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Which of Act 3 & Act 4 is more Dramatic And Why? The Crucible was written in 1950's America by Arthur Miller.

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Which of Act 3 & Act 4 is more Dramatic And Why? The Crucible was written in 1950's America by Arthur Miller. Although the book has been written about witchcraft it has been thought that it was written about the McCarthyism of 1950's America. Miller could not write directly about McCarthyism (fanatical fear of communism), as the book would not have been published. In the text people were accused interrogated arrested and tried as were communists and suspected communists in 1950's America. In the crucible miller used the text to protest against the McCarthyism in America. The fanaticism in Salem was similar to the fanaticism in America at the time the text was written. The trumped-up witch hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts, deteriorated the rational, and emotional stability of its citizens. ...read more.

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"The room is empty but for sunlight pouring through two high windows." Giles condemned his wife to death. This is a very poignant moment through the whole play. Arthur Miller has the audience thinking that Giles is going to save his wife but by attempting to do so sentences her to death. This causes great shock to the audience who can tell Giles is devastated by what he has just done, "through helpless sobs". AS the scene develops we discover that proctors wife is pregnant "your wife.... which she states that she is pregnant now". Proctor is told she'll be saved "...keep her living yet another year until she is delivered". Miller has created this situation to give the audience a glimpse of faith in the dullness of the court room scene. ...read more.

Conclusion

This come s a great shock to the audience as all the glimpses of hope they get shown are taken from them and destroyed. Miller has placed a very strong ray of hope in to the scene with Mary Warren's testimony. This creates a sense of relief for the audience thinking maybe finally that the girls have been beaten. Miller adds another very clever twist in toying with the audiences' feelings yet again, Abigail turning the situation back to Mary Warren. This situation makes the audience pray and hope that Mary can stop Abigail, but she is too weak and in desperation Mary blames John, "He wake me every night". This causes the audience to feel helplessly sorry for John. The scene ends with great despair "his mind wild breathless", "laughs insanely". It seems that John almost turns evil. This scene causes a rollercoaster of emotion teasing on the audiences emotions this is why I believe that act 3 is more dramatic. Samantha Collett 11NK 1 1 ...read more.

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