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In rehearsing and performing an extract from Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible’ what messages did you attempt to convey to the audience and how did you set out about doing so?

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In rehearsing and performing an extract from Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible' what messages did you attempt to convey to the audience and how did you set out about doing so? I and 6 others performed a scene from act 1of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'. The ideas that we tried to convey were that people in Salem were in a panic and some people wanted to solve this problem that they were involved in, but when trying to do so they were making matters worse. Some of the characters lines were sharp and short " My babies blood". This conveys shock and confusion to the audience. Also in this scene there are long dramatic speeches from some characters, " he say Mr Parris must be kill! Mr Parris no godly man, Mr Parris mean man and no gentle man,...............And I look- and there was goody good." When Tituba says this it's almost like she is rambling. The assumptions that we make about Tituba's character is that she is quite educated because of how much she has to say, this could also mean that she is very nervous about the situation also. ...read more.

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First of all Abigail states " She makes me drink blood". So Mrs Putnam just hopes in fear that it isn't her baby's blood, "My babies blood". Then Goody Osbourn is accused of being with the Devil. Goody Osbourn has been midwife for Mrs Putnam 3 times. Mrs Putnam reacts with shock that someone so close to her has been behind peoples back and been with the Devil. When our group was acting out a scene from act 1, we had Betty lying down asleep in the middle of the stage. The effect of this is that everyone keeps on coming back to the plot, which is McCarthyism. With Betty in the middle of the stage nobody forgets why the characters is there, they all want to find out what is going on and who must be punished, this helps the audience understand the play and keeps them involved. With Betty in the middle of the stage it improved our performance because it gave us a centrepiece to work around and kept us in a huddle portraying that we were all in fear. ...read more.

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Mr Parris no goodly man, Mr Parris means man and no gentle man........... And look- and there was Goody Good." When she says this all of this it sound like she is making it up because she is nervous. When we performed the play we wanted to show that it wasn't from our culture but from another one. So we decided in rehearsals if we wanted to convey this we had to put on an accent from that era and part of the world, this worked well. We wanted the audience to feel the fear and the shock of the scene when we performed it. This is because you can't get into the scene if you don't fell both of these, as they are what the scene is about. So if they did feel the fear and the shock they would of understood and enjoyed the scene more than if they didn't feel them. Also we wanted the audience to go away and see what can happen to a small community if something like the Salem witch trials went on and what devastating consequences it can make. ?? ?? ?? ?? Leigh O'Brien ...read more.

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