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- How do the witch trials empower individuals who were previously powerless?
- Why are authorities so resistant to believing the claim that Abigail states is true?
- What is the main theme of the story?
- Who is your favorite character and how did they develop over the course of the play?
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What is the main theme of the story?
Though I feel there are several strong themes in this piece, the most potent theme relates to the idea that personal integrity can function as personal redemption. Proctor is ready to sacrifice the value of his life in order to save his life. This, he realizes, will leave him empty. He turns away from this choice and instead is redeemed by his integrity. He dies an honest man instead of living as a compromised one.
My favorite character is Elizabeth Proctor. She is a woman who has endured personal and social difficulties, yet at the play's end, she has matured and is able to support her husband fully in a way that she has never been able to do before. While I do think that Elizabeth is too hard on herself, she is admirably a loyal, devoted wife to John, and her strength eventually helps him do what he knows is the right thing to do.
I guess you could say that it empowers the girls. They would surely have been pretty powerless before -- being young and female in that society would not give you much power. But then when they started to make their accusations, suddenly they have power. It must have been very intoxicating to them to be so important when they used to be so powerless.
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