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Part 1: Lord Of The Flies Vs The Crusible

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Part 1: Lord of the FliesCompare and contrast the characters you played in Lord of the Flies with the roles of the girls in Act 3 of The Crucible. You must refer to your performance of your role; you must quote specific moments /lines from both plays where relevant.The Era they are set in, and the way we used movementIn Lord of the Flies our group played the characters as twenty-first century girls, whereas in the Crucible the girls lived in the seventeenth century. This means that expectations regarding their behavior would be very different.For example, all the characters in Lord of the Flies are able to have their opinions, even Piggy the scapegoat gets a say; 'I'll go to them and say I want my glasses back'. At one point the girls decide to create a fire dance, our group used movements and sounds which were very open and expressive; leaping off tables, stomping and shouting. This reflects the modern day attitude that children should express their emotions and opinions. In the Crucible though, the girls' troubles started because they expressed themselves dancing naked in the woods. Then to avoid trouble they said that they had been possessed by the devil thus making them not responsible.This shows the two extremes; on the one hand a seventeenth century society where girls' behavior was repressed, on the other hand the twenty first-century girl were able to express themselves in whatever way they wanted. This is partly because the expected behavior of girls in the twenty-first century was very free compared to the seventeenth century. The girls in Lord of the Flies could make up their own rules whereas in The Crucible the girls had to abide by the rules set by their seventeenth century society.Group dynamics (themes)However, despite the plays taking place in different centuries, the themes of the plays, in particular those of truth, lies and events spiraling out of control are common in both. How the two groups of girls interact with other group members show strong similarities in that each person has a place within the dynamics of the group, and each individual's behavior reflects their position within the group and vice versa.For example Jackie (In Lord of the Flies) is very similar to Abigail (In the crucible), in that both try to be group leaders. Jackie is able to act how she likes, because they are creating their own society. This means that she can be more open in the way she achieves her status. Her main methods are being sarcastic, nasty and putting others down in front of the rest of the group. On the other hand, Abigail has to be very manipulative and devious to gain the status that she craves.I think that Rebecca (Lord of the Flies) carries similar qualities to Mary (The Crucible) for they both want to do what's right and will stand up for what they believe in. Mary is living in a strict society, making it difficult for a young girl to stand out against her peers (especially the clever and manipulative Abigail). This means that in...

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