Crucible Ending Rewrite
Each and every one in Salem had a reputation that could determine his or her fate in the play. I chose to tamper with the fate of Abigail. To be more specific , I chose to end her life, which means in the process her reputation got tainted. Abigail was big on her reputation and she always put it first, even over John. In my rendition, this also meant witchcraft would come to an end. Though she was obviously the root of the witchcraft in the play , she, at several times, always seemed to make herself seem innocent. Throughout this entire time period of the witch trials , Abigail’s actions were constantly motivated by her jealousy and hatred of Elizabeth Proctor. This was the case, mostly because she wanted to be with John Proctor, but John didn’t want to be with her.
Reverend Parris’s niece, 17 year old Abigail Williams, was the servant of the Proctors before Elizabeth Proctor found out about the affair between John Proctor and Abigail. In a revengeful act Abigail immediately starts spreading rumors, about Elizabeth, throughout the town. She starts to accuse her of witchcraft due t her resentful mind. In the pay, John tried to get Mary to confess all of the sins of Abigail; including dancing in the woods. In court Abigail is confronted, but again she lies and convinces the court Mary is using witchcraft in the form of a bird.
In act 3 of The Crucible, the judge questions Martha Corey in hopes to get her to confess to witchcraft. Giles Corey tries to help by interfering with the statement; they are only creating these accusations because they want Thomas Putnam’s land. Giles then gets threaten for interrupting in the court. John gets Mary to confess to Danforth that all of the girls are frauds. John gave Danforth the petition, he got 91 people to sign, as evidence for the witchcraft case. The petition cleared Elizabeth Proctor, Rebecca Nurse and Martha of witchcraft. Parris, then, gives the idea to question all 91 people who sign the petition.
Giles Corey is placed under arrest for given the source of the information when asked. John Proctor gives Danforth Mary’s evidence, then Danforth takes her into questioning. While Mary is being questioned Danforth asked her if John force her to testify, but she replied no. Abigail is called into court and is accused, by Mary, of witchcraft. Abigail denies it all. Judge Hawthorne, Parris, and Danforth finds Abigail guilty of witchcraft and forcing there o work for her. Abigail is imprisoned and tortured for answers she won’t confess. Weeks later Abigail dies of starvation in jail.
Abigail’s death brought the hysteria of witchcraft to an end. John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, and others are allowed to stay alive and live their normal life, except for John Proctor. He and Elizabeth separate due to issues caused by the affair. This rewrite surely changes the theme of redemption. In the end John, Rebecca, and Martha all get redeemed and a second chance at life.