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Proctor comes to the court and tells them that his wife, Elizabeth, has not seen any spirits. She has signed a deposition to prove this claim. Danforth is in shock and worries over this new twist....

Latest answer posted November 20, 2014 4:06 pm UTC

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This line is uttered towards the end of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. John Proctor is about to be hanged for witchcraft but has decided to confess to the crimes he has been accused of. He...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2018 8:32 am UTC

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First, John Proctor has his own testimony; Abigail Williams told him that the girls' illness has nothing to do with witchcraft, that Reverend Parris simply surprised the girls in the forest and...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 10:19 am UTC

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In Act Two, officials of the court travel to John Proctor's home to arrest his wife after Abigail claims Elizabeth sent her spirit to murder her. After Reverend Hale informs Elizabeth that Abigail...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2017 6:54 pm UTC

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Good question. In The Crucible, Tituba's role and significance is often overlooked. Like many others accused of witchcraft, she is both innocent and guilty, but because of the social circumstances,...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2012 8:26 pm 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 “The Crucible,” the play begins with Betty Parris lying on the bed. She is not moving, and her uncle is having a conversation with cousin Abigail about why not. Though Abigail denies any...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2015 1:02 pm UTC

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At the end of Act Three, Reverend Hale leaves Salem. He has tried to ensure that the court operates fairly, asking for John Proctor to be heard, but when he realizes that Danforth is unwilling to...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2017 12:16 pm UTC

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In addition to the reasons mentioned by my esteemed colleagues above, there is also the vindictive nature and greed of the Putnams which one should consider. Anne Putnam is obviously greatly...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015 7:21 pm UTC

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Danforth allows Elizabeth to speak to John because he hopes that she will convince him to confess to witchcraft. He says to her, "Be there no wifely tenderness within you? He will die with the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 12:14 pm UTC

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Here are two adjectives for each character, with brief explanations. Abigail is guileful and underhand. Abigail is not a likeable character, but she is the product of childhood trauma, followed by...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 10:00 am UTC

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Act 3 of The Crucible is the scene in the courtroom when the judge is hearing testimony from different witnesses and deciding whether to admit Mary Warren’s deposition. There are examples of mass...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2020 12:20 pm UTC

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Abigail takes the opportunity presented by the witch hunt to implicate Elizabeth and punish her for stopping the illicit affair between Abigail and John. It is clear from the story that Abigail is...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 9:30 am UTC

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Some of the most effective quotes about hysteria in The Crucible reflect how calm deliberation gives way to emotional panic, a shift that Miller saw in the 1950s American fear of communism. There...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016 1:53 pm UTC

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Judge Danforth holds more power. Firstly, he is deputy governor of the state and secondly, he is the presiding officer, which mean he sits on the bench and hears evidence. He is also the one who...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 11:28 am UTC

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Mrs. Putnam’s jealousy of Rebecca Nurse stems from the fact that Mrs. Putnam has had many children die in childbirth, while Rebecca Nurse has had no problem bearing children. Ultimately, this leads...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016 6:06 pm UTC

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A crucible can be defined as a test and a metal or ceramic container in which chemicals are combined at high temperatures. In "The Crucible," Salem's morality and logic are tested. Although there...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 7:43 pm UTC

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In Act Four, John Proctor falsely admits to colluding with the Devil and being involved in witchcraft. However, Deputy Governor Danforth insists that Proctor sign his confession for the town to...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2017 9:37 pm UTC

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Arthur Miller describes Abigail Williams as having an "endless capacity for dissembling," and she proceeds to manipulate the town's authority figures while rising to the top of Salem’s social...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 7:37 pm UTC

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Reverend Parris is motivated by his need to maintain credibility and authority in the community. At first, he fears that his enemies will ruin him with the knowledge that there is witchcraft, and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 8:35 pm UTC

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There is also some conflict between Reverend Parris and the Putnams. Mrs. Putnam sent her daughter, Ruth, to Tituba to conjure the spirits of Ruth's dead brothers and sisters. She wishes to know...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2017 10:13 am UTC

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In Act 2 of "The Crucible," (particularly Scene 3) Hale first approaches the Proctors because Elizabeth's name was mentioned in the court. Then Hale tells the Proctors that, from Parris' records,...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2012 7:32 pm UTC

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Thomas Putnam illustrates the way secular grievances and religious superstitions can come together to wreak havoc on a community. Putnam is bitter for a variety of reasons that include feeling...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020 2:38 pm UTC

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Elizabeth knows about the affair and does not deny that it happened. It is a source of tension between her and John throughout the play. She does publicly deny it though when asked. John goes...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2015 9:27 pm UTC

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To answer this question best, it helps to put yourself in Tituba's situation. She holds a very inferior position in her society; she is a slave, and her worth is not counted for much. To start...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2009 5:47 am UTC

