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bobaboba | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:10 AM via web

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In act three of The Crucible what do the girls do to convince the judges that they are innocent?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 31, 2011 at 6:55 AM (Answer #1)

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In act three of The Crucible, John Proctor and his friends present many pieces of very sound, logical evidence to try to prove both the innocence of their wives and the deception of the girls who are behind all of the accusations.  Unfortunately, every single attempt fails.  The first, a petition of 99 people attesting to the innocence of the women, is dismissed and those 99 people themselves are arrested.  Then, when Giles Corey brings forth a testimony of someone who heard Putnam prompt his daughter to cry out witchcraft on Jacobs in order to get his land, Corey is arrested for not releasing the name of the witness.

Their last hope rests in Mary Warren's testimony that the girls are pretending.  However, that fails when Mary can't faint all alone, and, then, Abby starts pretending that Marry Warren is bewitching her in the courtroom. Abby claims to be icy cold, and that it is Mary's spirit doing it to her.  The judges automatically believe her.  After that, when John's attempt to prove Abby dishonest because of his affair fails, Abby goes at it again.  She leads all of the girls in claiming that Mary's spirit has come into the courtroom in the form of a yellow bird that wants to claw her eyes out.  Again, the judges believer her completely.  The judges are so convinced, in fact, that Ma turns on John and calls him a "Devil's man" so that the girls will stop making her look like the witch.

The hard thing to believe, for us, is that the courts believed these girls; however, because of their society's belief in the devil and wit chcraft, and probably through some great acting on the girls' parts, they did.  I hope that helped; good luck!

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