Essay Differences Between The Crucible Play And Movie

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Movies and books or plays have always gone neck and neck, whether which one was better. Sometimes the difference between a movie and its play counterpart are small and barely noticeable, but sometimes are huge and very noticeable. In this instance, the movie counterpart of The Crucible does a better job at portraying the characters than the play. The characters in the movie shows more emotions and intensity. The emotions and personalities of the characters opens a bigger window for a connection between the characters and the audience. The way the actors acted and portrayed the characters helps us understand the characters more in the film than in the play. The movie and the play both excel each other in their own categories but the movie triumphs …show more content…
In the movie, Daniel Day-Lewis played the role of John Proctor with great intensity. In the play, John Proctor was a stern man, who was straight business, and with anger, but in the movie he had been portrayed as calm, logical, and with anger but shows a lot of care for his mistake and sought out redemption. An example of this would be in the part where the judges asked him for his confession on written paper but refused and shouted, “It is my name!”. Reading this in the novel, this can be inferred that he is angry. As to the movie, he shouts this line with anger, along with sadness and desperation as he cries and his voice changes tone with sorrow. This scene was amazingly well acted and could have played a huge role for the reason he was nominated for the New York Film Critics Circle(NYFCC) Best Actor Award back in …show more content…
Seeing the character’s actions or body languages could give us an idea of what they are meant for in the plot. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment said, “It’s Joan Allen who carries the weight of the film’s sorrow, eyes glistening with woe as she delivers the heartbreaking confession to her husband that she kept a “cold house”. It’s a moment to give you the shivers, because it reveals Elizabeth Proctor as the original sinner of Salem - a woman so moral she creates a devil out of wishing him a way.” Referencing that how Elizabeth Proctor was characterized and portrayed along with her visual body language, helped come up with this idea. On the other hand, the play has done a better job at describing the characters. While introducing the characters, the play did a splendid job at giving us an amazing description and a well detailed background of each character with the biography paragraphs that the play provided. However, the descriptions offered does not necessarily give us information about their personality. The personality of a character is important to the audience because the personality of a character is a dependent variable of the audience in reference if the audience likes that character or not. Therefore, the play does a brilliant job at describing the characters, their backgrounds, and history, but the movie offered us more of the character’s personality than that of the

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