Tension In Act 1 Of The Crucible

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How did Arthur Miller create tension in act 1 of ‘The Crucible’? ‘The Crucible’ was written by Arthur Miller in 1953 at the time of McCarthyism in the United States. Arthur Miller was an accomplished playwright who wrote several well known plays before ‘The Crucible’. ‘The Crucible’ and the time of McCarthyism were very closely linked. Part of McCarthyism was paranoia and finding scapegoats and blaming innocent people, without viable evidence, for something they didn’t do. In ‘The Crucible’ people were assumed guilty of witchcraft and compacting with the devil. If someone said they were. McCarthyism was the exact same except instead of accusing people of witchcraft they accused them of being a communist. The accused had two options; either they “admit” to being a witch/communist and name others, or maintain their innocence and be hanged/blacklisted. It was all delusional. Miller was motivated to write ‘The Crucible’ while seeing McCarthyism take place. Miller used several different techniques to create tension in the first Act of ‘The Crucible’ as to capture the audience’s attention. For example in the first scene of ‘The Crucible’ where Parris is trying to get to the bottom of what Abigail, Betty and the other girls did in the forest. Abigail insists that they were just dancing but Parris is unsure. This first scene makes the audience ask questions like: Is it the witchcraft that it’s rumoured to be? Is Abby telling the truth? And what is wrong with Betty? This causes the audience to become instantly hooked to the play. Later on in that scene Parris reveals his real motive, he says “for now my ministry is at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousin’s life.” By talking about his ministry first it seems like that’s his priority for he doesn’t want to get a bad name. Also in that scene Abigail starts to

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