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When Mary Warren first appears in The Crucible, the stage notes indicate that she's "seventeen, a subservient, naïve girl." Mary Warren is modeled after the historical Mary Ann Warren, born in...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2020, 4:39 pm (UTC)

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In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Abigail Williams is portrayed as a manipulative young lady who leads a group of girls into a deception that explodes into accusations, convictions, and executions...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021, 1:00 am (UTC)

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In some ways, Hale does not change from act 1 to act 3. When Hale arrives in act 1, he is borderline arrogant in his ability to find the Devil's presence in Salem and rid the town of witchcraft. He...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019, 5:04 am (UTC)

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Abigail is a young girl in Puritan Salem, and she lies in order to protect herself. One way to pull textual evidence showing how she is manipulative is to find examples of these lies. When the play...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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John Proctor suddenly and dramatically reveals his adultery to the court in Act III of The Crucible with the words: I have known her, sir. I have known her. This rather euphemistic way of...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 7:31 am (UTC)

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In Act Three, Danforth questions Mary Warren and Abigail Williams in court about Abigail's testimony against Elizabeth Proctor as well as Mary's new accusations that Abigail and the other girls are...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2017, 9:15 am (UTC)

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John Proctor is a different man by the end of The Crucible, as his character evolves from a self-loathing sinner to an upright, moral man. At the beginning of the play, John is intent on hiding his...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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In the play, Abigail Williams is a crafty, insensitive young woman with an "endless capacity for dissembling." She is primarily responsible for spreading the witchcraft hysteria that consumes Salem...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2020, 10:46 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the play, Abigail lies to her uncle when he asks what she was doing in the woods with the girls. Abigail lies by saying, "We did dance, uncle, and when you leaped out of the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020, 3:04 pm (UTC)

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Abigail Williams and John Proctor are former lovers who engaged in an affair seven months before the start of the play. Abigail is John's former servant; she was dismissed from her duties after...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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In act 3 of The Crucible, John Proctor goes to the court in order to free his wife. During this testimony, he admits a number of things to Danforth and all those present. First, he says Mary Warren...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019, 9:37 pm (UTC)

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Prior to act 3, Reverend Hale had been doing his own independent investigation to examine whether or not the accused civilians are capable of colluding with the devil. His independent investigation...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2021, 3:01 pm (UTC)

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In The Crucible, the last line in the play spoken by Elizabeth Proctor is, He have his goodness now, God forbid I take it from him. What Elizabeth means is that her husband, John Proctor, has...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2020, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Initially, John Proctor decides to offer a false confession and sign the document in hopes of saving his life. Proctor recognizes that he is a sinner and refuses to "mount the gibbet like a saint."...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2020, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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At the end of act 3, after it has been made clear that Danforth is either unable or unwilling to discern the liars from the honest people, John Proctor declares that "God is dead!" And, further, he...

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In act 4 of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, a fictionalized dramatization of the Salem witch trials of 1692, Reverend Samuel Parris tells Deputy Governor Danforth, who was presiding over the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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In act 3, John Proctor forces Mary Warren to travel into Salem with him and confess the truth about the proceedings by telling the court officials that Abigail Williams and the girls are frauds....

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019, 11:46 am (UTC)

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John Proctor is prepared, albeit reluctantly, to confess that he's guilty of witchcraft. This is a completely false charge, of course, but under the circumstances, John feels he has no choice....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2020, 10:36 am (UTC)

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There are numerous conflicts throughout Arthur Miller's classic play The Crucible, which heighten the drama and highlight the themes of hysteria, corruption, and deceit. The primary Man vs. Self...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020, 3:04 pm (UTC)

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Abigail Williams makes it abundantly clear to the other girls that if they ever open their mouths about what they got up to in the forest that night, they'll be in serious trouble. To be specific,...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020, 10:33 am (UTC)

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"Hysteria" is a term that can be used with varying degrees of precision, from a psychiatric diagnosis at one end of the spectrum to any type of general panic at the other. In the vaguest sense, all...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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John Proctor has come to a point in his persecution that he knows the time for pretense has ended. He knows that he is a sinner; he has committed adultery and lied about it. And in his reluctance...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020, 1:25 am (UTC)

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In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Judge Danforth is primarily interested in one person: himself. We get our first clue about that in the notes introducing the judge. He is a grave man in his...

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In act 1, scene 1 of Arthur Miller's play about the Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Reverend Samuel Parris, Salem's minister for the past three years, says that he's sent for Rev. John Hale, a...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2020, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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The argument can be made that the girls are most to blame for the Salem witch trials in The Crucible. Before the start of the play, Abigail Williams, Betty, Mercy Lewis, Mary Warren, Ruth Putnam,...

