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Write an additional scene for the Crucible set either 7 months before or 7 months after the original script

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The Crucible - Act 0 scene 1 7 months before the horrors of Salem occurred; Elizabeth is in the kitchen, making bread. She hears Proctor and Abigail talking in the barn and moves to the window to look. To her disgust she sees Abigail kissing Proctor. She moves away from the window while Proctor enters. ELIZABETH: What were you doing out there dear? PROCTOR: (stuck for words) Oh...um, nothing I was just day dreaming ELIZABETH: Dreaming? PROCTOR: I mean, (clears throat) I were watching the animals ELIZABETH: (playing along whilst knowing what he is hiding) Are you well? You seem troubled. PROCTOR: (looking to the ground) Aye, you're right. I be faintly ill. (Realising his getaway, he aims for the stairs) ELIZABETH: You think sensibly dear, get a good rest. (She walks to the window when he exits) Elizabeth looks out of the window, glaring at Abigail, her beauty is highlighted by the moon amongst the dark skies. The scowling jealousy shines even brighter off of Elizabeth. ELIZABETH: (calling from inside): Abigail? Come in please! ABIGAIL: (strolling into the kitchen area) What is it Mrs Proctor? Is there something wrong? ELIZABETH: Nay dear, nay, you just look overworked out there. ABIGAIL: I be fine, I feel good. ...read more.


but because this scene is set prior to it I think that it works because people will see the slightly dark, jealous and personal side of Elizabeth first and then the good side of her in The Crucible. The most obvious reason for this drastic change would be that she realises that she must change in order to keep her husband. I did not just use the language as a way to attempt to imitate Arthur Miller's writing style. I also used stage directions as a way to help the actors perform but also as a way to add additional description. For example; the stage directions on the last part from Abigail were very descriptive, this is because it was a very important part of the scene. Arthur Miller uses descriptive stage directions quite often rather than simple ones; for example on the last few pages of script he uses descriptive stage direction, "and now a wild terror rising in him, and a boundless anger". Miller gives very precise stage directions that would seems more like a quote from a story than a play, I think this is very effective because it would help the actor know exactly how he wants the part to be performed. ...read more.


Also the new sun rising could imply that goodness has risen, and that something good has emerged from Proctor's and all the other convicted witch's defiance (the end of witch hunting?). I used "rosy" to describe Abigail's blood; I used rosy because it is usually seen as a flower of beauty, but with thorns, I think that this describes Abigail well as she is beautiful but very dangerous. I did not do a very long scene because I only wanted to use language and speech that was necessary to the plot. Also John Proctor did not play a key role in the scene because he is focused on to a large extent in the rest of the Crucible; I wanted all of the focus to be on Elizabeth and Abigail. I ended the scene with Abigail not releasing her anger on Elizabeth and keeping it locked up, but she swears revenge, and acquires it in the Crucible. I also ended with John ending his prayer to stare at Abigail. This implies that he is giving up his religion (temporarily) for Abigail, which does also happen. In conclusion I have slightly changed the manner of Arthur Miller's characters to give reason for their actions in the Crucible, and backed it up by attempting to reflect Arthur Miller's style. By doing this I have created a range of emotional responses from the audience such as anger, envy, and slight pity towards Proctor. ...read more.

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