The Crucible Rewrite- From my eyes
WRITING PROMPT: Choose ONE character from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Rewrite the ending of the play in which the character you chose experiences a different fate than the one he or she experiences in the play. How does this change the overall theme of redemption Miller is expressing?
In My rewrite, I choose to change the fate of Goody Proctor. She decides to tell the judge the truth to save herself. But not for the sake of her sinning husband, but for the sake of her own soul. She decides to save her own life.
Elizabeth Proctor is the loving wife of John Proctor. She is a well-known figure in her community. Most know her as “Goody Proctor”. She has recently been recovering from a timely illness. When she recovered from her illness, she assumed that her husband had strayed outside of their marriage. Her assumptions were indeed true. She has been forced to stay silent as her husband and his tranny continue on. Although she they are no longer involved, how can she grow to ever trust an adulterer ever again? She is disgusted with both her husband and his former lover. However, she doesn’t know the name of this woman. Because she had such vague information and still has her pride intact, she opts not to put herself through the embarrassment and pity from her fellow community.
Mary has been arrested and lays pregnant and alone in a cold dark cell for a crime she didn’t commit. She has been accused of using witchcraft. Meanwhile, John is in the court house with Mary, his maid, Abigail, the other girls and other settlers. He is trying to get Mary to confess the truth about Abigail and the rest of the girls. This attempt is not going well, in fact it couldn’t get any worse. The room is filled with loud banter and chaos. Mary refuses to do as the judge says to clear her name.- John is far from proud of his actions when it comes to the problems in his marriage and the issues regarding his affair. His affair has drawn a wedge in their relationship, how could it not? He is dealing with his own demons and regret within himself, but he refuses to let his wife pay for his mistakes any longer. He silences the room with a confession to adultery. He disgraces the Puritan name. He even states that the woman he cheated with was none other that Abigail. He expresses that these accusation are all a lie and that Abigail only wishes to cast away his wife so that they can be together, which will never happen. The Judge is confused and enlightened by this accusation. Abigail denies every word he speaks. He just wishes to clear his wife’s good name by sparing hi own. The judge is torn on who to believe between the two so he sends for Elizabeth Proctor.
Elizabeth is now in the Courtroom. She notices that John is there and so is Abigail. She is confused as to why they are there at all but why they are standing side by side is what boggles her mind most of all. She notices that they are also faced away from her. She is nothing but emotional. The judge asks her one question. “Has her husband every strayed outside of their marriage?” It didn’t take her but a second to put two and two together. She realizes that Abigail was the mistress. She begins to sob quietly. Minutes later she answers yes. She pauses then she continues. She loudly accuses John of using witchcraft and expresses that he forced her not to speak a word of his affair or else he would use his spells against her. John says nothing. The Judge believes everything she speaks and decides that Abigail and John Conspired together. John is snatched up by the guard and sentenced to be stoned. He cries sorry to Elizabeth and leaves willingly. Abigail is nasty about the final decision. She spits on Elizabeth. She is sentenced to be beheaded. Mary leaves with Elizabeth. They are free. Elizabeth feels justified and noble for telling her truth.
This changes the authors over all theme of redemption because Elizabeth chose to do what was best to save herself. The entire play she thinks of her husband’s feeling and his reputation. Yet she is the one that gets arrested. After she discovers the truth about who her husband cheated with, she is hurt and refuses to let his lies and poor decisions bourdon her any longer. Her decision to come clean and a little extra, frees her soul and redeems her especially after being sick for so long. The author is now promoting the theme of selfishness for a better outcome or effect. Miller is now allowing Mary to get justices and let her take control over her life instead of allowing her husband to use her kindness for his sick gain.
Elizabeth: I’ve only ever been a noblee wifee. Why has this happenede too me? Here I layee on this baree stone floor. Alone and with child. Why has the father of my childe disappointed mee to this magnitudee?
John and Mary are in the court house
John: Tell themee NOW!!!!
Mary: (In a confused and stuttered panic) I…..II…..I don’t know. I was faking it thee moste of thee timee.
Judge: So you admit that thee devil himeselfe did not poses you? Prove thise statement…
Mary: Well… I can’t. I…I. can’t.
Judge: These lies you speake are completely…. Unrealistic!
John: STOP this. I have a confessione. I knowe where all thesee lies started frome. It was Abigail! I comitted a crimee. Adultery. We had an affair.
(Entire room gasps)
John: When I broke off the god forsaken act, Abigail grew furious and turned to lies and alliagations. This is howe my pregnant wifee Elizabeth ended up in jaile. I ask that you please release her. Take mee instead if you muste.
Judge: If what you say is truee, how do I knowe you didn’t help Abigail lie?
Abigail: Lie? Who has lied? Everything he has said was untrue. I havee not lied. Thee devil has come to my bedside at night and makee mee do bad things. Johnis the one who has lied.
Judge: Call for Elizabeth Proctor to the stand! I want her to confirm Mr. John Proctor’s story.
(Elizabeth is brought into court room by guard)
(John and Abigail are faced away from Elizabeth as she comes into the room. This Confuses Elizabeth. She indeed never knew of the name of the woman that John cheated with… until now.)
Judge: I’m going to ask you one question and I want one simple answer.
Did you know of your husbands unfaithful actions with Ms. Abigail?
( Elizabeth fell to her knees and covered her mouth. She couldn’t believe what she’d just heard. All these emotions and thoughts and feelings flew through her brain.
Judge: Mrs. Proctor?
Elizabeth: Yes I knew of their affair. In fact they both of theme weree apart of the witchcraft rumors spreading throughout Salem. They are an evil and dangerous couple.
Abigail: None of what she says is true!!!!!!!!
Judge: Tell me this Mrs. Proctor. Why are you just now coming forth?
Elizabeth: Becausee the threatenede me. They told me that if I spoke the truth of their lies, that they’d kill me and my unborn child.
Judge: Take them away Bothe of theme!!!!!
Abigail: NOOOOOOOO! It’s all a lie.
John: I’m so sorry Elizabeth. Im so sorry.
(Elizabeth is overcome with a feeling of sadness and relief. She sobs as her husband is taken away.)