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Discuss how explorative strategies have enhanced your understanding of "The Crucible".

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Discuss how explorative strategies have enhanced your understanding of "The Crucible" In our drama class we have been working on "The Crucible" a play written by Arthur Miller. "The Crucible", is in the context of the historical Salem Witch Trials, it shows many innocent people being accused of crimes/sins they did not commit. When looking at the title "The Crucible" my first impressions were formed by the following; The word 'crucible' can mean a severe test or trial, this prompted me to think, that the plays main focus was on a trial. The word 'crucible' reminded me of the word crucifix, which means a cross or image of a cross with the figure of Christ upon it. This brought the idea of religion, rebirth and death in to my thoughts about the play. When we began to explore the play in lessons my understanding deepened through the use of many explorative strategies. We examined the plays many themes through still imagery and narrating. ...read more.


Faith or religion are both important factors throughout the play, because of this there are many superstitions and the witchcraft stems from this. The belief in God is strong throughout the play and many characters talk about it. A couple of examples of this are near the middle of Act1 when Proctor says that people no longer come to church as Parris hardly ever mentions God anymore. And later Rebecca: If so let us go to God for the cause of it... We also used narrating and through it we explored the theme of Witchcraft. We used a scene from the end of Act 1 were Tituba is being accused of witchcraft. Abigail, Parris, Putnam and Hale are all present in this scene. We played out this scene using two people as narrator's one person on either side of the stage and divided the lines between them. We then had the characters play out the scene in the middle of the stage in between the narrators. ...read more.


I became more aware of my expressions, through my body language and my face and how it would affect the audience's reactions. From both the exercises above we when on to cross-cutting. We played out the scene and then had another scene being played out at the same time and cut between the two. We used Forum theatre unfortunately I was absent and missed this lesson but I can imagine it would have helped me to see characters from another persons point of view and be given advice on how to improve my acting. Marking the moment -We discusses how we could uses this in our scenes and how it would affect our overall performances. In conclusion this is a complex play with complex characters, explorative strategies helped to unravel the play and helped me understand how the characters thought and how they felt. I feel it helped me better understand the plot and made me less aware of the audience and helped me improve my naturalistic acting. ...read more.

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