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The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

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The Crucible Arthur Miller Danielle Winfield Candidate number: 8405 For my GCSE drama coursework we have studied the crucible by Arthur Miller. In the play Miller displays how easily people can be fooled by the innocence of youth. He also exposes the gullibility of common people, even people such as Danforth and Hathorne, who play the role of the "wise" judges. A single girl, Abigail, causes the downfall of the whole society. Abigail scares the younger part of the society into submission. The people, who must decide the fate of the rest of the society, see only her innocence and truthfulness. Abigail seeks the affection of John Proctor, a farmer who is respected and feared by most of the townspeople. Proctor makes a foolish mistake when he has an affair with Abigail, later on he regrets having this affair, and he wants Abigail to forget that it ever happened. Abigail does not want to let him go, she wants him to decide between his wife, Elizabeth Proctor or her, Abigail. ...read more.

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In the play I played the part of Mrs Putnam she was a bitter and twisted woman of 45 whom had lost 7 of her 8 children and Ruth the one child she had left, who in the play was one of the many who conjured spirits, was cast under a power of darkness and was feared to be dying. I had a female role and thought having this role was considerably harder than having a female role because to play a male role you would just need to play a person of the opposite gender whereas to play a woman you had to act completely different as they were treated entirely different to nowadays, for example they had to wear long dresses and bonnets as it was thought to be sexual to show a bit of ankle or hair although nowadays girls wear next to nothing. I feel my group did very well and that all of us pulled our weight and learnt our lines, it was also quite hard as the play is written in ...read more.

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Page 2 Danielle Winfield I felt that doing the Crucible in drama helped me in English as we were also doing this, which gave me a head start because I had already read the whole play. For the last part of our written coursework we have been asked to evaluate the other groups production. I think that the other group did well and enjoyed what they were doing but they also found it difficult to understand at first just like the rest of us. They had a few arguments between themselves as well about learning lines and stage directions; they to had to have a character swap as they chose the same part of the play as us although they chose to character swap with Abigail, they done this well and performed really strongly although some were stronger than others. The Crucible is quite a hard play to understand when it is read the first time and took me a while to grasp all the factors brought about in this play, although this was a major problem at first I easily overcame it by reading it over. Page 3 Danielle Winfield ...read more.

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