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Respond with knowledge and understanding to the crucible by Arthur miller and vinegar tom by caryl Churchill

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Respond with knowledge and understanding to the crucible by Arthur miller and vinegar tom by caryl Churchill. Looking closely at the drama from a performance perspective and to explore relationships and comparisons between texts and dramatic styles of different periods and cultures to show an awareness of their social context and genre. The plays; "the crucible" and "Vinegar tom" are both about the witch trials in the 16th And 17th century. They both showed the European history of witchcraft, and why it became such a problem and how it was dealt with and how the people of Salem were affected by witchcraft. Vinegar tom was written by Caryl Churchill in 1976, the play focuses on witch hunt in the 17th century. Vinegar tom is more of a comedy to the crucible as it is more of a drama play. ...read more.


Proctor and his wife Elizabeth bring forward the idea of love and fear as when Proctor is about to sign his name to confess they have a little heart to heart and bring romance into the play, and they fear that they would loose each other. Proctor and Abigail also bring Fear and romance into the story for Abigail's love for proctor scares him because he does not love her because he loves his wife more. He fears that his affair with Abigail will be made public. Fear occurs in all the people in Salem too not only these characters because the hysteria from the girls makes a tense Atmosphere for everyone in the village. Fear of being accused makes people accused others for the slightest thing the theme of vengeance gives the play motivation for the villagers in Salem, it is represented as great power "John proctor: vengeance is walking Salem". ...read more.


The crucible and Vinegar tom have a similar scene where in "the crucible" Mary warren is being accused in the courtroom and the bird is supposed to be flying down on to the girls and in "vinegar tom" jack is asking Alice to "Give it him". Both these scenes are similar in the way that jack is making out that Alice is a witch by saying "give it me" and then Alice says "There its back" Then Susan says to Alice "What are you doing?" This scene is similar to in "the crucible" when Abigail and the girls are making out that Mary is a witch by making it look as if she is getting a bird which is supposed 2 be represented at her soul, to come and get the girls. In these two scenes Alice and Mary warren are similar characters as they are both being portrayed as witches and Abigail and jack are similar as they re making them look like witches. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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