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What clues does Arthur Miller give to the audience to suggest what will happen in the rest of the play?

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What clues does Arthur Miller give to the audience to suggest what will happen in the rest of the play? Miller's comments in the overture set up The Crucible quite well. Certain descriptions and words give implicit meanings that do not come through until the end. There are also implicit meanings that do not require the reading of the play such as, "A small window in the room." This gives a meaning of the things being small and the people being narrow-minded. Negative words in Miller's opening comments such as 'small', 'exposed' and 'raw' describe the room as if it is very negative, more like a Puritan society. A Puritan society is when the Christian Church rules over the community and they live in strict morals and laws. The people are narrow-minded and live in a tyrannical state of authority. This suggests that the story may go on negatively as he describes it. Miller gives actions to Reverend Parris such as "pressed turns on her" and "pointing at Betty" are all angry, malicious and tense actions from a supposed religious man. These are not actions of a calm, wise man if the faith but one of a bag of nerves that may possibly be hiding something that may come apparent later as the storyline progresses. The audience's reaction to the first act of The Crucible would be one of shock, intrigue and a sense of it being enjoyable. ...read more.


The actions of Abby in the start of Act 1 as a timid servant to her uncle, Parris, but throughout the act she gains confidence and starts to accuse Tituba, the Negro slave, of raising the Devil but there is no proof of this. At the end of Act 1, however, we can see her "endless capacity for disassembling" when she "wants to open herself to God" and Betty mysteriously becomes awakened and accuses random people it seems, in the village. Abby joins Betty in this and accuses Goody Sibler of being with the Devil. The stage direction states, (It is rising with a great glee) and this direction shows Miller's quickening of the accusations and the increased number of accusations. At the start of The Crucible Parris gives a sense of dramatic actions and one that could have lead to all the hysteria. Parris' stage directions are, "(scrambling to his feet in a fury.)" Miller shows him distraught and such an action to happen so quickly the audience would remember that clearly in the later scenes. The themes of causing hysteria are when Parris presses against Abby convicting her of conjuring spirits. "(Pressed, turns on her)", Parris is anxious to know what has happened to Betty and goes over the top with Abby, evading her personal space and with the play being performed would mean that it would look very effective. ...read more.


Also at the end of Act 1 the children are causing hysteria by naming random people in the village, they cause hysteria when Mary Warren tries to prove they are unauthentic. The actions in the first act are structured by Miller so that the actions reappear in the later stages, while the people don't learn from their mistakes. The language that Miller uses is Arcane, the old English that was used in the colony of America. He uses this old language to great effect to reflect the time and the religious metaphors and symbolism that is contained in Arcane. One such phrase is, "Mark this!" This is a great phrase for people to hear you and recognise you in a conversation. He uses implicit meanings in the language to try and give clues for later on in the play. He uses this in his opening description of Abby. "..an endless capacity for disassembling." The explicit meaning of this is that she can take things apart for a long time but there is a sub-meaning to this. She can break more things that are not physical with her "strikingly beautiful" looks she could break people, their hearts and their life's. I feel that The Crucible has a lot of cumulative factors that give is clues to the storyline, the action in the future and how the characters will develop. ...read more.

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