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The most obvious reason Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible (or anything else, really) is because he had a story to tell. Without that, he would not have been inspired to write. It is true, however,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2013, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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Mary Warren undergoes a significant change in demeanor in act 2 of The Crucible, after she has participated in the court proceedings of the witch trials. Though we don't see much of Mary in act 1,...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2021, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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The Crucible is chock full of so many interesting and complicated characters and a number of compelling themes that your options for addressing it via a thesis statement abound. You could examine...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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In The Crucible, the Reverend Parris has a narrow range of concerns, most of which are related to his own safety, status, and prosperity. His most humane and creditable concern is with the health...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020, 10:52 am (UTC)

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John Proctor has lost everything, but the one thing he has left is his good name, his reputation. As John says himself, he's already given the authorities his soul, what he won't do is give them...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 5:25 am (UTC)

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John Proctor presents what he calls a "testament" to Justice Danforth, saying "the people signing it declare their good opinion of Rebecca and my wife, and Martha Corey." He then says the people...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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Whether or not Arthur Miller had this specific idea in mind when he was writing The Crucible, one of the major messages of the play is certainly that a crisis for the community is a golden...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020, 11:26 am (UTC)

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The main conflict between John Proctor and Reverend Parris concerns Parris's fire-and-brimstone sermons and hypocritical nature. John Proctor views Reverend Parris as a cold, superficial man who is...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021, 3:18 pm (UTC)

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The following dialogue is given by Abigail Williams and directed at Mary Warren, Betty Parris, and Mercy Lewis: Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020, 9:42 pm (UTC)

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The girls were dancing in the woods because they were participating in superstitious rituals with Parris' Barbadian slave, Tituba. In Act 1, Abigail says that, as they danced, "Tituba conjured...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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The Proctors's fraught marriage complicates their lives considerably. It's not enough that they somehow have to live with the constant fear whipped up by the witch-hunting hysteria. They must also...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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In The Crucible, John Proctor speaks the line in response to a question from Judge Danforth. Already convinced that Proctor is in league with the devil, Danforth is demanding that he confess....

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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In Arthur Miller's classic play The Crucible, he chronicles the events that transpired during the Salem witch trials in the spring of 1692. Historically, more than two hundred people were accused...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Tituba is depicted as a compassionate, naive woman who is manipulated by Abigail Williams and perpetuates the witchcraft hysteria the moment she recognizes she is the scapegoat. Tituba is Reverend...

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In Act Two, Reverend Hale visits John Proctor's home in order to do some independent investigation. When he enters John's home, Reverend Hale mentions that he has come on his own accord because...

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"First they came for the Communists, - but I was not a communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, - but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then...

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Abigail stabs herself with a needle. She does this in order to cast suspicion on Elizabeth Proctor. If Elizabeth Proctor is convicted of witchcraft, then Elizabeth will be executed. John will...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016, 3:07 pm (UTC)

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Giles Corey refuses to answer "aye" or "nay" during his indictment as an attempt to protect the well-being of his family. He cannot be sent to the gallows to hang without an answer. Knowing that...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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Abigail, Tituba, and the girls were dancing around a fire that was supporting a boiling pot. Most of them were casting harmless "spells" they had learned from Tituba, but Abigail's spell...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2007, 1:14 am (UTC)

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The first instance concerning Thomas Putnam's comments regarding a land dispute occurs in act one. While Thomas Putnam, John Proctor, and Giles Corey are visiting Reverend Parris's home, the men...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017, 11:01 pm (UTC)

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In act 1 of The Crucible, Abigail drinks blood as a charm to bring about Elizabeth Proctor's death because she is envious of Elizabeth and desires John Proctor. When Reverend Parris demands to know...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2017, 8:50 am (UTC)

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Abigail deflects blame onto Tituba, Reverend Parris's Barbadian slave, near the end of Act One. When Hale asks her what she is hiding and if she's sold her soul to the devil, she points at Tituba,...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2018, 12:51 am (UTC)

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In act 3, John Proctor confesses to adultery as a last resort to undermine Abigail, prove the girls are frauds, and put an end to the unjust proceedings. In order to prove this weighty accusation...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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In act 1, Reverend Hale, Thomas Putnam, and Reverend Parris interrogate Tituba, who becomes a scapegoat after Abigail Williams accuses her of colluding with the devil and sending her spirit on her...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019, 12:47 pm (UTC)

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Hale came to Salem feeling quite confident in his abilities to root out the Devil and force him to let go of good Christians. But as time passes, he becomes less and less confident about...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016, 10:20 am (UTC)

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