The Crucible: Movie Analysis

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A story is a written work used to entertain, provide knowledge and understanding, and to captivate an audience. In today’s society, several movies are based off of novels. The reader expects the movie and the book to be replicas, but that rarely happens. Most of the time, movies have different locations within the setting, while adding in scenes and characters to a story line to further tell the story. Due to this, the exposure of vivid details allows the audience to receive more knowledge from the work. In The Crucible by Authur Miller, Miller takes his written word and creates an informational film while freely using different locations as well as historical context. As a result, the viewers receive a greater understanding of the overall…show more content…
A major difference between the two that is obvious from the beginning is location. The book contains four key scenes or locations. The scenes are: upstairs in Reverend Parris’ house, downstairs in John Proctor’s house, the meeting house, and the jail house. Although the book contains multiple locations in the scenes, the reader is still restricted in learning what is fully happening in the town of Salem. They are not exposed to details about Salem and exactly what kind of town it is. In the movie however, Miller is able to use the freedoms of screenplay to provide more details for the reader. The different locations in the movie include: the meeting house, Reverend Parris’ house, John Proctor’s house, the forest, the jail, and the outside areas in the village of Salem. Because of the differences in location, many scenes in the movie contain more descriptive detail than the book. An example is the girls dancing in the forest. In the movie, the audience sees the girls dancing and Tibitua practicing “witch-craft” , while in the book it is merely mentioned. The audience not only learns about what happened in this small, politically corrupt village, but are shown it as well. They see every little detail from a characters reaction to the type of buildings in the specific time period. The locations and setting within a written work are the seeds in which the flower blooms as the story
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