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witchery. This scene starts with Hale questioning Mr Parris about what he saw when Abigail and her friends were dancing in the forest. Hale then turns to Abigail and Abigail denies it. During this, the camera is in a constant headshot to see their reactions. Hale asks Parris was there anything moving in the pond then Abigail with an outburst says, “it jumped in”. This meant that there was something in the pond. Hale then asks for the names of the other girls. The music in the background is now creating tension All of the girls are in what seems to be a courtroom and they are all sitting down. The music has stopped in this next shot as Hale is talking. This technique of non-music makes Hale´s voice stand out when he is talking to the girls, there is also a vague echo that

makes the courtroom seem big. There is a mid-shot in the whole room. All of the girls are looking very submissive/afraid as the camera slowly moves from Abigail to Mary Warren at the end of the row. The reason the camera moves from Abigail to Mary Warren is because at the end of this scene, Mary points the finger at Abigail after they get a telling off from Hale. Abigail looks angry and gives Mary a dirty look, maybe wondering how could she blame it on her after she threatened them when Betty could not wake. The camera is now back onto Abigail looking down as Hale walks down. When she blurts out “Tituba!” the camera angle is on Hale´s left shoulder looking down on her. From this angle we can see the nervous and worrying look and expression on Abigail´s face. Then the camera

zooms in on Mrs Putnam as she screams out “I knew it!” The music in the next scene where Tituba gets called out of her hut/kennel is a slow drumbeat with a symbol in the background. This is constant throughout the scene. The camera starts out low looking up on Parris when they call for Tituba. When Parris, Putnam and Abigail call for Tituba, the camera goes on an overhead shot. This suggests the looking down and impression of low status and the power of the minister. It then switches to Tituba´s viewpoint looking back up on Parris, Putnam and Abigail through two pieces of cloth that is her door. This suggests the low quality of life if you were a slave in those days. When she is whipped brutality is shown as the camera angle is low, looking up on Tituba with Parris grabbing

a cane from the background. The music has now gone from low and close to mute, to loud and easily heard. The camera angle is just right because you can see the pain and suffering from Tituba´s facial expression and screams. The camera switches to the girls and you can see their sympathy as Tituba is being whipped. Mary Warren is the odd one out of the crowd because she seems to give Mrs Putnam a stare thinking that nothing has happened. Mary feels guilty. Abigail goes on to pretend and makes stories up about Tituba. Tituba finally gives in and cries, “ I don´t desire to work for him”. She admits because of the pain she is being given. Hytner wants to show the rising hysteria, so the cameras move quite rapidly. Now Abigail has control, and the music has risen. The hand of

Hale up to the room then drags Tituba and she confesses, saying she saw Sarah Good and Goody Osborne with the devil. Abigail then sees a chance for power and says that she has danced with the devil. The camera was in a headshot looking directly at Tituba to show that she, for a moment had power and that the attention was on her. There was also a window with light shining through it to show signs of holiness. The court scene where Elizabeth Proctor is called upon to prove that John Proctor is a lecher is very thought upon by Hytner because when he places Abigail, Elizabeth and Proctor, Abigail is on the left, Elizabeth is in the middle and John Proctor is on the right. This is basically symbolic representation that Elizabeth is in between because Abigail wants her to say no, but

John wants her to say yes. Basically this suggests that she is in the middle. Hytner has added a lot of tension and gripping acting for the audience because the audience expects Elizabeth not to lie but in fact she does lie. And about 3 seconds before she finally says the wrong thing, which is to lie for Proctor there are two beams of light that shine onto the floor in the background. This suggests truth and goodness sent down from God. After the word “no” come out, the two beams vanish and a large drum beat sounds. Suddenly the tension booms! Hytner directs the cameras to move all the time so that tension is always present. One scene where I found that the location was used very good in order to express feelings and impressions was when Proctor runs out of the court along