The play versus the movie: “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller
Include the following elements in your compare/contrast analysis:
- In the opening paragraph state the title, and BRIEFLY summarize the plot of the story. Describe how you truly feel about the story. What is your honest reaction to the play versus the movie? Did you like/dislike either? Was either confusing? Exciting? Suspenseful? Boring? State a thesis which clearly states whether you feel the movie and the play were mostly similar, mostly different or the same.
the next three paragraphs we will be using a point-by-point
compare/contrast format. You will use one paragraph each to analyze (compare/contrast) the
following topics: the characters,
characterizations, and dialog of
the play versus the movie, the overall literary plot and sequence of the
play versus the movie, and the dramatic aspects such as scenes, layout,
blocking (movement) and other technical aspects of the play version versus
the film. Please use examples from the play and the
movie to support your analysis.
Character – This literary aspect pertains to the dialogue and characters. Believable characters? Good dialogue? Did the main character change throughout? What aspects were the same and which ones were different? Did the differences or changes enhance or degrade the story? Why? Use specific examples from the play and movie to support your analysis.
Literary – Were the plot sequences (the timeline order) of the play and movie the same? How were they different? What plot aspects from the play were deleted from the film? What additional plot action and/or dialog were added to the film version? Did this have a positive or negative affect on the production? Use specific examples from the play and movie to support your analysis.
Dramatic – Dramatic aspects pertain to the sets, locations, movement, transitions, and other technical parts of the play versus the movie. Were the sets or locations more interesting or believable in the play or movie? Did it matter? Were the movie sets consistent with the play? Did the cinematic aspects (camera angles, composition, lighting, music and sound effects) enhance or degrade the play? Did the music match the film? Use specific examples from the play and movie to support your analysis.
- In the conclusion paragraph, restate your thesis and end with a closing comment about the historical accuracy of the overall story.