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$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Carole Mikita, "The Crucible at Pioneer Theatre has connection to Utah native" (2015)
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
You want to take part in a workshop at an International Summer School. At the end of the workshop there will be a performance of scenes fom Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Before the workshop starts, each participant has to hand in an essay recommen­ding aspects of the play the performance should focus on. To help you with your decision you have been given an article which reviews a production of the play.
1.
To prepare your essay, you
  • outline the special inportance of the play for Nourse
  • explain why, according to Morey, The Crucible is a "civics lesson".
  • 2.
    Write your essay justifying your choice of aspects that the performance should focus on. You could for example refer to the following aspects: human behavior, attitudes, emotions, the political message of the play.
    #essay

    Carole, Mikita, "The Crucible at Pioneer Theatre has connection to Utah native" (2015)

    1
    Playwright Arthur Miller based his classic play, The Crucible, on the 1692 early Mas- sachusetts Bay Colony witch-hunt. The play is currently running at the Pioneer Theatre Company at the University of Utah, and one Utah native has strong ties to the infamous event.
    5
    During the witch-hunt 20 men and women were executed, 19 of them were hanged and one was crushed to death.
    Former artistic director Charles Morey returned to direct it, and the last time Morey directed it was 20 years ago when he said, he "fell in love" with Miller's play.
    "It comes out of our own history, out of our own culture. It has a lot to say about who we
    10
    are, both for good, and not to mince words - for evil." Morey said. "lt's one of the great dramatic mountains that one can climb."
    Miller wrote it during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in 1953. during a period in which, many say, a witch-hunt against communists was taking place.
    15
    But Morey sees the journeys of these characters based on real people as the more fascinating aspect.
    "What it says about the American character and where we came from," e said. "We grew out of the Puritan ethic for better or for worse."
    Even though many individuals are familiar with this chapter in American history, some-
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    times people don't seriously consider the descendants of those either accused or executed for witchcraft.
    One of them is a man very familiar to KSL-TV: Dick Nourse. He changed his name fom Nurse to Nourse when he came to work at KSL-TV.
    Rebecca Nurse was his ninth great-grandmother. Nourse traces his family through her
    25
    oldest son, John. "We had an old picture of her house," Nourse said. "And I used to ask my mom to tell me more about it. But my dad never talked about it." Still, he said, he always saw in his father and his father's family characteristics from Francis and Rebecca Nurse, a quiet dignity, a willingness to help others without being asked or taking credit for it.
    30
    He understands through research that when it came to the Nurse family, owners of a beautiful farm in Salem Village, there was jealousy in the community and resentment.
    "I'm sure there was greed and a certain amount of hatred over that," he said. "So, when the panic spread, the first thing you do is blame somebody you don't like. And you can see all of that develop, the more you read about it." […]
    35
    The jury acquitted Rebecca Nurse, but the judge demanded the group find her guilty. She could have saved herself from hanging if she had admitted to witchcraft, but she refused. […]
    "The notion of religious fanaticism and violence resulting from religious fanaticism is, of course, very much in the news today," Morey said. "But (the Salem Witch Trials) are a
    40
    distinctly American blip, which is why we keep going back to them again and again, in terms of our intellectual history, in terms of our cultural history, in terms of our artistic history. […] The Crucible as a civics lesson, and as a dramatic experience, is so richt that every generation should really be exposed to it," said Morey.
    This sense of false accusation, the idea of standing for truth - no matter what - remains
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    with those who have seen the play. Those who were accused and executed were eventually exonerated.
    "We should take another look at the reasons why these sorts of things happen on this earth," Nourse said. "And I guess a lesson from history is learning not to ever do anything like that again."

    10 not to mince words - to say something in a direct way even though it might offend other people
    22 KSL-TV - television station located in Sal Lake City
    40blip - here: constant reminder of an unusual event
    46 exonerated - freed from guilt or blame


    Aus: Carole Mikita, "The Crucible at Pioneer Theatre has connection to Utah native."
    In: KSL News, Feb 21, 2015. © 2015 KSL
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    Part 2: Non-Fiction Text

    $\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
    Carole Mikita, "The Crucible at Pioneer Theatre has connection to Utah native" (2015)
    $\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
    You want to take part in a workshop at an International Summer School. At the end of the workshop there will be a performance of scenes fom Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Before the workshop starts, each participant has to hand in an essay recommen­ding aspects of the play the performance should focus on. To help you with your decision you have been given an article which reviews a production of the play.
    1.
    To prepare your essay, you
  • outline the special inportance of the play for Nourse
  • explain why, according to Morey, The Crucible is a "civics lesson".

