The whole story that is the crucible revolves around lie but not just lies that they tell others but lies that they tell themselves. The web of lies eventually touched everyone in the town and eventually made people who would not, do it too. John is the perfect example of early in the first act. When Abigail and John talked john said, “ We never touched “. John denies ever sleeping with Abigail even though they did. This is because John is trying to forget what happened but because Abigail still insists on their relationship she is essentially keeping it alive. Later when John and Elizabeth are talking about Abigail he told her, “I’ll not have your sus-picion no more”. John believes his own lie that it’s over between him and Abigail but Elizabeth knows better or enough to know that john is lying. Thought John Proctor’s lying was probably a low blow in the relationship it was the lie that Abigail that really hit. Accusing Goody Proctor of witchcraft forced John Proctors to tell the truth about him and Abigail to free Elizabeth. Which in fact would have dammed John Proctor a respected man in Salem but saved Elizabeth. Which totally went out the window as Elizabeth told Danforth “ No, Sir”, When Danforth asked her if John Proctor turn from her. This really kept everything for coming together the first time for John and Elizabeth. Even though this happening really forced John Proctor to admit to Adultery later on in the story.
The theme that stands out the most to me would be mass hysteria. Mass hysteria is what caused Salem to temporarily fall apart. The Puritans were very strict and religious and the idea that witches could be present within the community drove people to make and believe any accusation. This mass hysteria was based off of a false accusation made by Abigail Williams and is what lead to the downfall of Salem. Everyone dismissed logic and reasoning within their arguments. Hysteria in the crucible becomes increasingly worse because characters like Abigail and Parris benefit from it. It allows for the townspeople to react to anything and give in to their emotions. This causes things like neighbors calling each other witches. Fear drove citizens to do what they needed to protect their best interests. John Proctor recognizes this as he says, “I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem- vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!” John is one of the few who knew what Abigail was up too from the start. Here he tells Hale that the people of Salem should put more focus on to who is accusing as opposed to who is being accused. Mass hysteria is dangerous and allows people to think irrationally. Not only is everyone terrified but also now some see the opportunity to manipulate the court for personal gain. Abigail uses mass hysteria to gain control over her community and her peers. The young girls in “The Crucible” are a good example of how mass psychological hysteria can affect a group of people.
I would choose to add this scene to the play. It highlights Abigail’s insane behavior and gives her more depth as a character. It also adds more to her relationship with John Proctor. When he wants to see her in the woods, she thinks that she can seduce him and everything will be right in her world again. She loves him a lot, and her obsession grows worse with time. By the time the trials are over, Abigail thinks that her and John will get married as she tells him, “I will make quite a wife when the world is white again.” Her dangerous obsession with him also becomes even clearer while they have this conversation. Abigail will stop at nothing in order to get what she wants. She will not only manipulate others but even her own body in order to give herself more credibility. She also shows him her injuries, which, she tells him were acquired by loose spirits set out to get her. As an audience member, one would realize that these injuries were self-inflicted and Abigail seems crazy. She so desperately wants to be John’s wife that she’s willing to do whatever it takes, not taking into consideration the amount of damage she will inflict. John only wanted to warn Abigail that he planned on confessing to the court. She thinks that the hypocritical town is to blame for his behavior. When this scene is added to the rest of the play, it helps you get inside Abigail’s head. She seems pretty pathetic when she meets up with John but it is only a front. Abigail truly is capable of a lot of damage and I think that it is important for the audience to recognize that. I can also see how this scene would hurt the play as it draws attention to Abby’s poor mental health but I feel like this should be embraced rather than deleted.
I think that this scene would have been perfect for the crucible because it really shows the
hatred towards each other since abigail accuses elizabeth of witchcraft, and how scared he is
for his wife, cause she might be hanged. in the play she explains that she would do anything
even murder to be with john. He feels guilty about what happened to Elizabeth that would also
tell how quilty feels. He tells to move on cause it was just a one night thing. it would also tell the
audience that he talked to abigail about that night. it also tell about what happened after the play
how they say abigail went to new york to become a prostitute.
For the scene that was taken out of The Crucible I think it is a very important to the play to put it in. It shows the anger of a man who is fearful for his wife’s life, and a teenage girl who is love lust for him. He realizes while talking to her, she will do anything to be with him. However he knows that he needs to fix this or else his wife will hang. So he tells the love lust teenager to snap out of it and realize they just had a moment but that was just it a moment. This would of been important in the play because of the power it has in its meaning we also seen in act two john told his wife Elizabeth he would talk to Abigail, but it left that out we were left to wonder whether he actually went to talk to her or not. This is the scene we all were looking for the mystery was okay but we still needed to know what he wouldof said to her.
