"The Crucible": book / movie -- compare and contrast

Essay by Qt_CassyUniversity, Master'sA-, May 2006

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Today, many novels, and plays are being transformed into movies. Movies such as "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings" not only brought millions of dollars to the box office, but also helped the audience see how the director changed the novel/play into his own movie. Director Gary Sinse transformed The Crucible, written by Arther Miller into a movie a couple years ago. The Crucible was a play where a group of young girls accused innocent people of being witches. After being caught for dancing in the woods, the group of girls lied about bringing out the devil, and accused innocent men and women for doing witchcraft on them. Obviously producing a play is much different then producing a movie, because plays are much more limited. For instance in a play the reader must read the play, and might not see how the characters emotions change. To make the crucible into a motion picture director Gary Sinse had to interrupt the play as well as Miller's own in his dramaturgical agenda.

The crucible the play and the crucible the movie share many things in common as well as many differences. Gary Sinse changed many different aspects in his movie. In the play the crucibles opening scene was in the Betty's bedroom where Betty was in a coma state on her bed. In the movie the opening scene was in the woods where all the girls where dancing. Sinse changed the opening from Miller's to show the audience why Betty was trying to act like she was in a real coma. Betty was trying to do this, because she did not want to be whipped by her father, who had caught her and her friends dancing in the woods. The girls made up a lie, which was someone had done...