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This essay will be focussed on comparing two scenes from two different plays, the main characters and their personalities, and how their culture affects them.The two plays in question are Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and "Blackrock" by Nick Enright.

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Drama Coursework Comparing 2 Scenes This essay will be focussed on comparing two scenes from two different plays, the main characters and their personalities, and how their culture affects them. The two plays in question are Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and "Blackrock" by Nick Enright. Arthur Miller was an American playwright who was born in 1915. He grew up in New York to a Jewish family. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1938 where he began to distinguish himself as a playwright. His play "The Crucible" was written in 1953 and later adapted to a film starring Daniel Day Lewis and Winnona Rider in 1996. "The Crucible" inspired by the Salem Witch Trials. A group of innocent girls are caught dancing and chanting in the forest around a fire. (Puritan England where all forms of dancing and enjoyment would be strictly forbidden) To save themselves from being punished, they cry witchcraft and within days the whole town goes mad searching for the presence of the 'Devil' and his witches. The few honest and true people who do not lie to save themselves from hanging are coldly murdered, including John Proctor the main male role. Nick Enright was born in Maitland in New South Wales. He started his career in the theatre as a teenager and wrote Blackrock in 19 and later on in 1997 was adapted to a film. ...read more.

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A small one he could have lived with, but the fact that a large written lie in plain view of everyone was required, is unthinkable. If his written confession were to appear on the Church door, he would be betraying all those who have refused to confess. There would be no honour in this and he would end up a broken man with no name. Elizabeth supports Proctor despite her sorrows. Scene 21 of "Blackrock" sees Jared, Ricko and Tiffany on the beach. Jared gets some waves in before night, Ricko arrives in his van and pulls up, and he is drinking. Ricko inquires about Jared's visit to the cops to tell them where Ricko was the night of the murder. Ricko seems to be slightly drunk, talks vigorously, both swear frequently. Tiffany arrives with doughnuts; neither boy's are impressed. She is angry with Ricko for trashing her work place. She hands him his surfing trophy resentfully. They continue to talk and Ricko offends Tiffany and implies she is a whore. When Tiffany refuses to do what Ricko says Jared has o hold Ricko down and they start to fight. Jared then pathetically tries to persuade Ricko to confess and tell the truth. "I'll take over now. You got to tell them the truth." They argue about keys to the van. ...read more.

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Who are naturally curious and inquisitive. Women are also looked upon as the inferior sex. Not worth much, and never allowed to a mans job. "Blackrock" on the contrary, looks at Australian surf culture. Where your friends are absolutely everything to you. Loyalty to your mates gets to the point of life and death. Many teenagers in this time and culture were often drug and drink abusers who were more concerned with surfing then anything else. Having a girlfriend was again fairly important but not for a relationship more for pleasure reasons. Women were seen as 'whores', they had to do what heir boyfriends told them to do and if they didn't, off they go. The main similarity between the two cultures is the role of women. Both cultures see woman and inferior and lesser then the male figures. Differences being the language used at the times. No swearing would be permitted at the Puritan time because it was seen again as a sin. Whereas every second word from teenagers at this time was more then likely to be some sort of derogative comment about one thing or another. Both plays mainly revolve around the central character, who in turn eventually comes to a realisation about what is right and truthful, and what is the honorable thing to do when faced with a life and death situation. Farah Muman 11L Ms. Mickelborough ...read more.

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