Why does Betty start screaming in The Crucible by Arthur Miller?

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In act 1 of the play, Betty lies incapacitated on her bed and refuses to respond to her father's questions and demands. The previous night, Betty's father, Reverend Parris, caught Betty and several other girls dancing in the woods, which is a serious offense in Salem's austere, religious community. Betty is only ten years old and is overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. She is extremely worried about the repercussions of dancing in the woods and is essentially paralyzed with fear. The first time Betty screams is when she is alone in the room with Abigail. She attempts to jump out of the window and screams hysterically before she confronts Abigail about drinking the blood. However, Abigail strikes Betty and threatens to kill her if she does not corroborate her story. Whenever the adults reenter Betty's room, she stops screaming and becomes silent.

After Abigail begins accusing innocent citizens of being involved in witchcraft, Betty realizes that there is a way to avoid punishment, so she...

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