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Comparison of limbo, Hanna and Hannah and The Crucible

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Drama Coursework In this essay I shall be comparing 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller which I have prepared for Option two with 'Hannah And Hannah' and the anthology poem I have chosen is Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathwaite to help me with acting out my part in our scripted piece of work on the crucible. My role in my production is Proctor whom A hard working farmer, and native of Salem who lives just outside town; he is married to Elizabeth Proctor. Before the play, he has an affair with Abigail Williams, which ultimately leads to his downfall. When the hysteria over witchcraft begins in the village, he attempts to reveal Abigail's lack of innocence, due to the fact that Abigail and Proctor had an affair has been known for his witchcraft skills therefore he is called to Salem (the town in which 'The Crucible' is set) where there had been a sudden outcry of witchcraft due to a girl, Betty, falling ill after an immature night in the woods with all of the other servants. In Hannah and Hannah the characters were Hannah, a white, working class girl living in Margate, a city the sea. She has stereotypical views, and has probably never left the city she lives in. ...read more.

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They wore traditional clothing which was plain as they were very religious, the men wore trousers and an open necked shirt or cloaks and ponchos. So we wore similar clothing to this and our props also represented the time in which our play was set as did the staging and set design. This clothing was very similar to that of 'Macbeth'. In conclusion, I have enjoyed performing The Crucible even though my acting was at its weakest. It was a different experience as beforehand we had performed modern day drama therefore it was a challenge as well as a privilege to be able to perform this historical piece. I have learnt by performing this that to really do well you need to do three major things: understand your character (their background, who they are etc), know your lines and most importantly understand your lines so If you forget your line at least you should know around about what topic you need to be talking about. However in Hannah and Hannah There were little visual effects to speak of, but there was the subtle changing of clothes by the characters, which had them go from totally opposite clothing to matching ones, probably to symbolise their friendship or something like that. ...read more.

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The poem has a very strong beat, suggesting the dance it describes: where the word limbo appears as a complete line, it should be spoken slowly, the first syllable extended and both syllables stressed: Lim-bo. While the italics give the refrain (or chorus) which reminds us of the dance, the rest of the poem tells the story enacted in the dance: these lines are beautifully rhythmic, and almost every syllable is stressed, until the very last line, where the rhythm is broken, suggesting the completion of the dance, and the end of the narrative. This poem is suited to dramatic performance - there is the dancing under the limbo pole (difficult for most Europeans) and the acting out of the voyage into slavery. The poem can be chanted or sung, with a rhythmic accompaniment to bring out the drama in it percussion, generally, is appropriate but drums, specifically, are ideal: in fact, the text refers to the drummer and the music. ?? ?? ?? ?? This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ ...read more.

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