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Imagine you are going to be directing this scene from The Crucible by Arthur miller. Explore how you would convey the final scene to an audience.

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Imagine you are going to be directing this scene from the crucible by Arthur miller. Explore how you would convey this scene to an audience. In 1996 Miller wrote an essay for the New Yorker 'why I wrote the crucible' in it he asserted "John Proctor the sinner might overturn his paralysing personal guilt and become the most forthright voice against the madness around him was a reassurance to me, and, I suppose, an inspiration: it demonstrated that a clear moral outcry could still spring even from an ambiguously unblemished soul." Reading this article the final scene of John Proctor's final struggle with life seemed to be one of the most pivotal scenes in the whole play. In this final scene Miller managed to turn the adulterous man into a heroic martyr. A man who dies in the name of all of the Salem sins. More importantly, it is here that Miller makes his final comment; that appearances and images are illusions that cover the essence of the human heart. ...read more.

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He is not dying a fair death but a tormented one; it's like murder of the first degree. I have to make the audience see the part hysteria plays in tearing apart a community. Hysteria supplants logic and enables people to believe that their neighbours, whom they have always considered upstanding people, are committing absurd and unbelievable crimes like communing with the devil, killing babies, and so on. I want Proctor to appear as a Christ figure, he can save himself but he chooses to die which brings out the goodness in him. I want the setting of the stage near the end to appear sacred and holy; I will have no actual stage lighting, dim and dark or simply candle light. Salem community is a religious community where everyone pretends to be good, where as long as you go to church all the time then you must be good and nothing else matters; Real-good ness in a sense doesn't seem to matter. Pretence matters, superficial things matter, not the true heart of a human being. ...read more.

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And then while she is speaking she should raise his hands so that they are in the shape of Jesus on the cross. Costumes are a very important part as well; I will have them dressed as good puritans dress, covered hair, long skirts and dull colours with dull expressions. I will have the men dressed with their priest outfits but not proctor, he will be dressed normally (Brown Pants and Brown long sleeve shirt) to show that he is different. In the end these people are dying for an illusion, for something that never happened, for something in the minds of those people around us. While written years ago my staging of the Crucible will hopefully bring to the 21st century stage and a 21st century audience a message much needed to be heard much needed to be confronted. About the sins of man and society, sin of obsession with material right and wrong. And the goodness in humanity and that goodness in humanity is the only hope for a saviour. Maybe with Proctor's sacrificing himself on the stage the audience will go out and hope to have a new start a good start. Ali Aamer 10E ...read more.

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