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Drama coursework- comparison between: 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller and 'Vinegar Tom' by C. Churchill

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Drama coursework- comparison between: 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller 'Vinegar Tom' by C. Churchill We are currently performing a piece of drama called 'The Crucible' and have studied a play called 'Vinegar Tom'. 'The Crucible' was written by Arthur Miller in 1953 and was set in Salem, Massachusetts USA in 1692. 'Vinegar Tom' was written in the 1970's and was set in the 17th century. Although 'Vinegar Tom' was written about the 17th century, the ideas parallel those of the issues of the 1970's. The issue was feminism. Although women were beginning to work the same jobs as men, their wages were drastically different, with men being paid a lot more for the same job. ...read more.


This set off a long chain of innocent people that were accused by people trying to free their own name. Several innocent people was accused and charged, as they would not give their names of others. This is the same as the plot of 'The Crucible'. John Proctor will not give other peoples names in order to free his, and so is charged of being a witch. Arthur Miller was accused of being a communist and as he wouldn't give the names of others in order to free his name. After this was when 'The Crucible' was written. Both stories tell of false accusations, and of people scapegoating others. ...read more.


Satan was believed to pick out the weakest individuals to do possess- women, children. I have used what I have found out from studying the two plays and adapted it into my production of 'The Crucible.' I play Abigail, the girl who starts up the accusations and is the leader in her group of friends. Her friends follow her actions and go along with what she says. I play my part confidently, but I have tried to portray the fact that there is always the fear of being accused, or found out of lying to the court. The play is really about what's not said, and I am playing my part as though there are things I know, but keep to myself. Drama Coursework- 'The Crucible' and 'Vinegar Tom' Louise Poole ...read more.

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