Abigail warns Parris that there are rumors of witchcraft and that the parlor is packed with people. John repeatedly wants to begin a conversation but again Elizabeth is hesitant to talk to him. Abigail then starts to find a reason to why John is no longer interested; she goes on to talk about Elizabeth. One that he doesn't not want to sign the document and the other that he is just wants to get on with the execution. He threatens to give John the rope unless he gives the correct confession. Betty sits up suddenly and cries for her mother, but her mother is dead and buried. Rev Hale believes that the poppit belongs to Elizabeth Proctor, but it is actually owned by Mary Warren, Elizabeth's house keeper.
He then begins to think whether good is evil and is still extremely hurt. Abigail, along with the rest of the girls, were taken into the courtroom with John and Elizabeth Proctor present. Hale asks if the Devil comes to her with anybody else. He then again asks Elizabeth for her apology. What he described came very close to what happened at Salem. He finally denounces the court. Abigail wants vengeance against her rival and accuses Elizabeth of being in cahoots with the devil.
All other references to witchcraft are connected with fear, suspicion, and the collapse of normal social values. Summary The Crucible begins in the house of Reverend Samuel Parris, whose daughter, Betty, lies unconscious in bed upstairs. He is a busy farmer living five miles from the meeting house, and his irritation with Parris has kept him away from church services. What is it about this particular tragic segment of American history that appeals to the creative imagination? Hale asks Abigail what happened in the forest. For both the oral and written reports, biographical information may be found on any of the sites described in Preparing to Teach.
Salem was a rigid society that emphasized work and the suppression of individual desires. The accusations began with Abigail Williams, but now, supported by the weight of the judiciary, the prosecution does not stop with her downfall. Glossary partisan a person who takes the part of or strongly supports one side, party, or person; often, specifically, an unreasoning, emotional adherent. Miller establishes Salem as a world in which little information is considered private; all information is open to suspicion and question. Danforth refuses postponement, as it would show weakness on his part. Summary John Proctor and Abigail are alone in the room with Betty.
Putnam tries to persuade Parris that he should declare the presence of witchcraft, but Parris is worried. Proctor himself proposes the question of whether a sinful man may accept martyrdom by clinging to principles he has not always upheld. The shift of blame from one character to another will be a recurring plot point, as few characters will accept the consequences of their actions or directly confront the charges leveled against them. Abigail finally gets the message, she starts to cry and weep. Abigail's lack of any morality renders her able to charge others with witchery no matter the consequences. Students could make very profitable comparisons between the film's tragic hero, Raymond Shaw, and The Crucible's John Proctor. As Parris claims, there is the possibility of rebellion because of the witchcraft trials, while the numerous people who remain in jail have caused the village to fall into shambles.
At the beginning of the play he's something of an innocent, taking for granted that the world is black and white and that he, with his expertise, can tell the difference between the two. This shows blatantly thetheme of power abuse in the most outrageous way. During the trials, Danforth manipulates both defendants and legal procedure to suit his purpose. After Mary Warren tells the court who really made the poppet, Abigail and the other girls said that Mary Warren is cursing them. While Hale says that God damns a liar less than a person who throws his life away, Elizabeth calls this the devil's argument.
Elizabeth asks to speak with her husband. He may think he is doing the right thing,but he is abusing his power as a judge. Jealous of Proctor's wife, Elizabeth, Abigail accuses her of contact with the devil and gets Elizabeth thrown into jail. She is also scared as well as well as being attracted by John Procter. This realization foreshadows Abigail's actions in Scene 5. In Act I, Scene 1, Miller sets the stage for The Crucible by introducing the four most important themes: deception, possession, greed, and the quest for power. Elizabeth tells, John about the incident with Giles, where he was press to death.
The playwright skilfully holds back the second scene of possession until the moment of maximum impact -the terrifying climax to Act 3. Proctor refuses to answer or buckle under an impossible question. With the seeming presence of witchcraft in Salem, Parris now has a concrete, physical manifestation of the evil he so fears. He could be happy in the sense that, if Abigail is executed, then he and his wife can live happily. Despite his authority and experience, he presides over an unruly court. What do students think is the purpose of tragedy? He then said he did see people with the devil, but never described any names. As Mary Warren sees John Procter, Mary Warren leaps in fright.