What are some gaps and silences in The Crucible that could be used to write a dialogue?

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Certainly there could be more dialogue between John Proctor and Abigail. Her obsession with him and her willingness to destroy his wife to try and create a life with him has very rich dramatic potential, but the play does not offer a great deal of dialogue between them. This seems especially important since their connection underscores the nature of the petty, juvenile emotions that motivated the accusers. Jealousy or hurt feelings over being spurned by a lover are portrayed as sufficient reason to accuse neighbors of witchcraft and condemn them to public excoriation and execution. Along these lines, more dialogue among the young women revealing their petty jealousies and crushes could show how ironic their power and influence was. The film adaptation by Nicolas Hytner does explore this material somewhat further.

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jrain | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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A conversation could be imagined between John and Elizabeth Proctor after the debacle with their servant, Mary Warren, at the end of Act II. They must be worried and confused at the turn of events in Salem town.

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lilian-0716 | Student | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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thank you :)

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