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In The Crucible, to have power is to abuse it. The most powerful characters in political and financial terms are Deputy-Governor Danforth, Judge Hathorne, and Thomas Putnam. Abigail Williams and,...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 11:57 am UTC

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John Proctor is opposed to Reverend Parris's decision to send for Reverend Hale from Beverly to conduct an investigation into witchcraft and is aware that Parris is simply trying to bolster his own...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020 12:26 pm UTC

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If one reads The Crucible rather than watching it, much of the direct characterization comes from Miller's stage directions. These are particularly important in John Proctor's case, since Miller...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

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The fact that Danforth's credibility might suffer is an important one. But it goes beyond his status as an official of the court. This man, whose intelligence and charisma have allowed him to be...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 4:55 pm UTC

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Abigail Williams demonstrates her vengeful personality by setting up Elizabeth Proctor and accusing her of witchcraft in order to be with Elizabeth's husband, John. Abigail Williams seeks revenge...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018 9:46 am UTC

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In act one, Thomas Putnam, Reverend Parris, and Reverend Hale begin to question Tituba about her involvement in witchcraft. As the questioning intensifies, Parris threatens to whip her to death,...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019 12:56 pm UTC

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In act one, Abigail Williams has a private conversation with John Proctor in Betty's room, where she informs him that they were simply dancing in the woods when her uncle saw them. She reveals to...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 12:08 am UTC

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By this point in the play, Reverend Hale has had a complete turn-around, and is desperately trying to reverse some of the arrests that he has made. Because he signed so many death warrants at the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 10:32 am UTC

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In act 1, Rebecca suggests that Parris send Reverend Hale back to Beverly in order to avoid conflict among the citizens, and she warns that there is "prodigious danger in the seeking of loose...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2018 1:30 pm UTC

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Reverend Hale's external conflicts initially relate to his attempts to discern evidence of witchcraft in Salem, then to find and arrest those who have been accused. Finally, he comes into...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 10:09 pm UTC

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Rebecca Nurse is accused of witchcraft along with eight other women and men in Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play of 1953, The Crucible. The horrific events are set into motion when a group of...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2014 5:11 pm UTC

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In act 1, John Proctor visits Reverend Parris's home and ends up having an intimate conversation alone with Abigail Williams, who tempts him to be with her. Abigail tempts John by reminding him of...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 6:14 pm UTC

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Act IV of The Crucible contains many events that contribute to Salem's condition. At the beginning of the act, three months have passed and the trials have demoralized many in the village....

Latest answer posted October 8, 2017 1:56 pm UTC

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In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Abigail Williams is a 17-year-old woman who is the niece of Reverend Samuel Parris, who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. In this play, Abigail becomes the center of...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 11:42 am UTC

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Hale says this to Parris when Parris asks him to inspect his daughter, Betty, for signs of witchcraft. Parris says that Betty's hatred of hearing the Lord's name is surely a sign of witchcraft, but...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2017 2:24 am UTC

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Tituba does not want to name others as witches. When she does so, it is because she sees no other way to save herself. Tituba tells them she does not work with the Devil, but they do not believe...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 6:29 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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There are several things that happen in Act One that, if you pay close attention, foreshadow some future events. You have to pay close attention to what the characters say about each other, and...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2009 10:58 am UTC

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There is a mystical quality about Tituba for a variety of reasons. She is from Barbados, and the people of Salem believe that the slave island culture is rooted in a lot of spiritual mysticism....

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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Thomas Putnam is a wealthy man in the town, who is greedy, and feels like land that he deserved had been taken away from him in his father's unfair will. He fights with Proctor and Nurse over land...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009 12:17 am UTC

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In act 1, Reverend Hale arrives at Salem carrying a large stack of books. Hale is depicted as a naive intellectual, enthusiastic about finally getting the opportunity to consult his books and...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 10:29 am UTC

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Mob mentality is when a group of people are influenced by each other to adopt a single viewpoint, attitude, or behavior based on shared emotions. When individuals are affected by mob mentality,...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 10:53 pm UTC

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The audience knows that Betty is essentially faking her illness (or at least its severity) because, when all of the adults have left the room, she awakens in order to confront Abigail about the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 10:26 am UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Reverend Parris is a selfish, greedy man throughout the play. He is initially more concerned with his reputation than the well-being of his daughter and his...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2017 10:24 am UTC

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At the end of ACT III, Proctor himself is arrested, despite his original intent of going to court being to free his wife Elizabeth. He arrives with several depositions at the beginning of the Act,...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2015 5:21 pm UTC

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Stage directions are, essentially, a playwright's instructions on how a play should be performed. They include stipulations on how the actors should move, speak, and the tone they should adopt....

