way through the play and particularly in this extract easily manipulate the judges and the residents of Salem to turn against the accused which ultimately leads to their executions. Miller has linked this hysterical theme to the McCarthyism period in which he lived in the 1950's, the hysteria led by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his hunt for communists and communist sympathisers in post WWII America and during the Cold War. Miller seems to have based his character Judge Danforth on the individual Senator Joseph McCarthy: both are over-seeing the hysteria of the communities and are leading the search for the accused and presiding over their trials. ...read more.

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