Arthur Miller's Use Of Suspense In Act II

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asia Diagne English 10 Mr. Bishop 5 November 2014 Suspense in Act II Throughout Act II, Miller slowly builds suspense by introducing new themes as he reinforces old ones, such as the themes of vengeance, adultery, and hysteria, as well introducing a new symbol, the ‘poppet.’ The puppet is introduced when Mary Warren gives Elizabeth Proctor the poppet, which she made while attending the the trials. “I made a gift for you today, Goody Proctor. I had to sit long hours in a chair and passed the time in sewing” (p.53). As Elizabeth receives the puppet from Mary Warren, her expression is described as ‘perplexed,’ which shows us that she thinks the gift is rather unusual, which is Miller’s way of foreshadowing the future importance of the puppet and generate suspense. Further on the significance of the puppet is revealed when Cheever discovers a needle in the puppet, similar needle to the one who Abigail had claimed Elizabeth’s spirit had stabbed her with. “The girl, the Williams girl, Abigail Williams, sir. She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris 's house tonight, and without word nor warnin ' she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says, and screamed a scream that a bull would weep to hear. And he goes to save her, and stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out. And demandin ' of her how she come to be so stabbed, she testify it were your wife 's familiar spirit pushed it in” (p.70). The puppet symbolizes harm directed toward a certain
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