Crucible Ending Rewrite

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.)

 

 

 

Edgar Allan Poe Assessment

 

Sasa Middleton

 

  1. Write about Poe’s mother and father.
  • His Father abandoned his family in 1810, and his mother died in 1811.
  • Who took in Poe and describe his upbringing.
  • John and Frances Allan Richmond. His childhood was unlike most. He lost his family so young. I can’t imagine growing up without any biological family around. I’d feel so lost in the world.
  1. How old was Poe when his mother died? What did she die from?

He was two when his mom died and she died from Tuberculosis.

  1. What happened to the orphaned Poe and his siblings?

They were taken away by a husband and wife. He was never formally adopted, but he had a family.

  • Where did he go to college? Describe his experience there.
  • Poe attended the University of Virginia. His first semester was rocky because his guardian failed to come through with enough funds to keep him in school, causing him to join the army.
  • Why did Poe join the military and how well did he do?
  • Poe went into the army because he couldn’t afford college. His military career didn’t last for long. HE has some difficulties and was discharged. The army wasn’t his passion, literature was.
  1. How was Poe as a business success?

Poe was successful business wise. He spent years writing literary journals. His Literary career flourished. However, in the beginning he tried to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a difficult life and career.

  1. What subjects did Poe write about? What story did he create?

Literary criticism and he wrote “The Raven” in 1845.

  1. What happened to Poe’s wife and how long did she suffer?

She became ill and died from Tuberculosis. She suffered for two gruesome years.

  1. What poem did Poe write for his wife?

An Enigma.

  1. What condition did Poe suffer from following her death?

He suffered from writers block for years after her death. He also began to drink more frequently.

  1. How, where, and what were the circumstances of Poe’s death?

Poe’s death is unknown. He died in 1849. There are different theories of his death. Alcoholism, drugs, rabies, suicide and etc. He died in Baltimore.

 

William Root Assessment

#1: I learned about their outdoor kitchen. This was so that their entire house wouldn’t catch fire. During the 19th century kitchen fires were very common.

#2: Another historical development that I learned about was different pillows for winter and summer. They used corn husk for the summer to keep cool and bird feathers during the winter to keep warm. This is different yet similar to our pillows in the 21st century. We use one pillow year round, at least I know I do.

#3: I also learned about the color scheme of the houses. The rooms downstairs in the Root house were colorful yet the items in it represented class and wealth. Also, the colors of the rooms were chosen carefully to reflect light from the sun because electricity had not yet been invented. For example, the kitchen was painted white so that it was easier to see while cooking.

#4: I learned Sunday was a day of rest and worship. Even children were limited to the toys they could play with. To be more specific, the were really only allowed to play with toy animals and that game symbolized Noah’s Arch, it was related to the bible.

#5: Lastly, my favorite part of the tour was when were able to play a game that was played during the 19th century among young women to help teach a girl grace and manners. The name of the game was graces. We enjoyed the tour and the game most of all.

William Root Assessment

#1: I learned about their outdoor kitchen. This was so that their entire house wouldn’t catch fire. During the 19th century kitchen fires were very common.

#2: Another historical development that I learned about was different pillows for winter and summer. They used corn husk for the summer to keep cool and bird feathers during the winter to keep warm. This is different yet similar to our pillows in the 21st century. We use one pillow year round, at least I know I do.

#3: I also learned about the color scheme of the houses. The rooms downstairs in the Root house were colorful yet the items in it represented class and wealth. Also, the colors of the rooms were chosen carefully to reflect light from the sun because electricity had not yet been invented. For example, the kitchen was painted white so that it was easier to see while cooking.

#4: I learned Sunday was a day of rest and worship. Even children were limited to the toys they could play with. To be more specific, the were really only allowed to play with toy animals and that game symbolized Noah’s Arch, it was related to the bible.

#5: Lastly, my favorite part of the tour was when were able to play a game that was played during the 19th century among young women to help teach a girl grace and manners. The name of the game was graces. We enjoyed the tour and the game most of all.

William Root Assessment

#1: I learned about their outdoor kitchen. This was so that their entire house wouldn’t catch fire. During the 19th century kitchen fires were very common.

#2: Another historical development that I learned about was different pillows for winter and summer. They used corn husk for the summer to keep cool and bird feathers during the winter to keep warm. This is different yet similar to our pillows in the 21st century. We use one pillow year round, at least I know I do.

