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Crucible essay

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THE CRUCIBLE How I would play John Proctor The character of John Proctor is that of a good and mostly honest man. His only sin is Adultery [with Abigail Williams] which he regrets as he is a good Christian. Elizabeth, John's wife, has forgiven him for his affair because she loves him and they have two children together. Abigail used to work in the Proctor's household, but Elizabeth kicked her out after she discovered the secret between her and John, since then, Abigail has held a grudge against Elizabeth ever since. Abigail is only a young girl, still a teenager, whereas John is in his mid-thirties, and therefore does not want to have anything more to do with Abigail, because in Salem, he has a good name. John's guilt plays a key part in the scene as the main theme is his guilt, so, every time Abigail was to mention their past, I'd flinch slightly and have a faint, but obvious, look of guilt on my face. The way the scene begins is quite playful and teasing. 'What's this mischief here?' ...read more.

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say 'I'm fed up of telling you the same thing, I don't want you back' When Abby grabs my hand and tells me she waits for me every night, I'd push her hand off me and tell her, through gritted teeth 'I never gave you hope to wait for me' and I'd also emphasise the word 'never' to try and get through to her. As Abby becomes angrier, I'd raise my voice slightly. For the line 'Abby, you'll put it out of mind' I'd look her straight in the eye, with a look of seriousness on my face. I'd also emphasise the words 'Abby & out of mind' because those are the most important words of the line. As her tone becomes lighter, I'd remain serious so as to not let up my guard. When she asks if I'm 'sportin'' with her I'd tell her with a slightly sarcastic tone 'You know me better' Then, as Abby rants about how I 'clutched her back' in their more, intimate times, I'd look guilty and fold my arms as if to close myself off completely. ...read more.

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John loves his wife and stands up for her and I'd say "You'll speak nothing of Elizabeth" as if I'm about to shout. The word 'nothing' would be stressed. And although Abigail's next line is said whilst she's sobbing, I wouldn't sympathise her. I'd say the next line the same as the previous, although shaking Abby at the same time. I wouldn't shake her violently, but enough to shut her up. As she starts her final line, Abigail is almost crying but I will not stand down. I'd show a slight hint of sympathy in my face. I would start to walk away with my head held low and when she [Abby] runs up and says 'Pity me John! Pity Me" I'd ignore her and continue to walk out. Overall, John's character is that of a guilty one with a guilty conscience. Abigail still needs John's love but he will not give it as he is aware that he has done so much wrong already. I'd make sure that I played John in a way that portrayed him as a good and honest man with a dark past he'd much rather forget. ...read more.

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