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Arthur Millers The Crucible as well as its film adaptation by Nicholas Hynter is an enthralling story with a universally relatable theme Set in the colonial town of Salem Massachusetts the story revolves around John Proctor and Abigail Williams who were previously engaged in an affair After a turn of events leads her to be seen as a victim of witchcraft Abigail uses her new position as an innocent young girl to plunge the town into hysteria with wild accusations in an effort to claim John Proctor as her paramour Things dont work out in Abigails favor as she is forced to flee the town and John is executed along with nineteen other witches Although Arthur Millers production is the original work the film surpasses the play with the addition of strategic emotional scenes passionate performances and extraordinary attention to detail in order to bring to life the Salem witch trials of 1692 in a way that words cannotThe film adaption of The Crucible stayed true to the original in many ways In both the film and the play Act I ends with Tituba Abigail and Betty calling out accusations Its good that Hynter decided to keep this scene as it sets the foundation for the rest of the story to build on In addition to the first accusations in Act II Mary Warren gives Elizabeth Proctor a poppet in both the film and the play This is another important similarity as the poppet sends Elizabeth to jail and heightens the intensity of the story with a main characters wife becoming accused The crying out from Abigail and the girls about an imaginary yellow bird in the courtroom in Act III are almost exactly the same in the play and film however Hynter should have added more dramatic effect than the play with the advantages of the visual effects and the emotions of the actors
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