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CLIP 2518

The Crucible: Elizabeth's Role

The Crucible: Elizabeth's Role
Key Info
  • The Crucible: Elizabeth's Role
  • Duration: 02:46
  • The complexity of Elizabeth as a character is introduced by Arthur Miller, who says she is deeply religious and highly principled. This is exemplified further by the actress Ruth Gemmell. She explores Elizabeth's role as a housewife, which is exemplified by a clip from the 1980 BBC Broadcast Archive. Elizabeth's perjury as she stands by her husband in court is then explored by actor Finbar Lynch.
  • Subject:



    Drama: Post 1900

  • Keywords: charcterisation, motivation,relationship, religion, trust, forgiveness, perjury, drama, theatre, Arthur Miller, The Crucible
Ideas for use in class
  • Use this clip to introduce the concept of the trial to students. There is the clip of the trial, but to what extent is the relationship between John and Elizabeth also a trial? What elements of their relationship are under trial e.g. trust, forgiveness?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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