The Crucible is a very deep and controversial play, with a very simple mindset that people in the past had. Today we still have some of the same mind set like in act three “If he isn’t with the court he must be counted against it.” We still do this in today’s world if you aren’t fully with a country then you have to be against it. So this sets a very conflicted theme in the play the people are very secretive none of them trust each other. In act one we learn Abigail was caught with Betty and the other girls in the woods naked, which they were trying to do in secret and in that time was a very bad deed a person could do. Mr. Parris says to Abigail “I have been trying to bend these peoples necks to me for three years now.” Why would he need to bend the peoples neck? This creates a sense of distrust throughout the scene. Does he really need to force people to respect him if he is their pastor? In Act One they say the town had three pastors before him. Were they not trust worthy? Were they not respected? The town of Salem is a very methodical place, you give them a reason you’re with the Devil or not “fully” with that community, you are a reject not allowed to live in that town. For this time that wasn’t good to get cast out of a town, because they means you would have to find a new community and gain their trust which was not easy. So a lot of people who were cast out typically would die from not having enough supplies to live through winter. So we can take from the play that the theme is very treacherous theme.
If I were Arthur Miller writing The Crucible, I would not include Act 2, Scene 2 from the play’s appendix. The reason being is that it would take away from the ending scene between John and Elizabeth. As a reader, I got chills reading the end of the play. Although adding this scene would be clarifying for John and Abigail’s relationship, ultimately the end of the play does not need to all be explained. The writing, in the end, leaves chills with the readers because you are left to fill in the blanks yourself. If John Proctor were to confront Abigail, as seen in Act 2, Scene 2 from the play’s appendix, him dying in the last scene would be for more than his dignity and his family. It would look like he was dying to escape the wrath and tangle of Abigail and in a sense not letting her “win” him. By dying and accepting his death, without confronting Abigail, he goes out of the world, like a hero, restoring his good name. As a director, I would rather leave my readers with chills and wanting more than have them be satisfied that they have all of the answers to the story. Sometimes the best stories are left with a little imagination of the mind. Adding in the scene, we would also see an unnecessary side of Abigail. The following quote from John Proctor reiterates this: “I’m told a troop of boys go step for step with you wherever you walk these days.” She has turned into a daft prostitute which is not something that as I director, I would want to be the main focus. I would keep her portrayed with the veneer of an innocent little girl, having a promiscuous side that is hiding from the public. The Crucible has had a tremendous effect on our society and should remain pristine.
If I were the author of the play I would include the Act 2 Scene 2 of the play. Though the scene might be short it still shows potential of become an interesting scene to be put on. The scene shows that John Proctor still cares about Elizabeth even though he has kept a very dark secret from her and he is trying to somehow persuade Abigail to tell the truth about what really happened. At this point John is doing his best to try and make up for the mistakes that he has done and to try and free Elizabeth from the false accusation that was given to her. In the scene Abigail also tries to do something which is showing John her love for him and that she is trying to get him on her side by telling him how he changed her life and how everyone is just trying to turn him against her. As the scene comes to an end John already made up his mind that he will tell the truth about her if she doesn’t tell the truth, but Abigail is confident that she will try and save him and that she will win him over Elizabeth. Adding the scene would also add a more intense kind of reaction when readers read that part because it is where John finally tells her what kind of a person Abigail really is. In my opinion this scene would add a little for spice to the play because after this scene everything gets serious because the next scene of the play is when they both go to court to testify. What comes next of the scene will determine if Abigail is going to lie or tell the truth to the people of the court and if she is actually going to “save” John.
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.
If I were directing the play The Crucible, I would include Act 2 Scene 2 from the play’s appendix. The reason why I would chose to put it in the play is because I believe that it is a powerful scene. It’s powerful in a way where we get to truly see who Abigail is as a person. The tempo of the scene starts off nice and calm, but towards the end all hell breaks loose. She talks about how the town is filled with hypocrites and that she won’t rest until all the hypocrites are gone from this town. John Proctor even comes to the realization that Abigail, is indeed, insane and he also becomes aware of what she is capable of doing. Abigail said, “Oh, how hard it is when pretense falls! But it falls it falls! You have done your duty by her. I hope it is your last hypocrisy. I pray you will come again with sweeter news for me. I know you will- now your duty is done. Good night, John. Fear naught. I will save you tomorrow. From yourself, I will save you.” The affect that this scene would have on the audience would definitely be a powerful one. The audience would realize, like John Proctor, that this girl is twisted and capable of hurting anyone, including herself. They’ll also learn that she thinks of herself so highly and that she’s restless for revenge. You can just feel the intensity rise up from beginning to end and I feel that it’s necessary for the audience to see.