What is your favorite quote and why?
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My favorite quote is from act II when Proctor says "It is winter in here yet". It is so simplistic a statement, yet truly indicative of the state of that marriage. John is walking on eggshells to try to please Elizabeth, but she cannot let either of them move past his dalliance with Abigail.
My favorite quote is one that the audience hears indirectly from Elizabeth. It is Giles Corey saying, "More weight". It signifies a character who in the face of all the hysteria stands firm and strong and refuses to flinch or waver. It reminds me of William Wallace in Braveheart who chooses to scream "Freedom!" during excruciating pain even when he is offered a quick and 'merciful' way out of the pain.
At one point Reverend Hale has come to the Proctor's home and is interviewing them to determine their Christian character, and Proctor cannot recite all ten commandments. He says to Hale that they can remember the commandments between them, so it should be considered a small fault. Hale responds:
Theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small.
Besides just being a great line, I think it is a window into the soul of Reverend Hale and how he thinks.
"We burn a hot fire here, it melts down all concealment." Danforth
Great line, extreme relevance to the play. It's true, at the end of the play Procter's concealment is melted; his affair is no longer a secret. Abigail is shown to be the fraud she truly is when she runs away with Parris' money. Elizabeth's internal warmth is shown towards the end of Act 4.
The entire hysteria was truly a crucible; the true elements of each person where brought to light.
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