In Arthur Millers The Crucible, Act II, Scene ii negatively alters the audience perceptions of the principle characters.
Act II, scene ii changes the way the audience will think about Abigail Williams. First, when Abigail states “I have once or twice played the shovel board. But I have no joy in it”. (Page1) This shows that Abigail is not happy with her life right now. The audience might feel bad for her as they identify with the fact that sometimes getting what you want still doesn’t make you happy. Secondly when Abigail says “George Jacobs he comes again and again and raps me with his stick- the same spot all this week, look at the lump I have” (page2). This portrays that Abigail is an innocent girl and she is a victim. The audience will then feel pity for her. Finally Abigail mentions, “You taught me goodness, therefore your good… I used to weep for my sins when the wind lifted up my skirts; and blushed shame when some old Rebecca called me loose” (Page2). This conveys the people are persecuting her for a small things, that’s it isn’t all that of a deal. This also shows that her and John had a pretty good relationship going on.
John Proctor may be perceived poorly in Act II, scene ii. To begin with, John Proctor says, “ I must speak with you Abigail. Will you sit?” (Page2). This shows that Proctor is being polite and tender with Abigail. This is important because audience might think that Proctor still has feelings for Abigail. Next, “I came to tell you Abby, what I will do tomorrow in the court. I wouldn’t take you by surprise, but give you all god time to think on what to do to your self.” (Page 3) John is still showing feelings for her, like being polite, tender and kind. He is using Abby instead of Abigail indicating that he still has feelings for her.
Therefore Act II, scene ii must be excluded from perspectives of the play.