Essay about The Crucible By Nicholas Hytner

1841 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 8 Pages
The scene is dark, the only light shown is from a fire and the last breath of the sun as it kisses the earth goodnight. There are girls surrounding the fire with gifts in hand to cast a spell on those their heart’s desire. This is only the beginning of Arthur Miller’s 1996 film The Crucible, directed by Nicholas Hytner. While though this part of history is mostly known for the film version, it actually started as a play written by Arthur Miller in the 1950s. The movie is meant as reminder of the horrific 1692 Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts. This film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor, Winona Ryder as Abigail Williams, Paul Scofield as Judge Thomas Danforth and Joan Allen as Elizabeth Proctor, in an attempt to show the events leading up to and through the Salem Witch Trials. The film was nominated for one award, Joan Allen was nominated for Best supporting actress (Oscars).
The Crucible begins with Abigail (Winona Ryder) taking the hand of the young girl Betty in the middle of the night to join the other girls in the community. As they run through the woods giggling and laughing they appear before a fire with symbols drawn around it. Tituba, a Barbados slave, was waiting for them as they circled the fire. Each of the girls had an offering for Tituba, a token for which she would enchant to make the person the owner’s heart desired to fall in love with them. Reverend Parris (Betty’s father and Abigail’s uncle) discovers the group of girls dancing naked in the…

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