Essay about Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller ‘You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor.’ Assess the developments in John Proctor’s character that validate this statement. How does Miller create a sense of tension and suspense in the build up to this climatic moment in Act 4?

In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible he has used many dramatic devices in order to create tension and build up to the climaxes of the story. Each act tells the audience more about the characters and gives insight into what others think of them. John’s character is slowly revealed to the audience as the play develops. It is one of Millers devices, which means that
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Soon after this John refers to Abby as ‘Child.’ This is again showing his regret in having had an affair with her and shows that he thinks of Abby as nothing more than a child. The audience can see from this that John is not all perfect and good, he does make mistakes, but he still recognises them, will not do the same again and is prepared to move on.

When talk of witchcraft sweeps the village, John shows his views on the case clearly, nurse Rebecca says that it is just ‘children being children’ and that they are acting for attention, John quickly agrees saying ‘Aye, that’s the truth of it Rebecca.’ John doesn’t seem to think much about witchcraft and is willing to speak against it and not jump to conclusions, until any solid evidence is found. To some people this would show a negative side to John’s character, he is unwilling to accept what is obviously the truth and is prepared to ‘pretend’ that nothing is wrong. Others would see this as a positive side to John; he does not quickly jump to conclusions and is not very judgemental, he will only believe when he has proof.

The village of Salem is based mainly around the Church. Everyone is expected to go to church, whether they want to or not. In the first act we learn a lot about John Proctors attitudes towards the Church and the Rvd Parris. The attitudes he shows can be quite contradictive, for

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