What is a significant gap or silence within The Crucible that can be used to write a monologue?

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Act II, Scene 2 is often deleted when the play is performed. It is usually available as an appendix to printed copies, and Arthur Miller reinserted it when he wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film version. In the scene, John Proctor and Abigail Williams meet under cover of darkness...

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Act II, Scene 2 is often deleted when the play is performed. It is usually available as an appendix to printed copies, and Arthur Miller reinserted it when he wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film version. In the scene, John Proctor and Abigail Williams meet under cover of darkness in the woods outside town. Proctor has come to try to determine for himself what Abigail's state of mind is and perhaps whether he can reason with her to get her to recant her accusations. Unfortunately, Abigail is either so deeply delusional or so bent on the destruction of her enemies that Proctor has no ability to prevent her from continuing her reign of terror.

Proctor is waiting in the woods for Abigail to appear at the opening of the scene. This would be an appropriate time and place for him to deliver a monologue. He could speak of his shame over his sin, his determination to stop Abby, his love for his wife and family, or his lack of confidence that justice can prevail in Salem.

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There is an opening scene between John and Elizabeth in Act II that would lend itself to monologue. John, who has been outside working on the farm, comes into the kitchen to speak with Elizabeth. It is during this scene that we find out about John's adultery with Abigail. During John and Elizabeth's conversation, there are pauses that show the tension between them. A monologue from either character would be interesting at this point in the play. We know what they say to each other--an argument develops--but what might each character be thinking and feeling that he or she does not say out loud?

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