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In Act 3, what are the consequences of Elizabeth lying?

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In Act 3, what are the consequences of Elizabeth lying?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM (Answer #1)

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The result of Elizabeth's lie is to make a bad situation worse for herself and Proctor. She is asked by Danforth whether her husband had an affair with Abigail, and she denies it, wanting to save Proctor's reputation. However, she does not know that Proctor has already confessed to this just a few moments before, and furthermore, that he declared emphatically to Danforth that Elizabeth is strictly truthful. Hale realises her innocent motive for lying, that she simply wanted to protect her husband, but Danforth's suspicions of the Proctors increase because of it. Also, if Elizabeth had told the truth about Proctor and Abigail, Abigail would have been discredited in court. As it is, Abigail emerges even stronger from the scene, particularly when she further manages to convince Danforth that she and the other girls are being attacked by Mary Warren's spirit, while Proctor ends up in jail.

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