Why does Arthur Miller open Act IV of The Crucible with a scene of madness?
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By opening Act IV with its chilling, yet pitiful scene of madness among the prisoners, as seen especially in Tituba's ravings, Miller powerfully conveys the depth of the misery, suffering, and insanity wrought by the witchcraft trials. This scene also creates a dark atmosphere and a somber tone for the tragic final events that are about to unfold.
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