How were John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Mary Warren and Tituba victimized during the trial in The Crucible?  

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MARY WARREN: The girls Mary was trying to help Proctor thwart, turned on her in Act three as anyone would to protect themselves. They began acting as if Mary had sent her "spirit" into the shape of a bird in the rafters and they copied everything she said. Abigail commented on "seeing" this bird:

"Her wings are spreading! Mary, please don't, don't  - !"

This caused an incredible chaos and Mary converted to the girls once again.

JOHN PROCTOR: This honorable man makes himself a victim by revealing that he indeed took Abigail as a harlot and commited adultery against his wife. John says about Abigail:

"I have known her sir. I have known her."

ELIZABETH PROCTOR: Her victimization is brought on by John's confession. Danforth uses this to check if she will lie. She did not hear John confess the reason Abigail was removed from their home. In an effort to protect him, she confesses something somewhat close to the truth:

"I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits, I think, and put her out on the highroad."

John had already told the judge that his wife would never lie. Although this is close to the truth, it is indeed a lie. Thus, it makes the judges wonder if she was lying about her pregnancy too.

TITUBA: This woman wasn't really victimized during the trial that we see on stage, but obviously all it took to seal her fate was a charge from Abigail early on, or an offstage scene. We do learn in the beginning of Act IV that Tituba is in jail, and is hysterical about flying away to Barbados.


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