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FEAR DEMONSTRATED IN THE CRUCIBLE
Transcript of FEAR DEMONSTRATED IN THE CRUCIBLE
IN THE CRUCIBLE HOW IS FEAR EXPLORED
WITHIN THE PLAY? HOW DOES OUR SECTION
REFLECT MCCARTHYISM? ACT 2 ACT 2 WHAT ARE THE WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF FEAR? ACT 2 HOW ARE CHARACTERS USED TO SUGGEST FEAR? ACT 2 HOW DO OTHER THEMES RELATE TO FEAR? ACT 2 There are many examples of fear presentented within the play;
Fear is shown differently due to the persons character and sitution for example, John and Elizabeth Proctor are scared of Abigails fraud and believe thats she will come after them due the situation between John and Abigail as she is jealous that John chose Elizabeth and not her. Another example of fear is how Elizabeth is almost scared of John as he is controlling. We can tell this due to Proctors stage directions, 'with a violent undertone' we can tell that Elizabeth is scared of him because of her stage directions, 'quietly, fearing to anger him by prodding.' MORE EXAMPLES OF FEAR ACT 2 Miller uses hysteria to widen the implications of fear by creating Abigail to be quite a controlling character as she controls all the girls in the village and out of fear the girls follow her. She manipulates peoples lives to try and get her own way.
We know that Abigail is feared by Elizabeth as she says in a convosation to John, "Abigail brings the other girls into court, and where she walks the crowd will part like the sea of Israel. Folk are brought before them, and if they scream and howl and fall to the floor-the persons put into jail for bewitchin' them." Miller uses his characters in order to suggest fear by making them talk to each other about their worries this shows that its on their minds and they're thinking about it constantly. Miller uses this to suggest fear without the characters actually saying it.
The puncuation within the script suggests fear as in certain parts of the script you can sense the anger when John frequently interupts Elizabeth we know this as Miller uses " - " to show the interuption throught her sentences and we can tell John is angry due to the frequent use of " ! " FEAR? ANGER? WORRY? TROUBLED? ANGER? TROUBLED? WORRIED? DISAPPOINTED? IRRITATED? UPSET? SCARED? ANGER; John always seems troubled, we can tell this due to Millers stage directions, "his anger rising" and "with a violent undertone" this suggests that he's had enough of all the lies and accusations. MANIPULATION; Abigail uses manipulation to get her own way we know this because, "the whole towns gone wild." this shows that Abigail has manipulated them to believe what she wants them to believe. Our section reflets McCarthyism as like McCarthyism in the Crucible 14 people had been accused by this point and initally in the McCarthy witch trials 200 people were accused of being member of the communist party.
Joesph McCarthy is similar to Govenor Danforth because they both believed strongly in witchcraft, they were both men of high power so had a large imput on peoples opinions and actions.
They also both accused people without giving them a fair trial this meant that people were falsely accused.