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The Crucible: Act 3, pages 88-91.

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The Crucible: Act 3, pages 88-91 Danforth is first introduced to us in this section, which has been chosen for us to analyse when Proctor leaps on Abigail violently, to react with this I would jump out of my seat and hammer my first, firmly on a desk in front of me. I would frown and look astonished because this is what the stage directions tell me to do, ' Danforth, astonished.' When I say, ' What are you about,' I would shout it very loudly making sure my voice sounds overpowering, commanding and authoritative I would yell this because the stage direction states, 'cries' and I interpret this as louder than just a shout. When Proctor calls Abigail a whore I would immediately react and point my finger at Proctor, I would frown and look down at Proctor. I would shake my head in complete horror. I must react in a confused and bewildered way because Arthur Miller gave me the impression that Danforth had never experienced with anyone so rude and verbal: 'Man! Man what do you-' When I recite this line I would say the first ' Man' quietly and shout the second ' man' with rage to make it clear who was boss. I would express my absolute rage by Proctors actions by waving my hands sharply; I would do this because Danforth asks a question, ' What do you-' and it seems apparent that Danforth is ...read more.


I would move in my seat just a little but then settle again showing how restless I was. When Abigail shows her confidence towards Danforth by standing up to him I would look shocked and intimidated. I would open my mouth slightly and raise my eyebrows as if to say something but then swallow again and look down, ' Danforth cannot speak'. When Abigail attempts to walk out I would straighten my jacket, clear my throat making a little sound and confidently summon Abigail back into the room, I would say it confidently because it is clear by the language Arthur Miller has used, ' You will remain where you are,' that he meant this line to be commanding and authoritative. After that embarrassing incident where Danforth lost his superiority in the court, he tries to regain it again with Parris. When Parris objects Danforth's commands I would hammer my fist on the desk and show frightening, fiery, meaningful eyes towards Parris, ' sharply to Parris,' Danforth now realises that he has regained power in the court and he tries to put everything into strict order, ' Knock before you come in'. When Danforth says, 'your wife, you say she is a honest women,' I would say it in an un forceful way because Danforth is asking Proctor's side of the story and Danforth is assuming that she is an honest women which is a good thing. ...read more.


When Danforth says, ' Your husband - did he indeed turn from you?' I would look at Abigail, Proctor and Elizabeth, I would say it in a sensitive way to try and make Elizabeth respond truthfully to it. Suddenly the whole atmosphere becomes tense, when Elizabeth says, ' My husband - is a goodly man, sir' it is clear that she is not telling the truth, Danforth realises this so I would raise my voice, Danforth just wants Elizabeth to say yes or no to the situation. Danforth, at this stage would be extremely infuriated and would become out of control, ' reaches out and holds her face.' I would shout the rest of the speech and point my finger sharply very close to her face because every word he says is extremely forceful and commanding,' Answer my question.' When Elizabeth replies, ' faintly' Danforth knows she has fallen into the trap, I would stand up immediate and point towards the door when I say, ' Remove her marshal'. I would shake my head in dismay as I watched Elizabeth lye for he husband, I would say, ' She spoke nothing of lechery, and this man has lied,' in a strong way as it is clear by the way Arthur Miller has written it that Danforth wants this to be the end and that his word is final. I would point again at the door and freeze in my position showing the end of the chapter. ...read more.

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