The Dramatic Nature of Act Three of Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Of the crucible.disscuss how the plays stage directions,
Speech, plot development and character actions or
Development contribute to the drama and tension
Of the act
The dramatic nature of act 3 in the crucible goes up and down, there
are many ways in which the stage directions, speech, plot development
and character development help to raise and lower the tension of the
act. The writer shows how these things have an affect on the audience
and how they feel about the play.
Act 3 starts with voices off stage, there is no visual. The audience
can hear Hathorne, Martha Corey, Danforth and Giles. The tension rises
as you cannot see the actors, but can only hear the speech. The stage
direction is off stage (a roaring goes up from the people) this makes
the audience think, what will happen next. In the speech some
repetition and rhetorical questions are used to make the audience feel
sympathy, anger or worry.
"Danforth: (mystified): Books? What Books?"
"Hathorne: This is contempt sir, contempt!
The tension is brought down as Giles, Francis and proctor try to
reason with the judge. Giles talks about the judge's father and an old
case, that he took. This calms down the audience as the people on
stage are only talking quietly.
Tension rises as Giles Corey partially gives evidence against Thomas
Putnam also showing how much he hates Putnam "Giles (clenching his
fist): a fart on Thomas Putnam is what I say to that. Then the plot
develops by making this end with Giles not giving the name and then he
goes to jail threatening to cut Putnam's throat. He then later is
Then the attention of the audience is focused as Mary has her
interview. Many things are mentioned like the poppet and the dancing
in the woods, this part of the scene is just talking fairly calm
Mary is unable to faint on demand. Then the tension builds up even
more as the men accuse Mary of making the news up (that the girls were
telling lies) because of proctor. Then the stage directions show that
Proctor is angry at the accusations.
"Proctor: (furious)(Page 83)
The audience now start thinking that proctor has a better chance of
winning. The stage directions also tell the audience that when John
sees a good opportunity he will take it eventually.
"Proctor: (taking it right up). The stage directions also show that
Danforth is starting to doubt Abigail.
"Danforth: (turning worriedly to Abigail)
This also shows the audience that john has a better chance of winning,
and most will suspect that the happy ending of the play will be in the
courtroom. To back John case up after Abigail's petty excuses he
confesses to adultery.
"Danforth: (blanched in horror...