The Analysis and Performance of the Role of Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's Play, "The Crucible"

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drama, performance, character development, Arthur Miller, playwriting, Puritan society


Acting | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Performance Studies | Playwriting | Theatre and Performance Studies | United States History


This paper is only part of my honors thesis. The rehearsal and performance of the role of Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, make up the remaining portion of it.

This paper is a collection of articles concerning the research and study I felt was necessary to perform the role of Abigail Williams realistically. The chapters concerning the Puritans and witchcraft are by no mean s in-depth recounts of history. They are merely sketches of the basic feeling of the period and of the people dramatized in The Crucible. The chapter on Arthur Miller was included to give the reader a background of Miller's life and his reasons for writing The Crucible.

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how helpful and necessary my research and study of the Puritans, the trials, the author, and, most of all, the script were for the creation of a believable character onstage.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Theatre Arts

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