So I think, if Mary is standing centre stage, the girls stage left, and Proctor stage right, as Proctor steps towards Mary saying Mary, how-? she should be backing away from Proctor towards Abigail. This should portray how Mary is leaving her alliance with Proctor. By this point the audience should have already assumed that Mary is returning to Abigail. I think Proctor should continue walking towards Mary, appealing to Hale, while Mary, backing away, directs her wild accusations at Danforth and Hawthorn, while occasionally gesturing to Proctor, perhaps showing that there is still some conflict within her.
Marys line My name is significant as the word name holds a lot of meaning throughout the play. It holds meaning about reputation, there are often references to the Devil wanting peoples names in his book, and the play ends with Proctor saying that your name is the only thing that is your own. On Marys line Abby, Abby, Ill never hurt you more! I would have Mary throwing herself at Abigail and clinging to her, while Abigail, in a more restrained way, would hold her and stare resolutely at Proctor.
On Proctor line God is dead there should be another silence marking the sealing of his fate. Parris line Hear it, hear it! should be said after a short pause, and said quite snidely. Proctors final speech could be seen as a clear analogy for the corruption in 1950s America saying, you know in all your black hearts that this is fraud. This line shows in both cases that the people responsible for movements probably realise that what they are doing is wrong. The irony in Proctors line I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face!
And it is my face, and yours, Danforth is that he saying that there is evil working in Salem, but not that of the Devil. The evil is the fact the girls are being allowed to control Salem, and that Danforth is allowing this spectral evidence which is so blatantly wrong. Miller is saying how the instigators of the McCarthy trials knew well it was a modern day witch-hunt. Proctors last line should be shouted as he is dragged down the aisle and out of the back of the auditorium. Hale should storm out stage right with Danforth striding after him yelling, Mr Hale!
Mr Hale! . As Hale leaves, although in protest of the proceedings, it seems to be the last glimmer of hope going for Proctor. I believe the audience would be thinking that this protest is too little too late from Hale, who could have changed the outcome long before. It should now appear to the audience that, although a short time ago he seemed in quite a strong position, all his hopes have one by one vanished. I think that Miller is trying to convey that both the Salem witch trials of 1692, and the McCarthy trials in the 1950s were both caused by hysteria.
I think at the end of the act the audience should be moved and quite shocked by the power of the scene, and feel sympathy for Proctor. I also think they should be slightly confused with the pace of the action, but not so much that they dont understand the events. I would like to leave the audience with the notion that any one of the Characters had the potential to change the outcome of the trial. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.