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The Crucible Response

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The Crucible Response Map of the Play The play opens with the girls of the village dancing in the forest whilst Tituba performs a ritual to help get the girls the husbands that they want. Abi drinks chicken blood. The other girls scream and Abi's uncle, Reverend Parris, bursts out of the bushes. The girls run away and his daughter Betty collapses. Reverend Parris prays at Betty's bedside and calls for Reverend Hale, an expert on witchcraft, when she still hasn't woken the next day. The Reverend interrogates Abi, who blames Tituba. Tituba eventually bows into pressure and admits to witchcraft. Betty wakes up and along with Tituba and Abi, accuses the other girls of the village of witchcraft. John Proctor ends his affair with Abi (who swears revenge) and then frames Goody Proctor who is arrested and taken to jail. Farmer Giles Corey is tried by the girls for witchcraft when their ulterior motive is to steal his land. John Proctor attempts to get Mary Warren to prove Goody Proctor's innocence but Abi and the girls bully her into lying for them again. ...read more.


It shows that Abigail was truly just acting and was falsely accusing the people of the village. The fifth and final scene that we chose was the last scene of the play in which the play's main protagonist, John Proctor, and his wife are hung. The small group freeze frames helped us to gain a greater understanding of the play as we understood what the key moments of the play were and why. We were then given 5 scenes to create a freeze frame of in a large group. We then had to decide on one line that our character might be thinking at that point in the play, a way of thought tracking our own character. The first scene we put into a freeze frame was the ceremony in the woods. We had a time limit in which to create the freeze frame and initially we didn't work well as a group, struggling to get everyone's points across. I took the role of one of the women performing the ritual and chose my thought track as "I finally feel free from the tight grips of men and the constraints of Christianity." ...read more.


The next task involved looking at Forum theatre and how the concept (created by Augusto Boal) could further our understanding of the play. To begin with, our teacher created a short piece of drama and selected a group of students to act it out. After the first time through, they were asked to do it again but this time actors and characters would be added and/or swapped and random intervals decided by the teacher. At first the forum theatre worked with the story evolving with each addition of a character but towards the end of the forum theatre, the story began to collapse. I believe this to be down to the fact that too many characters were added. It forced people to talk over each other and eventually shout as they weren't being heard by the audience. Overall I don't believe in our case that the forum theatre helped with our understanding of The Crucible but had so many characters not been added, it would have. To conclude, I believe the explorative strategies we used helped to deepen our understanding of The Crucible and the playwright's intentions. Furthering our understanding of the characters thoughts and emotions and why Arthur Miller wrote the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Kimish ...read more.

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