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The Crucible: Abigail's Role
Abigail Williams is the vehicle that drives 'The Crucible'. Exploring 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.
Prior to activity outlined below, ask students 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 in role 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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