List some of the most obvious themes in this play and give examples of them to trace them throughout the drama.What threads do you see from Act to Act and scene to scene connecting these themes...

List some of the most obvious themes in this play and give examples of them to trace them throughout the drama.

What threads do you see from Act to Act and scene to scene connecting these themes throughout as an important idea in the development of the overall story.

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cmcqueeney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the most obvious theme is the individual vs. the community.  This theme begins with the first act and Abigai's control over the group of young girls.  Throughout the play, she gains control over the entire town as she pretends to do God's work in pointing out evil.  The theme is also portrayed through John Proctor who attempts to stand against the tide of the community.  It could be argued that Abigail wins and Proctor loses in the battle for individual control over the community because Abigail lives and escapes.  It could also be argued that Proctor wins, however, even though he dies, because he maintains his strength, identity, and character despite the mass hysteria around him.  His stand along with other righteous citizens who die in the hysteria eventually turns the tide of the community when people begin to admit that innocent people have been and are being accused and killed.

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