I have to write a monologue for English about The Crucible but it needs to be about a gap or silence in the book. Do you know any good gaps or silences in the book, The Crucible?
There are so many creative ways you could write a monologue about a gap or silence in the book. I think it'd be really interesting to write a monologue about Arthur Miller's "Echoes Down the Corridor," which is included in the appendix of the play. In this passage, Miller shares about what happens to each character after the play. Miller explains:
"Not long after the fever died, Parris was voted from office, walked out on the highroad, and was never heard of again.
The legend has it that Abigail turned up later as a prostitute in Boston.
Twenty years after the last execution, the government awarded compensation to the victims still living, and to the families of the dead. However, it is evident that some people still were unwilling to admit their total guilt . . . "
This excerpt from the passage tells the supposed fates of important characters such as Parris and Abigail. A monologue could be written from the perspective of Abigail either deciding to run away or even contemplating her fate after running to Boston. Why did she leave town? Was her fate, as a prostitute, better than what she might have faced in Salem? Was she really in danger in Salem after Elizabeth lied?
In review, Abby runs away after Act III. Earlier in the scene John Proctor confesses to the courtroom that he had an affair with Abigail and argues that she probably wants to harm his wife so that she can have John's affections. Elizabeth, who knows the truth about the affair, lies to the courtroom to try to protect John. After she lies, the act concludes with Abigail claiming to see a yellow bird (that she claims Mary Warren bewitched to harm her). A bunch of the other girls claim they can see this invisible bird, too. Weird. This causes chaos in the moment and distracts everyone's attention from pursuing the truth. Abby's decision to run away at this point seems unusual. Didn't it appear like she was winning the court case when she ran away? Didn't Elizabeth deny that John was involved in an affair? What made Abigail so uneasy that she decided to get out of town?
Another option would be to write a monologue from Parris's perspective, perhaps explaining why he is leaving the town at the end of the play. Some questions you could consider in writing from Parris's perspective include:
- Does he ever confess his guilt about his involvement in the Salem Witchcraft Trials? Or, does he deny that he was instrumental in causing so many deaths?
- Did he feel bad for supporting Abigail, his niece, when she was causing trouble in the town?
- Did he ever realize how selfish he was behaving in caring more about his reputation than he did the well-being of his family and friends?
- Does he still think he is a good and worthy Minister, or does he realize how horribly he behaved while in Salem?
- Does he go in search of another job as a minister? Does he maintain his Puritan faith?
- Does he stay in America?
- Does he ever feel a need to apologize to anyone? Who? Why?
- Does he think he should go find Abigail, his niece?
- Does he forgive Abigail? Does he ever get in touch with Abigail, or even other characters in the play?
There are many questions that remain unanswered at the end of the play, allowing for great opportunities for student written monologues.