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Why is Proctor arrested at the end of the Act?
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Trying to save Elizabeth from being condemned as a witch, Proctor calls out Abigail as a harlot, confessing to the court that he had an affair with Abigail. Ironically, Elizabeth Proctor (known for always being truthful) lies to the court about the affair, hoping to protect John from the shame of being a known adulterer. Abigail, with the help of the other girls, then turns her eyes back to Mary Warren, accusing her of bewitching them. Despite Proctor trying to encourage Mary to stand strong on the truth, and to hold to her profession that the entire proceedings have been based on lies, Mary begins to cave under the pressure. She turns on Proctor herself, accusing him of witchcraft and of coercing her to go with him to overthrow the courts. Mary claims that she is turning back to God, leaving the courts to charge and arrest Proctor.
Posted by writergal06 on October 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM (Answer #1)
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