How does Miller create dramatic tension in each of

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How does Miller create dramatic tension in each of the four acts of The Crucible?


In the 17th century a group of Puritans from England immigrated to America to escape
persecution for their religious beliefs. The white settlers arrived in New England in
1620, and Salem, Massachusetts had been in existence for about forty years by 1692. Salem
developed as a theocracy. This was based on the coexistence of religious prayer and hard
work. Entertainment, such as dancing, or any enjoyment at all was perceived as a sin. The
isolation of the Puritan society created a rigid social system that did not allow for any
variation in lifestyle.


The Puritans felt insecure with the knowledge of the Native Americans in the forest. They
felt persecuted and constantly under attack. Abigail mentions her past when she says that
she witnessed, ‘Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine’.


Throughout the play it is apparent that the community becomes more divided. In the
beginning there were arguments about ownership of land between some of the villagers. As
the story progresses people fear for their own safety and begin accusing their neighbours
of witchcraft in order to escape being hanged.


HALE 'They have confessed it.'
PROCTOR 'And why not, if they must hang for denyin'it? There are
them that will swear to anything before they'll hang;

This is like when Abigail accuses Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft so that she will know
that there will be a clear path to John Proctor whom she had an affair with and now is in
love with.


Salem becomes overrun by the hysteria of witchcraft. Mere suspicion itself was accepted as
evidence. As a God-fearing community, they could not think of denying the evidence,
because to deny the existence of Evil is to deny the existence of Goodness; which is God.


A crucible is a container in which metals are heated to extract the pure element from
dross or impurities. This definition is easily connected to the play. To start with,
witches supposedly use cauldrons to brew their magic potions, and a synonym for cauldron
is crucible. Not only do witches use cauldrons, but the word crucible also could have some
metaphorical meaning. The actions in Salem were like that in a brewing cauldron, there
were many heated arguments, and people were being ‘stirred’ and ‘mixed’ around like a vile
potion.


The plays central theme is the spiritual development of John Proctor. He changed from
thinking solely about himself to thinking about who was in need most beside himself. He is
made better and ‘purified’.


The story illustrates how people react to mass hysteria, created by a person or group of
people desiring fame, as people did during the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. Many
Americans were wrongly accused of being communist sympathisers. The activities of the
House Un-American Activities Committee began to be linked with the witchcraft trials that
had taken place in the town of Salem. This provided Miller with the catalyst to write the
crucible.


Arthur Miller himself was called before the committee in 1956. He found himself I the same
dilemma as John Proctor, as a hero. He was asked to name people who had attended a meeting
in the past. He refused to do so and was fined for contempt of Congress. Miller claimed it
was the courageous thing to do in those circumstances.


Without the knowledge of the McCarthy hearings The Crucible could be seen as a melodrama
and the events in the play may be sensationalised. It is not a melodrama because it is not
overdramatic. The McCarthy hearings add realism. The play deals with historical events and
with characters that had an historical context.


Through the use of dialogue, stage directions which enable us to envisage what is going on
the stage, and characterisation we can see how the dramatic tension is created by Miller.
These aspects are to be explored for each act.


Act one begins with Reverend Parris praying over his daughter, Betty Parris, who lies
unconscious on her bed. Parris is frightened and angered that the doctor can find no
explanation for Betty’s illness in his books. He turns on Abigail and confronts her and
through the conversation between Reverend Parris and his niece Abigail Williams, the
audience learns that these girls, including Abigail and Betty, were engaged in activities
in the forest lead by Tituba; Parris’ slave from Barbados. The audience is involved in the
story immediately because they are oblivious to what is going on and they want to find
out. At this moment they are only provided with conflicting accounts of the truth.


Parris caught them and jumped from a bush startling the girls. Betty fainted and had not
recovered. During this session, Abigail drank chicken blood to kill Elizabeth Proctor.


BETTY 'You drank blood, Abby! You didn't tell him that!
ABIGAIL 'Betty, you never say that again! You will never-'
BETTY 'You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor's
wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!

Abigail doesn't want anyone to find out that she was in the forest as she and the other
girls would be severely punished if they were exposed. To overcome this she harshly
threatens Betty Paris and Mary Warren not to say anything.


“Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I
will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning
that will shudder you... And you know I can do it... I can make you wish you had never
seen the sun go down.”


We can tell that this is a frantic time on the stage because of the short sentences and
use of exclamation marks. Also we can clearly see the strong physical capabilities of
Abigail during this time through the way that she frantically shakes and pulls Betty
around the room. This would have been visually exciting for the audience.


As the scene develops, Thomas Putnam, John Proctor and Giles Corey are arguing about the
land. This is the first instance in which the community is becoming divided, where by as
if these people cannot settle their petty disputes then it is unlikely that they will
offer support to each other in the forthcoming events. It shows the selfishness is ripe in
Salem.


Proctor and Abigail talk and Abigail tries to seduce him. The atmosphere starts of calm
but soon there is anger between them. John Proctor tells Abigail that he wants nothing
more to do with her after their affair. Again the use of exclamation points shows the
anger. The speed of the dialogue is increased due to the short sentences. This is more
effective than if the sentences were longer as the points almost sound listed rather than
direct and implanted, when the speech is quicker.


When John Hale arrives he is told by Parris of the dancing in the woods of which Abigail
was involved with. To avoid being accused of witchcraft, Abigail quickly lays the blame on
Tituba for what happened, because she fears for her own safety. The girls know that Tituba
did not consort with the Devil but because of the fear and ignorance of the society they
did not listen to her. Tituba, afraid of being hanged, confesses her faith in God and
accuses Goody Good and Goody Osborne of witchcraft.


At the end of the act the girls ecstatically chant the names of the townspeople whom they
accuse of consorting with the Devil. The curtain falls at this point and the audience are
left in suspense because they are eager to discover the results of these new accusations
aswell as the progression of evil that is to come in Abigail.


The opening of Act Two contrast to Act One as it opens on a quiet note. As a result of
Abigail's actions trust amongst the community is being broken. Mary Warren gives an
account to Elizabeth and John Proctor of how she was in court testifying against the
townspeople and that Goody Osburn was condemned.


Proctor is angry that Mary Warren left after he instructed her not to do so. This is
indicated by violence. When she begins crying it we don’t empathize with her at all;
especially when we realise Elizabeth has been accused. I think we feel frustrated with her
false confession; she clearly does not realise the extent of the harm she and the other
girls are causing.


'But I said I never see no
sign you ever sent your spirit out to hurt no one, and
seeing I do live so closely with you, they dismissed it.

When Reverend Hale questions Elizabeth and John Proctor on the commandments, it is evident
that there is still a void between the couple. All commandments could be recited except
for adultery, which is the main reason for the tension between this couple at the moment.
In the Puritan culture, adultery is a grievous sin, one punishable by death.


PROCTOR '...Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.'
HALE You have said that twice, sir'
PROCTOR (lost): Àye. (he if flailing for it.)
ELIZABETH (delicately); Adultery, John.

The stage directions show the difficulty this couple have had in discussing this topic. It
seems fortunate for Proctor that he does not recall this last commandment on his own. This
could suggest that he is willing to put his affair behind him. When Elizabeth intervenes
see merely ‘delicately’ lets him know what he is ‘flailing’ for as if to suggest that she
has difficulty in saying the word. Very recent stage directions in this particular scene
show that Elizabeth is ‘without hesitation, even eager’ to recite the commandments. This
shows that Elizabeth still thinks about his husband’s affair.

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