The Crucible and the Extra Scene Essay

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In the original version of The Crucible, published in 1953, a second scene for Act II was written but Arthur Miller decided to take it from the future editions that came after that time. A reason Arthur Miller might have removed this scene from the play was that it showed the readers too much information, which would have given the readers too much about what would happen later on in the play and it might have had disinterested the readers into continuing reading. The Act II scene, which was taken off from the play, would have changed the outlook that the read had on The Crucible and its characters, like Abigail’s character. Abigail would have been viewed differently after this scene because they would feel pity for her. Arthur Miller made …show more content…
If Arthur Miller had left these scene on the act it would have exposed too much information about what would be coming up next and the readers would not be surprised then with the things that happened in the play. The reader shouldn’t be given the whole information of a play in one act there should be more suspense and exciting things happening on the future acts for the readers to enjoy the play. If the reader already knows how the play is going to end and as they are reading it they realize that it is all being repetitive they would just stop reading the play because there would be no “cliff hanger” for them to get excited about in the continuation of the reading.
Abigail’s character in this removed scene can give the reader conflicting thoughts about who she really is and how she should be viewed throughout the rest of the play. In this scene Abigail seems like she does not know the difference between the reality and her fantasy. Abigail since the beginning of the play is viewed as a clever but dishonest character but in Act II, Scene ii she just seems like a little girl who is trapped in her own world and doesn’t know how to get what she wants without lying some more. Abigail starts to believe on her own lies about witchcraft, “Abigail: No, this is your wife pleading, your sniveling, envious wife! This is Rebecca’s voice, Martha Corey’s voice. You were no hypocrite!" (p.158). she was so sure that her lies where truth that she forgot the reality

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