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In "The Crucible" why does Mary Warren turn against John Proctor? What...

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koko286 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 2, 2008 at 4:40 PM via web

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In "The Crucible" why does Mary Warren turn against John Proctor? What techniques are used in that scene?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 2, 2008 at 7:21 PM (Answer #1)

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At the end of Act 2 in "The Crucible", John Proctor threatens Mary Warren's life if she does not go to the court to testify to the judges that the girls have been lying. She is extremely hesitatant to go because she fears that Abigail and the girls will charge her with being a witch -- and this is exactly what begins to happen in Act 3. When Mary begins to tell the court the truth, the other girls, lead by Abigail, begin to mimic her every word; therefore, trying to show the judges that Mary is bewitching them. Instead of taking the fall herself, Mary goes against John by telling the court that he is a witch and was forcing her to tell the court that the girls were lying.

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tahmazis | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM (Answer #2)

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Mary Warren screams this to John Proctor when she turns her back on him. "No, I love God! I go your way no more! I love God, I bless God.

Mary Warren then sobs and rushes to Abigail saying. "Abby, Abby, I'll never hurt you."

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gner8r | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM (Answer #3)

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what is the quote for that ???

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