Dramatic Techniques In The Crucible Essay

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We search for a place to be familiar and feel a sense acceptance, not realising that Belonging is a dynamic process of identification, which establishes a relationship with individuals and their society. The bonds we form with people play a fundamental role in shaping our self of belonging and also transforms through new experiences. The crucible by Arthur Miller demonstrates a constant composition of dramatic techniques throughout the play. Tension is generated throughout the play by the constant struggle to distinguish what is true from what is perceived to be false. Miller’s use of juxtapositions, dialogue, irony, symbolism and imagery implicates his techniques to help implement his ideas into this play. Belonging and not belonging is…show more content…
Dramatic irony is presented in act one in the scene where all the girls are alone. From this scene, the audience has a fair idea of what happened in the woods. No other character knows. The audience is able to assess Abigail’s character and recognise the shocking nature of the first ‘crying out’. Later in the play, the audience is better able to appreciate the emotion and the catastrophe of Elizabeth’s lie to Danforth. When she tells him proctor is not a liar, because of what the audience knows from earlier scenes. We know that Elizabeth never lies; yet she does her thinking that she will save John, but he has already confessed. This moment comes as a huge shock to the audience and is powerful example of the use of dramatic irony. The symbolism of the crucible, which serves as the play’s title, is integral to the play. The metaphorical meaning of transformation of elements from the application of heat also links with the ‘fire’ motif found in much of the dialogue. In the Salem context, the environment tests inner character and the moral high ground, which people are out both literally and figuratively ‘on trial’ as John infers in the court room as he roars, “… all our old pretence is ripped away … we are only what we always were, but naked
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