In the last scene of act one we see the big bang we’ve been waiting for- the girls are confronted by the Reverend Hale of Beverley. They can see their escape from the blame and seek their freedom and begin to accuse others of witchcraft. The tension on stage has reached its climax the girls are overwhelmed with their power that they grow hysterical and a strange sense of happiness is about them, but for some of the girls they feel an extreme fear and panic. Tituba confesses to Reverend Hale, “he came to me…
I have white people belonging to me, I look and there was Sarah Goode! ” Abbey confesses “I danced with the devil” but says she wants help to make herself look innocent, “I want the sweet love of god! ” the audience see the tension rising but do they believe Abbey? She is creating the most tension as she leads the girls into an almost over-zealous proclamation of devil worshippers. Reverend hale believes the girls and yells, “Hallelujah! ” The authorities take them seriously because the people accused will be judged by a bias Puritanical Religion.
This religion is strict so people accused will face very serious consequences for disobeying the rules. For Salem the punishments are being in-prisoned or even death. The witch trials saw 19 people dead that’s the BANG. The Crucible play was shown to audiences in the year 1953. Around this period of time the reactions from the audience would be shocking. The audiences will be shocked as witchcraft in this time was still banned. Witchcraft was very important around this time; it had recently been banned across the world due to states and countries spiralling out of control on witchcraft madness.
It would also be shocking to see this type of hysteria from girls of such a young age because in those days it would have been kept quiet as people will take matters to an extreme. Audiences will probably have felt this play to be very entertaining because of it’s reflection of life at the time and make them well as though witchcraft was true as it shows what happened around the world with the out of control insane witchcraft frenzy. I think Arthur Miller got his point across about the dangers of power being concentrated into too few hands.
The audience can see the whole story of a state that’s gone crazy and can see the difference between both sides, the truth and the lies and what it results in. If the audience understand that Arthur Miller sees no harm in communism they will learn that the real villain in this play is the Judge Danvers. He becomes the villain as he doesn’t give the accused a chance to explain he just believes the girls. The result of this was 19 unnecessary deaths.