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Abigail Williams is the vehicle that drives 'The Crucible'. This clip explores why this should be, through an examination of her relationship with other characters, specifically Elizabeth and John Proctor. Arthur Miller and actors Ruth Gemmell and Finbar Lynch discuss the impact Abigail's motivation has on Elizabeth. Lynch uses hot-seating to exemplify how he feels as John Proctor, knowing he has committed adultery with Abigail and how this must affect his marriage.
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28 January 2003

Classroom Ideas

After watching the clip, students could be asked to place Abigail on a continuum, with 'like' and 'dislike' at each end of the continuum. Then, using the methodology of 'hot seating', students can explore their interpretation of Abigail's character and her relationship with others. This can then be extended out to the other key characters. Where would she be placed on the continuum after this activity?

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