#3: I also learned about the color scheme of the houses. The rooms downstairs in the Root house were colorful yet the items in it represented class and wealth. Also, the colors of the rooms were chosen carefully to reflect light from the sun because electricity had not yet been invented. For example, the kitchen was painted white so that it was easier to see while cooking.

#4: I learned Sunday was a day of rest and worship. Even children were limited to the toys they could play with. To be more specific, the were really only allowed to play with toy animals and that game symbolized Noah’s Arch, it was related to the bible.

#5: Lastly, my favorite part of the tour was when were able to play a game that was played during the 19th century among young women to help teach a girl grace and manners. The name of the game was graces. We enjoyed the tour and the game most of all.

Rhetorical Device Essay

Sasa Middleton

March 2nd, 2017

AP Language

Analytical Rhetoric Essay

Abigail’s Letter Analyzed

Abigail’s letter was well written. She definitely advised her son John. Throughout her letter, she used a few Rhetorical devises that made her writing unique. A few rhetorical devises used in Abigail’s letter were an analogy, an asyndeton, an allusion, emotional appeal, concrete language, chiasmus  and didactic.

The different devises displayed in Abigail’s writing made her work more entertaining than if she would’ve chosen not to use them. One of the first devices I stumbled across in Abigail’s letter was an example of an Analogy. She gave an example of an unnamed author comparing a judicious traveler to a river. She continues to elaborate on the water flow of the river.  This was one of the only sentences that compares to anything for the majority this letter. However, it woke me up after reading the first two paragraphs.

Moving forward, the second device I read in this letter was an asyndeton. The sentence reads, “It will be expected of you, my son, that, as you are…” This sentence contains way too many unnecessary commas that read as a literary error, but are also mistaken as a rhetorical device. Another device I read in the following sentence was an example of an allusion. The sentence contained many nouns that relate to well-known historical people. The sentence was, “ -tyranny of Catiline, Verres,and Mark Anthony?” This Rhetorical device helped me to connect with the time period this piece of writing was written in.

Next, another device I discovered in this letter was an example of a didactic. This was by far my favorite rhetorical device.  The majority of this letter was intended to instruct and inform John. Abigail simply used many devise to do so. This letter is persuasive and opinionated. Another device used in this essay was an example of chiasmus. Chiasmus is repeated thoughts recited after each other. Abigail also used concrete language at the end of her letter. The sentence reads, “- particularly your ever affectionate mother. Also, this sentence seems rather ironic to me especially because the majority of this letter seems anything but affectionate. The last rhetorical device ill share with you that I learned was Emotional appeal. Abigail used both guilt and sarcasm in this letter to inform her son of her feelings based on his actions.

Lastly, The tone of this letter could most likely be described as Persuasive, trite, and ironic. Abigail was obviously upset about her sons choice to go off with his father. She was very upset about it and expressed that emotion throughout the entire letter. Her writing was also very drawn out and exaggerated.

All for all, this letter was well written and very literarily diverse. Abigail used many rhetorical devises throughout her writing to express her feeling towards her son ever so direct. She used devices such as analogy, asyndeton, allusion, emotional appeal, concrete language, and logical appeal. Her choice of devises throughout her writing deemed very helpful to the entertainment and poise of her writing abilities. It made her letter enjoyable.

Analytical Rhetorical Essay

Sasa Middleton

March 2nd, 2017

AP Language

Analytical Rhetoric Essay

Abigail’s Letter Analyzed

Abigail’s letter was well written. She definitely advised her son John. Throughout her letter, she used a many rhetorical devises that made her writing unique. A few rhetorical devises used in Abigail’s letter were an analogy, an asyndeton, an allusion, emotional appeal, concrete language, chiasmus  and didactic.

The different devises displayed in Abigail’s writing made her work more entertaining than if she would’ve chosen not to use them. One of the first devices I stumbled across in Abigail’s letter was an example of an Analogy. She gave an example of an unnamed author comparing a judicious traveler to a river. She continues to elaborate on the water flow of the river.  This was one of the only sentences that compares to anything for the majority this letter. However, it woke me up after reading the first two paragraphs.

