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Why does Arthur Miller open Act IV of The Crucible with a scene of madness?

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rizj0802 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 19, 2009 at 6:31 AM via web

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Why does Arthur Miller open Act IV of The Crucible with a scene of madness?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 1, 2009 at 3:50 PM (Answer #1)

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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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