Presentation on theme: "from The Crucible Introducing the Drama"— Presentation transcript:
1 from The Crucible Introducing the Drama Drama by Arthur MillerIntroducing the DramawithLiterary Analysis: Conventions of DramaReading Skill: Draw Conclusions About CharactersVocabulary in ContextVIDEO TRAILER
2 INTRODUCING THE DRAMAWhat fuels a MOB?Visualize a mob of people rampaging through the streets, whipped into a frenzy by hysteria.The fear, anger, and panic produced by hysteria can make otherwise reasonable people do irrational things.
3 INTRODUCING THE DRAMAWhat fuels a MOB?In The Crucible, for example, the hysteria created by the Salem witch trials makes neighbor turn against neighbor.
4 INTRODUCING THE DRAMAWhat fuels a MOB?DISCUSSWhat makes people act as a mob? What are some of the results of mob action?Think about news reports or historical accounts of mobs that you’ve come across.In a small group, discuss what caused these mobs to form and how they behaved.Mob marching, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1959
5 Click on the title to play the trailer. from The Crucible
6 Conventions of DramaDrama is literature in play form. It is meant to be performed and seen.However, an understanding of dramatic conventions can help you picture the performance when you read a script.
7 Conventions of DramaAs you read The Crucible, be aware of these drama conventions:Stage directions, which Miller uses not only to describe settings and characters but also to provide historical background in the form of expository mini-essaysDialogue, the lifeblood of drama, which moves the plot forward and reveals character traits
8 Conventions of DramaTypes of characters—heroes, villains, and foils—which Miller uses to heighten the tension of his dramaPlot, which is driven by conflict that builds throughout each act
9 Draw Conclusions About Characters Characters in drama reveal their personality traits through their words and actions.The descriptions in the stage directions can also provide insight into these characters.
10 Draw Conclusions About Characters As you read The Crucible, draw conclusions about the play’s main characters. Record important traits and the evidence that reveals these traits in a chart like the one shown. Be sure to add characters to the chart as you encounter them.Abigail WilliamsJohn ProctorReverend John HaleTraitsproudassertiveEvidenceMotivationresentmentpride
11 Describe character traits adamantanarchycontentiouscorroboratedeferenceimmaculateimperceptibleiniquitysubservientArthur Miller uses the vocabulary words in the box on the right to help convey the atmosphere of the Salem witch trials. Place them in the following categories: words that describe character traits, words that describe actions, and words that are concepts.Describe character traitsDescribe actionsAre concepts
12 adamant adj. immovable, especially in opposing something anarchy n. condition of lawlessness and disorder, often due to lack of governmental authoritycontentious adj. quarrelsomecorroborate v. to support with evidencedeference n. respect and honor due to a superior or elderimmaculate adj. without stain; pure
13 imperceptible adj. extremely slight; barely noticeable iniquity n. wickednesssubservient adj. acting like a servant