  • Deine Aufgabe ist es, die Besonderheit für Dick Nourse darzustellen. Beschränke dich hierbei auf die Hauptpunkte. Es ist wichtig, dass du deine eigene Worte benutzt und schreibe nicht vom Text ab.
    Der zweite Teil der Aufgabe besteht darin, dass du darlegst, warum The Crucible in den Augen Moreys eine solche Bedeutung hat. Gehe außerdem auf den Begriff civic lesson ein. Organisiere deine Argumente bereits im Vorfeld. Auf diese Weise verpasst du deinem Text eine Struktur. Da du einen Essay schreibst, bietet es sich an, dass du deinen Text in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss untergliederst.
    2.
    Write your essay justifying your choice of aspects that the performance should focus on. You could for example refer to the following aspects: human behavior, attitudes, emotions, the political message of the play.

    Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Essay schreiben, in dem du darlegst, welche Szenen am Ende des Workshops deiner Meinung nach inszeniert werden sollten. Hier gibt es kein richtig und falsch. Es geht darum gut zu argumentieren. Die Aufgabenstellung gibt dir bereits vor, auf welche Aspekte du eingehen könntest. Dein Essay sollte einen Titel, eine Einleitung, stichhaltige Argumente und einen Schluss beinhalten.
    Deine Gedanken kannst du im Vorfeld auf einem Notizpapier anordnen damit dein Essay auch die gewünschte Struktur aufweist.
    #essay
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    Part 2: Non-Fiction Text

    $\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
    Carole Mikita, "The Crucible at Pioneer Theatre has connection to Utah native" (2015)
    $\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
    You want to take part in a workshop at an International Summer School. At the end of the workshop there will be a performance of scenes fom Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Before the workshop starts, each participant has to hand in an essay recommen­ding aspects of the play the performance should focus on. To help you with your decision you have been given an article which reviews a production of the play.
    1.
    To prepare your essay, you
  • outline the special inportance of the play for Nourse
  • explain why, according to Morey, The Crucible is a "civics lesson".

  • Tipp
    Deine Aufgabe ist es, die Besonderheit für Dick Nourse darzustellen. Beschränke dich hierbei auf die Hauptpunkte. Es ist wichtig, dass du deine eigene Worte benutzt und schreibe nicht vom Text ab.
    Der zweite Teil der Aufgabe besteht darin, dass du darlegst, warum The Crucible in den Augen Moreys eine solche Bedeutung hat. Gehe außerdem auf den Begriff civic lesson ein. Organisiere deine Argumente bereits im Vorfeld. Auf diese Weise verpasst du deinem Text eine Struktur. Da du einen Essay schreibst, bietet es sich an, dass du deinen Text in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss untergliederst.
    Tipp
    Deine Aufgabe ist es, die Besonderheit für Dick Nourse darzustellen. Beschränke dich hierbei auf die Hauptpunkte. Es ist wichtig, dass du deine eigene Worte benutzt und schreibe nicht vom Text ab.
    Der zweite Teil der Aufgabe besteht darin, dass du darlegst, warum The Crucible in den Augen Moreys eine solche Bedeutung hat. Gehe außerdem auf den Begriff civic lesson ein. Organisiere deine Argumente bereits im Vorfeld. Auf diese Weise verpasst du deinem Text eine Struktur. Da du einen Essay schreibst, bietet es sich an, dass du deinen Text in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss untergliederst.
    Arthur Miller's play The Crucible has become a modern classic over the last few decades. It is a central work in the canon of the American drama. While it is of importance for theater directors and intellectual audiences around the world, it can also have an everlasting effect on the lives of individuals, since the play's characters are based on real persons and the story is based on historical events. This effect is best illustrated by the article "The Crucible at Pioneer Theatre has connection to Utah native" written by KSL journalist Carole Mikita.
    Einleitung
    In her article the journalist reveals that Dick Nourse, an employee of the Salt Lake City-based television station KSL-TV is related to Rebecca Nourse, one of the victims of the Salem witch trials, which took place in the early Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692. Nourse is aware of these connections. Yet his father always refused to talk to him about it.
    Dick is of the opinion that traces of Rebecca and Francis Nurse's behavior can still be found among several members of his family. Dick Nourse wanted to know why human beings were capable of these doings. He claims that jealousy of the successful farmer caused some of the neighbors to blame his ancestors for allegedly supernatural things in Salem. Nourse claims that people should learn from history in order to prevent them from doing the same mistakes over and over again.
    Hauptteil
    Vorfahren von Dick Nourse
    Charles Morey, who is the former artistic director of the Pioneer Theatre Company at the University of Utah, agrees with Dick Nourse that people need to learn from history. This is why, in his eyes, The Crucible is such an important play. He is of the opinion that it is especially the "civics lesson" (Text, line 43) which make the play so fundamental. He is referring to lessons on how government works, on the particular rights and duties of citizens of a partiular nation, and how a society is emerging over time.
    Moreys civics lesson
    The Salem witch-hunt portrays a dark chapter of the early colonial period of what would later become the United States of America. Salem, which is situated in Massachusetts, was the primary location where Puritans from Europe arrived in the New World. They established their own government as well as a judicial system which was very strict due to their religious beliefs. Being very pious, the Puritans started to see inexplicable signs of nature and bad harvests as a religious sign. They saw witches and sorcerers at every corner, which led to the Salem witch hunt and caused the death of 20 men and women (Text, line 5). This just shows how religious fanatism can have horrible consequences. Even though these events are awful, we have to accept them, since they are part of US history, as Morey argues.
    Die Puritaner
    Another factor that makes The Crucible such a great play is the catastrophic consequences of peer pressure. Rebecca Nurse is a perfect example for that. She was accused of being responsible for the death of another woman's child. False rumors spread very quickly and a scapegoat had been found. There can't be reason in a society where mass hysteria rages. It is therefore a civic lessons because it illustrates how peer pressure can cause people to throw reason and freedom of opinion out of the window.
    Gruppenzwang
    The Crucible should also show the benefits of living in a stable democracy to the audience. In the Puritan Society of Salem the Bible is the law and not a democratic constitution. The basis of decision-making is the bible and not some democratic laws, which is highly problematic, as the Salem witch hunt illustrated. It is not a democratic but a theocratic system. A system that is based on the Bible is extremely prone to malpractice. The tenet that someone is innocent until proven guilty, as it is the case in a democratic state, is not in place.
    Demokratische Grundwerte
    Arthur Miller's play The Crucible was written in 1953. Even 60 years later the play is still of importance. It shows how important a democratic system is for the well-being of its people. One has to agree with Charles Morey that The Crucible is a timeless "civics lesson" which will still be of importance in the foreseeable future.
    Schluss
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    2.
    Write your essay justifying your choice of aspects that the performance should focus on. You could for example refer to the following aspects: human behavior, attitudes, emotions, the political message of the play.

