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In the Crucible, are there any quotes that highlight a woman as less powerful in the...

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silvercityjane | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2007 at 2:37 AM via web

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In the Crucible, are there any quotes that highlight a woman as less powerful in the community of Salem? Thanks!

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 3, 2007 at 6:48 AM (Answer #1)

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"She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance."

This quote by Proctor in the courtroom displays his condescending attitude towards women.  Although Abigail is clearly at fault, this quote by Proctor shows that he lusted, that he took advantage, and shows little attention to Abigail's feelings.

Parris: I have given you a home, child, I have put clothes upon your back-- now give me an upright answer. Your name in town-- it is entirely white, is it not?

Abigail: Why, I am sure it is, sir. There be no blush about my name.

In this exchange, Parris is challenging Abigail's reputation.  He has heard rumors.  Being so concerned about it shows the tremendous pressure women were under.  A double standard existed, in which the virtues of women were more insisted upon then the virtues of men.

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