Point by Point Comparison
In 1953, author Arthur Miller released his newest play, “The Crucible.” Set in Salem, Massachusetts during the 1692 Salem Witch trials, Miller’s play connects the effects of perjury in Puritan Massachusetts to Communist fearing America in the 1950s, a severe crucible for both Puritans and Americans alike. In 1996, a film version of Arthur Miller’s play was released, starring Daniel Day Lewis as John Proctor, Winona Ryder as Abigail Williams, and Joan Allen as Elizabeth Proctor. The release of the film not only further enhanced the original storyline with added suspense and drama, but also enabled the reader to more clearly comprehend the storyline. When comparing and contrasting “The Crucible”, it can be inferred that both the play and film alike share similarities yet contain contrasting differences that set the two apart.
When comparing “The Crucible” film to the original play, the film does a better job at presenting the storyline so that it can be easily understood by the viewer. This starts at the opening of the film, with the addition of the woods scene involving the girls. The addition of this scene allows viewers to more clearly comprehend what Abigail and the girls are afraid of being accused of, and gives a better introduction to the storyline than in the play. Throughout the film, there is also a greater number of settings used than in the play. The addition of settings such as the lake during the scene where the girls run into the river make the film more interesting and at times further enhance the suspense and drama within the storyline, such as the jail cell used in the farewell between Abigail and John Proctor. The modification made to the ending of the film also shed light on how gruesome and tragic the ending of “The Crucible” is. These changes in the film make the plot more comprehendible to the viewer, and overall make the film more realistic to the viewer than the play does for the reader.
One of the strongest storylines in “The Crucible” is the relationship between protagonist John Proctor and antagonist Abigail Williams. In the film, the relationship between John and Abigail is augmented to show the heavy tension and emotions between the two compared to the original play. One of the best scenes that displays the heavy, and at times heated, tension between the two is the addition of the meeting of Abigail and John in the woods. The addition of this scene exposes how strong Abigail’s feelings...