Do you have any ideas for catchy newspaper titles for The Crucible? I'm thinking of writing about the scene in act 1 where John and Abigail or about the scene in act 2 where John acknowledges his lechery.

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What a great question! There are numerous scenes within the text which would make for a great news story.

The opening scene where Parris is praying over Betty would make a great story with the following headline.

Dancing Daughter of the Local Minister Unresponsive

The same scene could also have...

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What a great question! There are numerous scenes within the text which would make for a great news story.

The opening scene where Parris is praying over Betty would make a great story with the following headline.

Dancing Daughter of the Local Minister Unresponsive

The same scene could also have another headline-worthy story:

Don't You Want Me, Baby: Teenager Questions Loyalty of Older Man

Another scene is where Elizabeth and John are discussing the weather and his infidelity.

Is It Winter in Here Yet: Groundhog Sees His Shadow

Other headlines that could come from act 2 are as follows.

60-Year-Old Woman Pregnant: Courts Offer Her a Stay

Bye, Felicia: Local Woman Hexes Girl After Refusal of Bread

The court scenes have numerous circumstances which lend themselves to a news story.

Yellow Bird Makes an Appearance in High Court—Leaves Everyone in Wonder

Locals Mourn God

Teenager Sexually Assaulted by Local Farmer

The Woman Who Does Not Lie Lies or The Unthinkable Happens: Truth-teller Lies

Local Girls Escape with Money and Their Lives

High Court Judge Threatened By Teenager

Finally, the closing scene has a few more possibilities.

Man Hanged: Takes Friends With Him

Local Man Hanged for Lying

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Lots of scenes in The Crucible lend themselves to courtroom drama--to drama of every kind, actually.  So think about the following:

Octogenarian Pressed to Death but Does Not Confess

Teenage Girl Threatens Judge with Witchcraft

Poppet Reveals Truth:  Witchcraft Afoot in Proctor Home

 

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This scene is done in secret right? And newspapers try to get as much of the who, what, when, where, why and how out as quick as possible. So, why don't you consider titles like:

  • Shadows in the Parris Bedroom Window Prompt Suspicion, or
  • Proctor and Williams, Probable Affair?

Abigail cites that she feels John, she feels his warmth under her bedroom window in that scene demonstrating that he longs for her. How about:

  • Longings Unfulfilled in the Heat of the Night, or
  • Salem's Late Night Heat

Maybe something very specific that gets to your point will make a reader want more detail:

  • Proctor's Confession of Adultery with Abigail Williams Overheard

Here are a few ideas for Act II:

  • To Cheat or Not to Cheat, That is the Question
  • Hot or Cold? That depends. Abby or Elizabeth.
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