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The Crucible: Elizabeth's Role
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.
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?
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