• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What do you learn about the characters involved in this interchange? How does Miller make the scene dramatic?

Extracts from this document...


Francesca Sear-Mayes 08/18/2001 The Crucible What do you learn about the characters involved in this interchange? How does Miller make the scene dramatic? At the beginning of this extract John, Mary, Abigail and Mercy are in the room. Betty is lying on the bed supposedly unconscious. John enters and interrupts a conversation between the girls about what happened in the woods, at the beginning of this extract the atmosphere changes. This extract reveals a lot about two of the main characters in the play, Abigail and John Proctor; this is revealed through their language and the stage directions given by Miller. When John enters the room Abigail's first reaction is to stand on tiptoes, this shows that she is trying to bring herself up to John's level and be noticed by him. Abigail absorbs John's presence we are told this through Miller's stage directions, "[absorbing his presence, wide-eyed]" this suggests that Abigail loves John as she savours every moment in his presence. The first thing that Abigail says to John shows her admiration for him, "I'd almost forgotten how strong you are." When John asks what has happened to Betty Abigail does not tell him the truth, "she's only gone silly" this shows that Abigail does not even trust the person she loves; suggests that she may not truly love John. ...read more.


I think that Abigail's weakness comes from being emotionally involved; she regains herself with angry remarks. John calls Abby a child she gets angry and shows that she will not stand for people patronizing her. The argument between Abby and John then moves on and becomes bitter. Abigail is manipulative she knows how to hurt John and does, by mentioning his wife, "she is a cold snivelling woman." At the end of the extract Abby shows that she believes John did love her, "you loved me," and that he still does, "you love me yet." This may not be true but this is what Abby wants to believe, this shows a lot about Abby's character and her role in the play, as the accuser, further on in the play it is not only Abby who believe her wild accusations. This is the first extract in which John features in we are told when he enters that he has a strong physical appearance; this is probably what attracted Abby to him in the first place. When John enters the room he immediately shows his superiority over the girls by sending Mary home and threatening her, "I'll show you a great doin' on your arse." ...read more.


John then tries another way of rejecting Abby by denying all that happened between them, "We never touched." This shows a certain degree of cowardice, he should just tell Abby once and for all it is over. John is a good honourable man, he get angry when Abby speaks badly of Elizabeth, "[angered - at himself as well]" John is angry at himself because he knows he has sinned and done wrong to Elizabeth. John even goes so far as to get violent with Abby, "[shaking her]" this shows how he regrets ever getting involved with Abby. Mercy and Mary are very minor characters in this extract and we do not really learn anything about their characters they will be featured further on in the play and I think we will learn more later on. A lot of the character points that are revealed of the two main characters are shown through Millers stage directions these directions also make the scene dramatic. There are many directions which give the reader a good idea of the scene and what is going on, this involves the reader more in the play. In the dialogue between Abby and John they often interrupt each other this adds tension to the scene. The pace is fast moving as John and Abby change tone of voice at stages in the extract which adds excitement to the scene. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Aldous Huxley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Aldous Huxley essays

  1. The Crucible - The Marriage of John and Elizabeth Proctor

    Therefore, none of the people who hung would have hung, and no member of the court would have been engrossed in this 'witch hunt'. The basis of the story is dependent on Elizabeth and John (as well as Abigail). Furthermore, I think such a relationship demonstrates and represents - on a smaller scale - just how the town was acting.

  2. Look at Abigail Williams relationship with John Proctor.

    an honest woman, John replies 'In her life, sir, she have never lied' John has faith in his wife, because she is a good woman. Before Elizabeth comes into the court room John and Abigail are told to look at him, and not to turn around to Elizabeth 'now let

  1. The Elephant Man - film review.

    one bit that he is very ill, and out of anger he locks John in an cage next to some monkeys and leaves him there. Here we see John in probably the worst moment of his life, just a few days ago he was the happiest, but now he is very ill, and back being horribly mistreated.

  2. Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible", discussing the two women, Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor, ...

    John says he has hardly stepped off his farm since the affair which is a lie, Abigail clearly knows this and again gives off mixed signs, saying John is still attracted to her and cannot stay away from Abigail. John is still tempted by this temptress.

  1. Throughout The Crucible the visual effects of the play indicate a lot about the ...

    this shows that John respects the Rvd's position and doesn't like others to abuse it, however, John then goes on to say, after being accused by Parris of not going to church, 'There be many others who stay away from the Church these days because you hardly ever mention God anymore.'

  2. Discuss in detail, how you would play either Audrey or John in the selected ...

    When the conversation is going on about Peter getting stabbed, Audrey automatically looks sad and hurt, because she cannot bare the thought of one of her loved ones getting stabbed by the Itie. I would grab hold of Angela and John.

  1. Assess the theological influences on the development of John Wesley's thought.

    The influence of the Moravian Christians could be said to be crucial in the development of John Wesley's ideas. Although his mission to Georgia was seen as a failure both by himself and others, 28 it gave him the opportunity to meet and observe these Christians from the continent with

  2. "How do the directors of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and the Elephant Man convey ...

    From history we know that the general cultural pyramid placed children at the bottom but here we can see a man being ordered around by a ten year old child. During Dr Treaves' journey to see the Elephant Man there are shots of animals; rabbits, horses, dogs...

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work