Moving forward, the second device I read in this letter was an asyndeton. The sentence reads, “It will be expected of you, my son, that, as you are…” This sentence contains way too many unnecessary commas that read as a literary error, but are also mistaken as a rhetorical device. Another device I read in the following sentence was an example of an allusion. The sentence contained many nouns that relate to well-known historical people. The sentence was, “ -tyranny of Catiline, Verres,and Mark Anthony?” This Rhetorical device helped me to connect with the time period this piece of writing was written in.

Next, another device I discovered in this letter was an example of a didactic. This was by far my favorite rhetorical device.  The majority of this letter was intended to instruct and inform John. Abigail simply used many devise to do so. This letter is persuasive and opinionated. Another device used in this essay was an example of chiasmus. Chiasmus is repeated thoughts recited after each other. Abigail also used concrete language at the end of her letter. The sentence reads, “- particularly your ever affectionate mother. Also, this sentence seems rather ironic to me especially because the majority of this letter seems anything but affectionate. The last rhetorical device ill share with you that I learned was Emotional appeal. Abigail used both guilt and sarcasm in this letter to inform her son of her feelings based on his actions.

Lastly, The tone of this letter could most likely be described as Persuasive, trite, and ironic. Abigail was obviously upset about her sons choice to go off with his father. She was very upset about it and expressed that emotion throughout the entire letter. Her writing was also very drawn out and exaggerated.

All for all, this letter was well written and very literary diverse. Abigail used many rhetorical devises throughout her writing to express her feelings towards her son, ever so direct. She used devices such as analogy, asyndeton, allusion, emotional appeal, concrete language, and logical appeal. Her choice of devises throughout her writing deemed very helpful to the entertainment aspect and poise of her writing abilities. It made her letter enjoyable even through its tough structure and trite tone.

Argument Essay

In my opinion, Oscar Wilde’s claim is accurate. I feel that disobedience has indeed led to many historical changes. Peoples’ choice to deny authority, societal views, and discrimination is what has resulted in many life changing  achievements in our history. Many leaders and pioneers have been faces of disobedience. I believe that they these people I speak of were born with the role of leadership meant to evoke change . Without their help and dream for hope,  our world would be a very different place.

There have been many activists and citizens to come and go in our world. Some have left more permanent change to the world than others. A man who  has left an unforgettable stain of equality and unity through civil disobedience is Martin Luther King Jr. Despite all of the odds Martin Luther King faced during his lifetime, he overcame them all and managed to leave a crucial, but miniscule dent in this evil and hateful world. Many people,  such as the KKK and racist supporters , stood in the way of his plans and violently  told him no, yet through everything he continued to fight. He fought through nonviolent protest and boycotts to gain equality for all people, but specifically African Americans. Throughout his lifetime he broke many social and racial barriers. His life’s work greatly shifted the racial injustices in the world we live in.

Another pioneer for social justice  was Malcom X. He was a Muslim human rights activist. He fought for the equality of African Americans. Unlike MLK, he only fought for the change in African American oppression. He also believed in the retrieval of equal rights through violent retaliation. Many people felt that the only way to be treated as equals was to fight with weapons and fists. As a Muslim activist, there were multiple odds against Malcom X, but despite it all he continued to fight for what he believed in until his death. He felt so strongly about the rights of all African Americans  that he was willing to die for the cause and he persuaded others to feel the same.

Gandhi was another activist, in his own way. He fought through inspirational fasts. He was a leader in the Indian independence movement. He never fought with his fists or any other form of weapon. He fasted to protest  against the struggle for his people and their beliefs . Gandhi was a symbol of hope and change for his people, which is why his existence and acts of disobedience were so crucial. I’m positive that many people told him to just eat. But food wasn’t the fight. Justice and equality was the overall goal.

I say all this to prove my point that in the previous eras, equality of all people, along with many other political issues and racial struggles of all people was severely damaged . And if it wasn’t for leaders like Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Gandhi and many others, we wouldn’t have certain abilities and luxuries that we have today. Disobedience is an inevitable human trait for those who possess the ability to fight for change. Some rules were set in place, before our time, that weren’t necessarily fare, and as time went on and life evolved, change became more and more inevitable. Without disobedience in some areas the lives of many would be greatly impacted in a negative way. Oscar Wilde’s theory was accurate and answers the question as to how change must me claimed.