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Comparing 'The Crucible' with 'The Titanic' and 'The Woman in Black'

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Comparing 'The Crucible' with 'The Titanic' and 'The Woman in Black' 'The Crucible' is a historical drama set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The play was presented in a minimalist style. The characters were all puritan which meant they were very simply dressed with dull colours. Living in a small village they would all be interested in each others business. The characters would all be desperate to keep their names 'white', some of the characters for example Ann Putnam would have also benefited from the blackening of her neighbors names. This was because if someone was condemned a witch then their land would be sold cheap. Most of the themes centre on religion. 'The Titanic' was a non-naturalistic, documentary drama. It was set in a music hall in present times but had flash backs to 1914 which told the story of Titanic. This is different to 'The Crucible' because the story line is very linear and unfolds to the audience in the correct sequence of events. ...read more.


However both plays had elements of melodrama. 'The Titanic' used it to add humor and to highlight the stereo types of the different class and over exaggerate them to make the differences more obvious. 'The Crucible' used melodrama at the end to show the audience the passion of John Proctor and how tragic the whole play is. Where melodrama had been used it is meant to be taken seriously and if all the actors keep in character then it is believable to the audience. 'The Woman in Black' is a supernatural thriller set in 1940's in London. Flash backs are used to tell the story same as in 'The Titanic'. It is similar to 'The Crucible' because they both contain supernatural forces. 'The Crucible' and 'The Titanic' were both based on true events whereas 'The Woman in Black' is a fictional story. 'The Crucible' had many of the characters scared and hysterical but no attempts were made to make the audience feel scared. ...read more.


If Abby's strength over the other girls is not apparent in the first scene then the play is not believable. Abby was acted brilliantly with her strength shown in her speech to the other girls by talking slowly and emphasizing the nasty words. Her personality was portrayed well is her sudden change then to being sweet when John Proctor enters the room her tone of voice get higher and she smiles. She clearly had a good knowledge of how to get the reaction she wanted from each character, although she was never more powerful than John at any point his strong posture showed how he was in charge. 'The Woman in Black' is similar in that if the main character does not look believably scared then the audience will not be this was shown well in that he had lots of small little gestures and slight shaking. 'The Titanic' the character have to be extreme for it to work, the first class must be extremely posh and the steerage passengers extremely common. All three plays were minimalist and had vast variety of characters. 5/1/2007 By Tamsin Arthur ...read more.

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