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renwesley | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:01 AM via web

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What are some of some symptoms of witchcraft that Abigail and her followers show in The Crucible?

I need to know some symptoms of witchcraft that Abigail and/or her followers displayed throughout The Crucible such as unconsciousness and hallucinations (Ex. The Yellow Bird when Mary Warren were accusing the girls for fakery). It would be greatly appreciated if you could also give me the page number in the Crucible where this happened. Thanks a lot guys.

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tolchowy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 2, 2011 at 8:04 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act I, Scene i, Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam are both unable to wake: 

ABIGAIL: Yes, Uncle. (He goes out with Putnam.) How is Ruth sick?
MERCY: It’s weirdish, I know not—she seems to walk like a dead one since last night.

Abigail attributes their inability to wake to excessive fright as a result of Reverend Parris catching them dancing in the woods around a pot with frogs in it.  They had convinced the Parris' slave, Tituba, to help them cast a spell on Elizabeth Proctor so that John Proctor would leave her for Abigail. 

In Act I, Scene i Betty also tries to fly out the window and she screams when she hears people praying in the Parris home. 

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