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My opinion on Auther Miller’s decision of using Act 2, Scene 2 in The Crucible could swing either way. A lot of emotions were brought up in this scene of John Proctor needlessly urging Abigail to free his wife in court or he will ruin her life, as he knows it. He is not hesitant when saying this and Abigail’s response was not how I would expect it to be. She almost seemed as if she didn’t care that Proctor was going to do so, which is the point that I think she was trying to get across. Making Proctor think that there is no way that he can ruin her life, so she can one up him. This scene gets the readers moving with the vibes that are given off between Abigail and Proctors conversation between one another. Even though The Crucible is most definitely adequate without this scene I feel like it gives the readers more of a better understanding with what is going on between Proctor and Abigail. Proctor says, “You will tell the court you are blind to spirits; you cannot see them or any more, and you will never cry witchery again, or I will make you famous for the whore you are!” At this point Proctor is furious to get what he wishes and for his wife, Elizabeth, to be free. As a reader, we know that Proctor feels guilt for having an affair with Abigail and you can tell in this scene that is shown through his anger. Bringing out the temperamental sides of both Abigail and John Proctor sets a stage for the readers to really see a different side of both of these characters. Their relationship amongst each other riles each other up and without this scene it wouldn’t be as relevant as it in with the scene added to the play.

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