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In Act One, in one of his authorial intrusions, Arthur Miller explains how Francis Nurse acquired his land and status: by renting and purchasing the property bit by bit, he was able to increase his...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 9:35 pm UTC

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Miller's paradox of Salem takes two forms. The literal meaning is that the girls in the opening of the play, Act I, are actually engaging in witchcraft. Yet, instead of the focus being placed on...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2009 10:24 am UTC

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In act 1, scene 3, Giles Corey asks Reverend John Hale, "What signifies the readin' of strange books?" Corey goes on to explain that he often finds his wife, Martha, reading strange books, and...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019 4:41 am UTC

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Elizabeth's denial introduces probably the most powerful and damning turning-point in the play. Her husband, John Proctor, approached the court to testify as to her innocence after she had been...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 11:06 am UTC

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In the moving climax of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, John Proctor rips up the confession he has just given to Danforth. The courts spent the act convincing Proctor that he should confess to...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012 3:21 am UTC

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Giles Corey asked for “more weight” during his questioning for two major reasons: Giles Corey may have asked for more weight out of rebellion. He understood the law and his rights as an individual...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 6:30 am UTC

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This is one of the most interesting parts of the play. Elizabeth's lie is meant to save her husband and her marriage. She lies in order to achieve a higher notion of the good. It is a very...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2010 12:52 pm UTC

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What the quotation means is that although the adults of Salem haven't changed all that much, the children most certainly have. They're the ones who are now in charge, calling the shots, the driving...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020 10:34 am UTC

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Another example of irony in The Crucible is that when Mary Warren comes to the court with her employer, John Proctor, to tell the truth—that she and the other girls are not witches, and they have...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 12:35 pm UTC

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The beginning of act 4 shows how much Salem has changed since act 1. The dark act opens at the jail, where Herrick, who was once proud of his job in the trials, now comforts himself with alcohol,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 1:20 pm UTC

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When Abigail mentions that Tituba called upon the devil and attempted to make her drink from the cauldron, Reverend Hale requests to see Tituba immediately. Tituba is initially shocked and angered...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 8:17 am UTC

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On one hand, Mary Warren turns against Proctor because of her own capitulation to Abigail and the girls. It becomes evident that Mary needs the affirmation of the group at greater cost than what...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 8:09 am UTC

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The relationship between John Proctor and Abigail Williams is tense. From their conversation in Act One, it is obvious that Abigail still very much desires John and wants to be with him. However,...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2016 11:31 am UTC

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When John Proctor and Abigail speak personally in Act One, he tells her, "Abby, I never give you hope to wait for me." However, she is incapable of grasping that their sexual relationship, a...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 12:34 am UTC

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Abigail acts selfishly almost exclusively. I can't think of anything that she does that isn't selfish. First of all, she lies about what was going on in the forest. As Betty reveals, it wasn't...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2009 9:32 am UTC

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In act 2, Francis Nurse fanatically tells Reverend Hale that Salem's court has made a drastic mistake by arresting his wife and Martha Corey. Both Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey are respected,...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018 4:17 pm UTC

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The Reverend Hale employs a metaphor when he claims, "There is blood on my head!" Hale has returned to Salem to counsel the convicted to confess, though it is a lie, because he believes God...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 6:46 pm UTC

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John Proctor is tempted to sign a false confession to save his life in the fourth act. He goes so far as to verbally confess to witchcraft to Danforth and Parris. However, when the time comes to...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2012 6:54 pm UTC

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We see Mary Warren giving the poppet to Elizabeth, supposedly just as a present in the early stages of Act II. At first sight, therefore, it seems that Mary Warren gives her the poppet simply as an...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2015 5:53 pm UTC

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As the Roman Prefect of Judea during the years A.D 26 to A.D 36, Pontius Pilate was responsible for ordering the execution of Jesus Christ. Pilate, however, did not want to condemn Jesus, having...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2009 8:01 am UTC

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The last we hear of Abigail in the text is that she, along with her friend, Mercy Lewis, robbed the Reverend Parris, her uncle, of his life's savings -- thirty one pounds -- and run off to board a...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016 10:06 pm UTC

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External Conflicts: Abigail's primary external conflicts concern the consequences attached to breaking Salem's strict rules regarding dancing and trespassing in the dangerous, enigmatic forest, as...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2017 5:14 pm UTC

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After John Proctor met Elizabeth, he asked about his friends and the people convicted in the sham trials. John discovered that his friend Giles Corey was crushed to death after he failed to take a...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2017 10:09 am UTC

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In Salem's patriarchal Puritan society, women do not occupy positions of authority and are expected to be passive, quiet, and obedient. Women are oppressed individuals and expected to live up to a...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 11:00 am UTC

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Towards the end of Act Four, John Proctor reluctantly confesses to seeing the Devil and admits that he did the Devil's bidding. Deputy Governor Danforth then begins to ask John Proctor if he saw...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2016 2:34 am UTC

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