Latest answer posted June 2, 2017 8:07 am UTC

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Elizabeth Proctor feels antagonistic toward her former servant Abigail, who had an affair with her husband, calling her “something soiled.” Elizabeth, who is morally upright and a bit cold, won't...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 12:57 pm UTC

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The conflicts in act 2 are focused within the Proctors' home, so it could be considered domestic conflict. John and Elizabeth argue about John informing the court officials about what Abigail has...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2018 11:34 pm UTC

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Because Salem was part of a theocracy during this era, there was no distinction between church and state: the ecclesiastical and the civic were one and the same. This means that church law was the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2016 12:03 pm UTC

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When Reverend Hale first arrives in Salem, he has a great deal of confidence in his education and ability to root out evil. He comes bearing heavy texts that he feels are "weighted with...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016 11:28 am UTC

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In Act Three, Reverend Parris plays the role of antagonist, judge, and accuser. He again reveals that he is a selfish, wicked man whose only intentions are protecting his reputation and position...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2016 10:14 am UTC

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Reverend Hale could certainly have done a lot more to end the hysteria. As both a man of God and an expert in witchcraft he should've been able to see straight away that there was no foundation to...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 6:29 am UTC

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Because John Proctor himself disdains hypocrisy, so much that he has even exposed that of others, he is greatly disturbed by the claims of Abigail Williams and the other girls that certain witches...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2014 4:31 am UTC

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The significance and purpose of John Proctor's death in The Crucible is that through his final act of self-sacrifice, the character achieves redemption. The play is about people who lie. Abigail...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020 1:44 pm UTC

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In Act Two, the audience witnesses the stressful atmosphere surrounding Elizabeth and John's marriage. Elizabeth is a rather callous, unforgiving character in Act Two, and John resents her cruel...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2017 2:20 pm UTC

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Mrs. Putnam has been made desperate by the deaths of her seven babies, and, now, her sole living child has been growing unwell. She is panicked by the thought that she could lose her one daughter,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 11:22 pm UTC

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Yes, Abigail is largely to blame here, but again, other characters contributed to the witchcraft hysteria of Salem. Reverends Hale and Parris (at least in the first part of the play) feed the fires...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 3:04 am UTC

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As is his custom with all the characters in The Crucible, Arthur Miller provides a brief character sketch of the Reverend Parris in the stage directions before he begins to speak. Comparing his...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2020 11:09 am UTC

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The quote is fairly significant in that it reflects the twisted nature of individual reputation. Abigail's proclamation of having a good name and reputation is belied by her actions. Her affair...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 10:21 pm UTC

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When Mr. Hale implores Deputy Governor Danforth to allow Francis Nurse, Giles Corey, and John Proctor to leave and obtain the services of a lawyer, Danforth explains his view that a lawyer is not...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018 8:43 pm UTC

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In act 2, John Proctor complains to Reverend Hale about Reverend Parris's greedy personality by mentioning how Parris insisted on having golden candlesticks at the altar instead of the pewter...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018 12:54 pm UTC

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The real life John Proctor was about sixty years old at the time of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, but Miller has altered Proctor to be in his "middle thirties." Miller says, of Proctor, that, in...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018 10:19 pm UTC

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In Act IV of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor sits in jail because he has been condemned for practicing witchcraft. He will be hanged unless he confesses to the crime. Consequently, his...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 1:33 pm UTC

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Tituba finally "confesses" to talking to the devil at the end of Act 1 after she is repeatedly accused of doing so. She is subjected to a barrage of questions by Rev. Hale and Mr....

Latest answer posted November 23, 2008 10:03 pm UTC

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Ann Putnam is resentful because she has lost seven infants shortly after their birth. She has only one living child, Ruth, who, in the beginning of the play is stricken with the same illness that...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2009 9:08 pm UTC

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The quote you mention can be found in act three of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It is spoken by John Proctor as he tries to impart some courage to his servant girl, Marry Warren. Mary Warren is...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013 10:15 pm UTC

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In Act IV, Reverend Hale tells Deputy Governor Danforth that he must pardon the prisoners because they refuse to admit to witchcraft. Danforth replies that he cannot pardon the prisoners because...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2016 11:08 am UTC

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Proctor is a God-fearing Puritan, but he is also an independent thinker. He is painfully aware of the true motivations of the accusers: Abigail wants his wife executed, Ruth Putnam is acting on...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018 12:43 pm UTC

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Danforth seems secure in himself, his authority, and the court; he is the deputy governor of the colony, after all, so he really has nothing to prove to the inhabitants of Salem. He is calm and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016 9:47 pm UTC

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John Proctor becomes very angry when Cheever arrives to arrest his wife. They have been visited by the Reverend Hale and by Giles Corey prior to Mr. Cheever's appearance with the arrest warrant,...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2016 10:43 pm UTC

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