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jess29xoxo | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM via web

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What do we learn about why Mary Warren gives the poppet to Elizabeth in Arthur Miller's The Crucible?

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

Posted October 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act II ofThe Crucible, Mary Warren returns from court and brings Elizabeth Proctor a poppet (or doll).  Mary Warren, when she presents the gift to Elizabeth, tells us that she made it in order to make peace with Elizabeth.  Mary Warren that she made the doll in court for Goody Proctor because "We must all love each other now...."  

Later in the act, when the Proctor household is being searched, John Proctor brings Mary Warren in to again explain where the doll came from.  Mary Warren reiterates that she made the doll in court for Elizabeth; she even tell Cheever and Hale that Abigail Williams saw her making the doll.  All they need to do is ask Abby.

Here is where Abigail's diabolical plan comes to fruition.  Abigail claims Goody Proctor's spirit stabbed her with a needle, so when they find the sitting on the mantle, they believe they have the evidence needed to arrest Elizabeth.

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