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If you were acting in a Production of “The Crucible,” Which character would you choose to play and why?

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If you were acting in a Production of "The Crucible," Which character would you choose to play and why? If I were acting in a production of the Crucible, I would choose to play John Proctor, a wealthy farmer. This is because the play evolves around his life. I also like Giles Corey because of his honesty and the way that he was persecuted for his honourable beliefs. One thing that makes Proctor such a good man is the way that he discovers his true inner-self at the end but still chooses to be hanged rather than to live a life of lower value. He is honest with himself and others; he would rather live honourably than to live a life of dishonour, he knows his own faults. At the start of the play he is uneasy with his betrayal to his wife and tries to justify himself by feeling that she is, "cold". At the end of the play he has gained integrity and he loves Elizabeth more than ever, this is based on his honesty. On the surface he has strong principles but right from the start we know that he had an affair with a much younger girl called Abigail. He tells his wife about the affair so this shows that he is more than sorry about it. ...read more.

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This is to give the audience a feel for the time, an understanding and realisation of when the play was set. Also the accent would come naturally to the actor when you read the script because of the way that Miller has written the play. The script is written in colloquial language and semi-imposes an accent due to the double negatives and the dialect. The accent is like the British ones of the time. The modern audience would find Proctor's real life affair with Abigail awful not only because he committed adultery but also because he did it with a twelve-year-old girl. Because times have changed, Miller made Abigail older to fit in with now, but still young enough for us to be shocked. We are to see it on parallel lines as, still quite shocking. He had the affair with Abigail due to lust, which was driven by Elizabeth's ill health and "coldness". The extract that I have chosen is from page 110. It shows us Proctor's strength of character. Proctor is utterly confused as to whether he should give a false confession or to deny the accusation and be hung. He wants to take Elizabeth's sins with him but she doesn't let him. He feels great guilt for his actions and Elizabeth's sorrows. "I would have your forgiveness, Elizabeth"(P.109) We can tell from this quotation that Proctor desperately wants Elizabeth to forgive him, for his adultery and sins. ...read more.

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Hale, I believe is a good man and dislikes the stern hand that Danforth administrates so he wants Proctor to confess because he realises his innocence. I think that Hale believed Proctor from the onset but couldn't say anything because he had already let good people die on what he now believed to be incorrect evidence. He was the only one who wanted to stop the hanging of Proctor and the others. Parris tells Danforth how he, "Has returned to bring Rebecca Nurse to God." This shows Hale's contempt with the court and his belief that they are innocent. The other judges could not allow themselves to be seen as having condemned twelve innocent people so they had to go on and show no signs of weakness. Proctor's last words are very moving in his final evaluation of himself. He exclaims, "I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs." (P.116) He shows his hate and anger at the court by calling them, "such dogs". He finally expresses his disdain at them and bows out grandly and "erectly", as I would have imagined him to do so. For the whole of the play he has been thinking about his guilty conscience and what a bad man he is but he eventually realises at the end of his life that he is not a bad man, but indeed a good honourable man. Luke Roberts 10S Page 1 ...read more.

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