    Tipp
    Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Essay schreiben, in dem du darlegst, welche Szenen am Ende des Workshops deiner Meinung nach inszeniert werden sollten. Hier gibt es kein richtig und falsch. Es geht darum gut zu argumentieren. Die Aufgabenstellung gibt dir bereits vor, auf welche Aspekte du eingehen könntest. Dein Essay sollte einen Titel, eine Einleitung, stichhaltige Argumente und einen Schluss beinhalten.
    Deine Gedanken kannst du im Vorfeld auf einem Notizpapier anordnen damit dein Essay auch die gewünschte Struktur aufweist.
    Tipp
    Text

    Pulling Down Heaven

    Arthur Miller's play The Crucible is admired by millions of people around the world. It is one of the best known plays of the 20th century. But instead of just admiring and talking about the play we should go ahead and let us perform scenes from Miller's play at the end of this workshop. What better way to conclude a workshop like this then by performing? Yet the play is very long so we should focus on a certain number of scenes. I put some thought into that matter and came up with the following setup.
    Einleitung
    One of the central aspects of The Crucible is human behaviour. Arthur Miller is very interested in the transformation of a town. How is love turning into hate? Thus I would make the argument that we should focus on this aspect of the play.
    The argument between John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth seems to be the perfect examle of love turning into hate. Act II opens with a scene where Elizabeth prepares food for John Proctor. As it turns out, he does not like the food and is seasoning it with salt, which could be understood as a symbolic gesture of him making an effort to improve the situation. Their relationship stays stale through the conversation, which essentially demonstrates that she does not trust him anymore. A fight between John and Elizabeth could be the climax of the performance where he tells her that he sees no future for both of them. It would show that John Proctor is not the hero but rather a character with major flaws. The scene would serve as the dichotomy of love and how it can turn into hate.
    Hauptteil
    Human behaviour
    Sticking with the field of human behaviour we could put the aspect of greed as the focal point of the play. Thomas Putnam would be the perfect example for that since he is trying to use the witch trials in order to enlarge his economic prosperity. Thomas Putnam could have a solo scene on the stage where he is talking about his inner struggles whether it is right or wrong to claim the land of the people he is deliberately putting onto the stake. He could have a monologue about how he fears that the pious community of Salem is breaking into pieces.
    Another interesting human behaviour in the play is the phenomena of mass hysteria which is taking over in Salem. At the center of that scene could be the situation where Abigail claims that Tibuta is communicating with the devil. She also blames that god-fearing girls in Salem were tricked into performing in the ceremony with the devil. People should be shouting and screaming on the stage. This illustrates the character of mass hysteria in Salem and how the control is fading.
    Mass Hysteria
    All three scenes would focus on the human behaviour and thereby show that it is not God or Devil responsible for mayhem in Salem. Yet it is the nature of human behaviour that is responsible for the situation at hand. At the end of the day, it is human beings who pull down the heaven. This should be the message if we should perform these scenes at the end of our workshop.
    Schluss
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