The Crucible Compare And Contrast Essay

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The Crucible can be seen from many different perspectives. There can be much debate over who is right and who is wrong according to morals and values. The differences between the movie and the play, although subtle, affect the way the work is viewed as a whole. In The Crucible, the chronological ordering in which the movie, directed by Nicholes Hytner, and the play, written by Arthur Miller, is set up affects the way things are viewed from not only each character’s point of view, but as well as the audience’s; helping to prove that even if you carve two different paths you will still end up at the same destination.
In both the play and the movie there are many differences which affect the way the characters are portrayed. In the play by Arthur Miller, the girls dancing in the forest is just a mere flashback they refer to while they talk about Betty Parris: “And what shall I say to them? That my daughter and my niece I discovered dancing like heathen in the forest?” (Miller 10). However, in the movie we see it actually happen in the beginning. The girls dancing in the forest is the foundation of the whole story, the reason why the witchcraft trials take place in the first place.
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The movie, in my eyes, made The Crucible more understandable, allowing for the reader to comprehend more. The play allows for the readers to connect with the characters more, by acting out the role. Overall I believe the movie of The Crucible does more justice in helping the audience get a better grasp on the storyline by allowing the reader to apprehend the tone, mood, and tension between the characters. The chronological ordering of both the play and the movie adds to both works in their own way, enhancing certain parts of the story, but at times creating a bias situation. Although the play and the movie are slightly different they both end the same way proving that two paths stop at the same

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