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Imagine you are a director who has been asked to direct a modern version of The Crucible. Decide on how you would make the play modern and the kind of setting that you feel is the most appropriate for conveying the themes of the play

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Philip Goh (8) 3.9 22 Jul 05 Task Two: Setting Imagine you are a director who has been asked to direct a modern version of The Crucible. Decide on how you would make the play modern and the kind of setting that you feel is the most appropriate for conveying the themes of the play. In your discussion, you should deal with what you feel are the main themes of the play that you want to focus on and how the setting will enhance and even add depth to what you have to say. Firstly, I feel that in order to make the play as modern as possible, the play has to have a feel which all of its viewers can instantly identify with, as well as being realistic when compared with current world events. ...read more.

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Setting the Scene The play takes place two years into the future. A recent spate of terrorist bombings and other activities worldwide, as well as a sudden epidemic of a fatal virus which has no cure has left the world in a state of chaos and confusion. Many have died or have had their lives put at risk. Similarly, after the terrorist activities of Sept 11, where Muslims living in the US were looked upon with a degree of mistrust and hatred, the situation has now escalated worldwide. Again, Muslim extremists have made headlines by sending suicide bombers to public areas in many countries, killing and wounding countless victims. Now they are treated with contempt everywhere, with no attempts made by people to conceal their hatred and loathing for this group of people. ...read more.

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Themes The main themes I have chosen to focus on What I feel are the main themes of the play I will focus on, how the setting will affect theses themes. Themes: intolerance, hysteria, reputation, morality, intergrity I feel that the proposed setting will enhance and add depth to the play, because modern viewers will be able to identify with the events portrayed, as most, if not all of them have lived through the Sept 11 attacks and seen the effects it produced, as well as experiencing the SARS crisis. I also feel that because having two ongoing crises at the same time, the sheer complexity of the situation will closely resemble that of a real-life one. Hysteria --> has not really happened so much, closest that came to it was SARS. Intolerance for muslims, all stereotyped and viewed with suspicion and etc. in SARS everyone in contact had to be quarantined ...read more.

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