In The Crucible, in what ways has Mary Warren changed, and what changed her?

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In outward terms, Mary Warren changes from a rather timid young girl into a much more confident, assertive character. This is because, for the first time in her life, she's now the center of attention. Adult authority figures in court hang on her every word, and this gives her a sense of power and control. It also gives her the confidence to resist John Proctor's impassioned pleas to tell the truth instead of blindly following Abigail Williams.

At heart, though, Mary doesn't change all that much. Her newfound assertiveness is entirely artificial, created by the strange circumstances of the Salem witch craze. Deep down, she remains nothing more than a frightened child, unable to stand up for what's right for fear of what the wicked Abigail might do to her.

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At the beginning of the play, Mary Warren is characterized as a bit of a frantic, whiney, cowardly girl who doesn't have much backbone.  As the girls gather around Betty and are talking about what to do, Mary Warren comes in, freaking out.  She is super worried that they are going to get in trouble for the dancing they did the previous night.  She wants them all to 'fess up to the dancing so that she doesn't get into trouble.  She adds, self-righteously, "I never done none of it, Abby.  I only looked!"  First of all, while the dancing was going on, Mercy was to much of a "goody-goody" if you will, to join into the dancing. Then she is the first to wuss out and want to confess their crimes.  At least, this is the impression that Miller puts across.  Abby is seen as the popular ring-leader and Mary is the more annoying pansy of the group.  Abby summarizes it well: "Oh, you're a great one for lookin', aren't you Mary Warren?  What a grand peeping courage you have!"

Later however, in Act Two, we see Mary grow a bit of a backbone.  She is "an official of the court now", all high on her major role in the accusations of witchcraft.  For the first time, probably, she feels accepted, noticed, and important.  People listen to her.  She even confidently declares to John Proctor, "I'll not stand whipping any more" in the face of threats that used to send her cowering.  She demands that he "speak civilly" to her.  This change comes from her acceptance in Abby's "clan", in a sense of righteous duty in the courts, and in her very word being the force that impacts so many lives there.

But then, when Proctor wants her to face Abby, she turns into a quivering mass of fear again, trembling at the thought of turning on the girls. She knows what power they have.  When she gets to the courts she tries to be strong, but eventually turns on Proctor.  It seems that the only time that she can be strong and confident is in the arms of Abby and her clan, and unfortunately, it has devastating results.

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the end of Act 2, Mary Warren begins to make a change but by the end of Act 3 she goes right back to the way she was before.  At the end of Act 2, after finding out that Abigail has accused his wife of witchcraft, John Proctorthreatens Mary Warren’s life if she does not go to court to tell the judges that the girls are lying.  This is the first change in Mary Warren because in Act 3, she actually does go to court and tries to tell the judges that the girls are lying.  However, once the girls begin to accuse her of witchcraft, she quickly goes back to her old story – that she too is being bewitched.  She then joins the other girls in accusing John Proctor of being a witch.

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In what way has Mary Warren changed and what changed her in The Crucible?

Over the course of the play, Mary Warren nearly changes, as develops new traits the stem from her experiences in at the trials. However, in the end Mary Warren regresses and her part in the story ends as it began, in meekness and acquiescence. 

Mary Warren is the Proctors' servant who seems timid and subservient but who finds a powerful role in a kind of people's jury in the courtroom.

Early in the play Mary Warren is seen as the frightened and meek member of the group of girls. She recommends that they admit what they have done to avoid larger trouble. She is immediately defeated by Abigail in this effort and made to agree with Abigail's story under threat from Abigail. 

As the trials get underway, Mary Warren defies John Proctors orders and attends hearings as a witness. The experience flushes her with a new sense of power. She feels that she no longer needs to be as meek as she had been. Her rebellion ends when Proctor convinced her to speak on Elizabeth's behalf at court, admitting to the fraud that the girls have committed. 

At court, Mary Warren attempts to be strong and to buck the authority of Abigail by telling the truth. Abigail is too strong for her, however, and Mary Warren's brief development of strength and defiance is ended. Abigail dominates Mary Warren with an ingenious deception, acting as if Mary Warren were haunting her with a spirit. 

This threat is understood by Mary Warren. She will be accused and convicted of witchcraft if she persists in telling the truth. Yet, she will have a chance to save the life of Elizabeth Proctor with the truth. 

In order to tell the truth in the face of Abigail's threat, Mary Warren would have to truly be strong. She would have had to actually change and mature in the story. This change has not taken place on a deep enough level, as Mary Warren's actions prove. She relents and saves herself.

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How has Mary Warren changed in The Crucible?

Mary Warren really doesn't change from the beginning of the play to the end.  In the beginning, in Act One, she is too timid to stand up to the other girls and tell the truth about their activities after Abigail physically threatens her.  She says, "Abby, we've got to tell.  Witchery's a hangin' error [...].  We must tell the truth."  She seems to genuinely fear that Betty Parris's and Ruth Putnam's illnesses are the result of their conjuring spirits in the woods.  However, when Abigail threatens her with "a pointy reckoning" in the middle of the night if she tells, Mary backs down.

In the end, in Act Three, she is too afraid to stand up to the other girls in court when it becomes clear that they are going to accuse her of witchcraft.  When Abigail claims to see Mary's spirit in the shape of a yellow bird who wants to "tear [her] face," Mary panics and turns on John Proctor, screaming, "You're the Devil's man!"  So, Mary seems to have principals, but only until her own safety is at stake.

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