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Act 2- Proctor's house. Role of Elizabeth

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Drama Georgia Burne 1JW The Crucible The crucible is set in the early 1920's in a place called Salem in Massachusetts America. The story is based on the problem of witchcraft; to be a witch or warlock in those days was unforgivable. The people living in Salem were all strict Puritans and anything un-natural was said to be wrong. Anyone with any evidence of another being "in contact with the devil" was immediately taken to court for a case, they could be imprisoned for many years or worse killed. As you can imagine this arose a great deal of problems including people's greed or jealousy taking over their moral beliefs. People would accuse others to get what they wanted e.g. land. Act 2- Proctor's house. Role of Elizabeth Elizabeth- "What keeps you so late? It's almost dark." At this point in the story Elizabeth still has a slightly higher status than her husband, and has done for quite a while; this is because he is the one that has sinned and still needs to watch his step if he wants to keep her as his wife. As she walks in from singing to the children, she will be looking at her husband at first, then look out side swiftly when she says "It's almost dark." ...read more.


After his reply she has weakened a little, she knew that by telling him this it would get to him, now she can see that he is holding back from shouting. This still gives her the upper status. So when she says "I couldn't stop her." She shakes her head slightly but still watches him. She then goes on to say how Mary Warren frightened all her strength and power away from her, at this she will step forward, it's now that she begins to use her body to express, all the way so far her torso has stayed upright. As she steps forward she looks Proctor in the eye. And she moves her arms forward, which shows her weakness breaking through. "It is a mouse no more. I forbid her to go, and she raises up her chin like the daughter or a prince and says to me, 'I must go to Salem, Goody Proctor, I am an official in the court!" In the role of Elizabeth the actress should start to use a lot more expression, walk closer to Proctor. On "It is a mouse no more" She should shake her head ever so slightly, and then at "I forbid her to go" stop and look at Proctor directly, as if to prove that she had done something right. ...read more.


His next speech calms her anger a bit but turns it into sadness, she realises what a lie and sham her marriage is, she complains to him. "John, you are not open with me. You saw her with a crowd, you said, now you-"Her arms should be hung loosely at her side and she should just be staring at him. Her anger has gone and it is back into disappointment. She tries to justify herself but gets cut off which annoys her so while he is telling her that he will listen no more she looks at him in despair, but realises something that he has said. "And judge me not". She replies calmly and smiling a bit in a patronising way says "I do not judge you." Pauses "the magistrate sits in your heart judges you." She knows that this will get to him. She know shows him her disappointment in him "I never thought you but a good man" emphasizing the 'good' and 'but'. She then pauses again and before turning away again says "-only somewhat bewildered" smiling almost laughing. Elizabeth should be played as an uptight moral sort of woman and only when she does let her weaknesses through does she not keep her perfect posture. She is kind, also very stern however, and purse lipped. Her facial expression rarely changes apart from when overwhelmed emotions. ...read more.

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