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Comparative essay between the end of scene four, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Drinking Companion, Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn.

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Comparative essay between the end of scene four, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Drinking Companion, Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn. My drama class was split into four groups and each group was given a selected scene or part from The Crucible to rehearse and act for one piece of coursework. My group was given the end of act four and the ending of the play. I was to play Proctor and had to think hard about how to portray him in the section, as it was a crucial part in the play.* We were given Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn, a play to read and compare with the section acted of The Crucible. Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn is split into five plays within one, which can be performed separately or as a whole, this is in fact very similar to the way in which we acted The Crucible, in four sections, acted by different people and all linked by one character. ...read more.


Abigail is the source of the John Proctor story which gave this play depth and excitement. Other characters that seem to make choices where Reverend Hale, Paris and all the young girls who followed Abigail, Hale made a choice to believe in the witchcraft in the first place but then took the choice to back out when he realised that innocent people were being hanged, Paris chose to ignore the fact that he saw girls chanting and running naked thorough the forest as not to bring shame upon his family name, the young girls of Salem chose to let Abigail bully them in to believing in witchcraft, Mary Warren one of those girls made another choice to tell the truth and fight against Abigail's bad ways. The play in confusions which I found most like my scene in the Crucible was Drinking Companion, although set in a different time and place, in the present ...read more.


In both these stories the characters escape regret when even ending in death. The play writers both seem to have the same intentions, to teach the audience, they teach the difference between right and wrong and the importance of following your personal morals. The genre and style of the two plays are similar but seem to drift apart, they both tell real life but The Crucible tells a naturalistic story and is performed as dramatic realism, Confusions is a comedy among sorts and would also be acted in a naturalistic way. The two plays although distant have many underlying similarities, when seen the plays seem to have more meaning and context, they are both showing us life of its time and educating us in their ways, the plays were set in the times that they were written in. ...read more.

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