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What do you infer is the real reason Mary gives Elizabeth the gift in The Crucible?

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lizzle | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 21, 2007 at 11:32 AM via web

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What do you infer is the real reason Mary gives Elizabeth the gift in The Crucible?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 21, 2007 at 11:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Abigail has asked Mary to do this.  Abigail at this point has gained control of the town.  The people that she is accusing are being persecuted with little investigation.  Mary fears Abigail, as she has a right to do.  Although she tries to help the Proctors and tell the truth, she is quickly swayed by Abigail's intimidation.  Therefore, her reason is to obey Abigail.

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 21, 2007 at 11:37 AM (Answer #2)

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I agree that Mary was manipulated into giving the doll to Elizabeth in order for Abigail to frame her for witchcraft.  Mary may have felt sorry for spending so much time at the trial instead of working for the Proctor's and gives the gift as a bit of atonement, but there is little doubt that Abigail used Mary to get at Elizabeth.

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