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How would you perform/produce the asides in act one in order to make the allegory explicit to your audience? 'The Crucible ' by Arthur Miller.

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How would you perform/produce the asides in act one in order to make the allegory explicit to your audience? 'The Crucible ' by Arthur Miller, is set in 1692, on the Salem witch trials and compared with McCarthyism in 1950's, the time it was written. 'The Crucible' is a fictional retelling of events in American history surrounding the Salem witch trials of the seventeenth century, yet it is as much a product of the time in which Miller wrote it, the early 1950's, as it is a description of a Puritan society. I will be describing my ideas on the performance and the production of the asides in act one of 'The Crucible'. One of the main motives of asides is to explain the similarities in 1690's and1950's. 'The Crucible' is a story with an underlying meaning as well as the literal one. Although 1690's and 1950's are very different, Miller has portrayed the same allegory. Miller is trying to prove that "history repeats itself." He does this by proving that people were stupid to believe in witches in the seventeenth century, just like people believed in McCarthyism in America in the 1950's. ...read more.


Therefore it is vital that the narrator of the aside is someone, who the audience is likely to pay attention to. Ideally a literate person who can judge people correctly and has the power to catch the audience's attention with his voice. I think it's a good idea if the narrator is one of the charters from the play. Having one of the characters to narrate the play is a very effective method of providing information to audience. He is likely to get more attention because the audience is familiar with the person. In 'A view from the Bridge' Miller uses a lawyer to narrate the play, which I think works really well because he used someone who is very intelligent and respected. Similarly a positive character could be used in this play to talk to audience. I chose Reverend John Hale, from this play to read the aside in act one, as the audience will be more familiar with the character when he comes later on in the act and introduces himself. Miller is interested in people who do not allow them to be caught up in hysteria but think for themselves and stand up for their believes against all odds. ...read more.


Therefore while he is standing motionless on the stage and reading the asides where the stage is dark and a spotlight on the character and deep voice with no background music. The shining of bright light on Hale while the stage is all black will give him almost a god like image. It's only him talking and, there is no other option but listen to him. The pause in music will make the audience concentrate on the aside by having nothing else but John to listen to. His voice should have extra bass added to it. Radio experiments show that if the voice of presenters have bass then the listeners are more likely to remember what they listen to. The stage is all difficult to obscure and there is only one glow in the theatre approaching from John Hale while he states about Parris in his deep tone "his house stood in a "town" - but we would hardly call it a village today." The best way to perform asides in this play is to have a character from the play narrate the asides while full attention is given to him. The most suitable character would be Hale because the way he thinks about matters and his intelligence make him exceptional. 'THE CRUCIBLE' (Drama) By Prabu Singh 10EW 1 ...read more.

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