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How would you direct the characters Abigail and Proctor to convey meaning to an audience?

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How would you direct the characters Abigail and Proctor to convey meaning to an audience? Abigail: On the line 'Give me a word, John. A Soft word' Abigail should come closer to Proctor and stroke the side of his face gently. This conveys that she still is in love with john and wants to tempt him back to her. She should also bat her eyelids at him softly too. After this, Proctor says 'No, no, Abby. That's done with now' Abby should spring back and have a shocked expression but then move in closer again and say the next line. This conveys that John Proctor does not want another relationship with Abigail but shows that Abigail has the determination to not give up until she has her man. When she says the line 'you come five mile to see a silly girl fly? I know you better.' She should say this in a tauntingly fashion and give him eye contact while saying this. ...read more.


When she says: 'A wild thing may say wild things. But not so wild, I think. I have seen you since she put me out; I have seen you nights' She walks up to proctor again and uses hand gestures while saying the line; it must show that really wants' to express how she really feels but cannot get the words out; this line must show determination. On the line ' I have a sense for heat (Abigail moves away from John Proctor) John, and yours has drawn me to my window, ( She puts both hands on her heart and turns her head so she doe not look at him while saying this, she says this line very innocently and softly), and I have seen you looking up, burning in your loneliness (As she says that she turns her head back round. Removes her hand from her heart and points at John, and speaks in a louder tone and really emphasises the word 'loneliness') ...read more.


Let her turn (she then fists her hands and makes a 'ringing your neck' gesture) you like a-' This shows how annoyed Abigail is and conveys to the audience that Abigail is trying to turn Proctor against his wife. After this Abigail burst into tears and goes up to john and clenches his arms and says: I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretence Salem was, (She looks into johns eyes and batters her eyelids) I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? (She moves her head back slightly, she says the next but in a more angrily tone) I will not, I cannot! You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! (He pushes her away and turns abruptly to go out, but Abigail rushes to him.) John, pity me, pity me!' As Abigail says the end of the line, she says it really innocently and gives him 'puppy dog eyes'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Natalie Hopkins ...read more.

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