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What are some quotes said from Mary Warren in the play The Crucible?

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 The Crucible, how has Reverend Hale changed from when we first see him to the end of act 3?  

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 Williams Quotes

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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What are some examples of hysteria in The Crucible?

"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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In The Crucible, explain what Elizabeth means when she says, "He have his goodness now, God forbid I take it from him."

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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In The Crucible, why did John Proctor decide to tear up his signed confession?  

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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What are some quotes about when Abigail tries to accuse Elizabeth of stabbing her with the needle?

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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What are the main conflicts in The Crucible and why?

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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In act 3 of The Crucible, what does John openly admit to Danforth?

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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In act 4 of The Crucible, why does John Proctor decide to confess but refuse to sign a written confession?

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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What is the relationship between Abigail and John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller?

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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What are some good thesis statements for an essay on The Crucible?

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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How does John Proctor's character change from the beginning of The Crucible to the end of the play?  Think...

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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How does Abigail turn the court against Mary Warren in The Crucible?

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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What is a quote said by John Proctor in Act 3 in which he reveals his sin of adultery?

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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At the end of act 3, what does John Proctor's quote try to say to the audience? Proctor [laughs insanely, then]:...

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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What threat does Abigail make to the other girls in The Crucible?

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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In "The Crucible", why does Reverend Hale change his story about witchcraft? This is from Act 3.

Reverend Hale changes his position on the witch trials because he is determined to save John Proctor from execution. He becomes convinced that Abigail Williams is a liar in Act III, after she is...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 2:14 am UTC

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Thomas Putnam Quotes

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 3 of The Crucible, what does Danforth say about the 91 people who signed the petition to declare their good...

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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Act 2: How has Hale changed since he arrived in Salem?  Why is he testing Proctor and Elizabeth?  Why hasn't Proctor...

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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Describe Abigail's affair with John Proctor in The Crucible.

Miller does not go into specific details regarding Abigail Williams and John Proctor's affair, but their brief romance has a profound impact on the play and is a catalyst for the witch trials....

Latest answer posted December 17, 2020 11:03 am UTC

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In act 4 of The Crucible, it is revealed that Abigail Williams has run away from Salem, but her motives are never...

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 III of The Crucible, what is Mary Warren's lie in court?

In the play, Mary Warren is portrayed as a spineless young woman with low self-esteem. Mary Warren is terrified of Abigail Williams and agrees to corroborate her story in act 1 after Abigail...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 12:22 pm UTC

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What happened in the woods the night Before Act 1 begins?

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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In The Crucible, what most concerns Reverend Parris?

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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Why is John Proctor unwilling to sign the confession? What is the significance of his "name"?

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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What are three examples of when Abigail lied in The Crucible?  

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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Why did Arthur Miller write The Crucible?

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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In The Crucible, what message is Arthur Miller trying to get across to the reader?

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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In The Crucible, Hale asks John to recite the Ten Commandments and he can't recite all of them.  Elizabeth must...

Reverend Hale believes that "Theology [...] is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small." He chastises John Proctor for John's apparent lack of conformity to the doctrine of their...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016 11:59 am UTC

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Why were the girls dancing in the wood? Why was this act considered to be a crime within Salem? 

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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In "The Crucible,"what accusation does Giles Corey make about Thomas Putnam? 

Giles Corey comes to court in ACT III to file a deposition that Thomas Putnam is essentially encouraging his daughter to accuse people of witchcraft so that he can claim their land. When someone is...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2015 5:35 pm UTC

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What does John Proctor mean when he says that "God is dead" in act 3 of The Crucible?  

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 act 3 of The Crucible, when Mary Warren says she pretended to faint in court, what is she asked to do?

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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what does John Proctor mean in his comment at the end of act three of The Crucible? The Crucible Act threee

When Danforth demands that Proctor confess to witchcraft, John Proctor responds that “God is dead” and they will all burn in hell together. He says this because the people of Salem are the ones...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 5:25 pm UTC

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In act 1 of The Crucible, when Abigail is questioned by Reverend Hale, who does she blame?  What proof does she offer?

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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Discuss the changes in Mary Warren in Act 2.

One of the most evident changes in Mary is that she is more assertive. In Act I, when Proctor enters and threatens to beat her, she is much more timid. In Act II, she presents herself as much...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 8:45 am UTC

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In The Crucible, why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctors?

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...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 9:29 am UTC

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What is the conflict between John Proctor and Reverend Parris in The Crucible?

Throughout the play, both characters challenge each other, as Proctor ends up fighting for his life and Reverend Parris does his best to remain in his important position. Initially, John Proctor...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017 9:01 am UTC

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In The Crucible, why can't Mary Warren tell the truth in court?  

In act 3, John Proctor forces Mary Warren to travel with him to address Salem's court concerning the girls' false testimonies. Mary Warren not only fears repercussions from Abigail and the others...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017 5:57 pm UTC

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What is the conflict between Rebecca and Mrs. Putnam in The Crucible?

Rebecca is totally "horrified" that Ann Putnam would send her one surviving daughter, Ruth, to conjure the spirits of her other dead children. However, Mrs. Putnam shouts back, "Let God blame me,...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 10:25 am UTC

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Discuss the internal and external conflicts of John Proctor in The Crucible.

John Proctor's internal conflict stems from the fact that he is an independent thinker who has consented to live in a society that demands conformity in thought and action. Though Proctor loves his...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2017 10:19 pm UTC

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How does Abigail get stabbed with the needle and how are the doll and the needle used in The Crucible?

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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From The Crucible, I need evidence and quotes that Judge Danforth is a prideful man.

Judge Danforth is an incredibly prideful man, as evidenced by the fact that anyone who tries to disprove his judgments of witchcraft is shut down, dismissed, questioned and often arrested. He is a...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2011 9:46 am UTC

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What is John Proctor's inner conflict in The Crucible?

John Proctor's internal conflict throughout the play concerns his decision to reveal his infidelity in order to undermine Abigail's psychological hold on the court and community. In the austere...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 10:02 am UTC

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What is the literal meaning when Proctor says "We are only what we always were, but naked now.  Aye! and the wind....

The literal meaning of a word, phrase or sentence, is its true or normal meaning - its denotation and is in contrast to its figurative or symbolic meaning. In this context, then, what John Proctor...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 7:13 pm UTC

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We Burn A Hot Fire Here It Melts Down All Concealment

In Act Three, Mary Warren tells Deputy Governor Danforth that Abigail and the other girls are lying. Danforth then looks at John Proctor and says to him, "We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 10:37 pm UTC

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In The Crucible, how and why does Giles die? Why wasn't he hanged?

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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Identify an example of irony in Act II of The Crucible?

In Act II Reverend Hale pays a visit to the Proctors farm. Since he is new in town, he has been visiting the homes of the townspeople in order to "test the Christian character of the house." Of...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2011 11:04 pm UTC

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