Abigail Williams The Crucible Analysis

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The Appendix, Does it Belong?
“You are pulling Heaven down and raising up a whore!” (Miller 120). Said “whore” stands for the wild chase of witches throughout Salem. In the appendix Arthur Miller makes Abigail Williams, from his play The Crucible, look like she is the good one. It makes her look like she is being mistreated, even though John Proctor is just trying to save his very innocent wife from her execution. Before both characters were misinterpreted in the appendix, John was a hardworking and generous man, while Abigail was a sneaky and untrustful young girl. It would be a mistake to include the appendix in the production because it makes Abigail look innocent when this whole situation of the Salem Witch Trials is her fault. This extra scene portrays Abigail as a young, naive, innocent girl. It portrays her as the exact opposite type of person that she truly is. She goes on to say in the deleted scene, “Why didn’t you? I
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Whether this is a false representation of what Proctor or not, it does not match the rest of the production. Abigail is shown being thrown to the ground by Proctor, while also threatening her by saying he will ruin her life if Elizabeth isn’t freed. He will have nothing to do with Abigail because she is already ruining his life by accusing his wife. This scene is a false representation of both characters, another reason it should be cut out of the movie. The modified appendix does not work because it gives a different view of how Abigail comes onto John. Abigail is very dramatic and exaggerates her fear of “spirits.” It wasn’t as dramatic in the book version. In order to try and come onto Proctor, she is much more controlling. The tone is definitely different in the movie because it is much more forceful. The forcefulness is shown by Proctor yelling and his threats to Abigail to free his wife or he will confess to their

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