While Abigail was a servant in the Proctor household, she and Proctor had an affair. To test Proctor's claim, Deputy Governor Danforth calls out Elizabeth, who Proctor says will never lie. Search to find colleges that might be a match for you. In the contrast of both scenes, the difference between deliberate and intentional cruelty through. Putnam says they're not sick: they're being attacked by the devil. After Proctor agrees that Elizabeth would never lie, the court summons Elizabeth and questions her about the affair. They decide to allow John to speak to his wife Elizabeth, who he hasn't seen in weeks, hoping she can convince him to confess.
Elizabeth, thinking that she is defending her husband, only claims that she fired Abigail because of poor work habits. . The community is portrayed as superstitious and gullible. Parris knows that Tituba conjured Ruth's sisters, and that Parris saw Mercy naked. At her husband's insistence, Mrs. Putnam's children have died as infants under mysterious conditions, convince the Putnams that evil spirits are at work in Salem. The judge condemns Proctor to hang.
She is skeptical of the claims of witchcraft. Tituba hesitates, but Hale tells Tituba not to fear: if she confesses whom she saw, she will be blessed. Hale denounces the proceedings and quits the court. He threatens to beat her if she doesn't honestly reveal what happened in the woods, so Tituba feels pressured to lie. The second act takes place a week later in the Proctor's home. Since her parents died and left her, they left her money and land deeds obviously they were going to say that she had been bewitched to get rid of her so that they can take her property.
Mary Warren also tells him that Abigail saw her sew the poppet and store the needle. When Elizabeth discovered the affair, she dismissed Abigail. The protagonist has returned from seeding his farmland. Elizabeth urges her husband to denounce Abigail as a fraud; he refuses, and she becomes jealous, accusing him of still harboring feelings for her. The Crucible is play written in 1952 by Arthur Miller that is based off the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts. When Betty hears people singing psalms from outside, she begins to shriek.
Danforth refuses to accept his confession, and orders that he be hanged. Proctor rages against her and against the court. Miller presents the play with traditional theatrical devices, relying on the dialogue and situations to illustrate his themes, but finds these somewhat insufficient. But he refuses to incriminate anyone else, and when the court insists that the confession must be made public, Proctor grows angry, tears it up, and retracts his admission of guilt. Parris confronts Proctor because he has not been in church recently, but Proctor claims that Parris is too obsessed with damnation and never mentions God.
According to the other characters, and the audience, desire may mean many other things besides sexual longing. Elizabeth denies all belief in witchcraft, for she believes that the devil cannot take a woman's soul if she is truly upright. As soon as Tituba enters, however, Abigail screams that Tituba made her do it, that Tituba made her drink blood. Hale, who has lost faith in the court, begs the accused witches to confess falsely in order to save their lives, but they refuse. The town physician, Doctor Griggs, who has not been able to determine why Betty is ill, suggests witchcraft as a possible cause. His wife fired Abigail from working for them, and their relationship ended at that point. She is cunning and determined to get whatever she wants - everything that Elizabeth is not.
Abigail smacks her across the face. They are forgotten and underappreciated in the play. The characters I believed in most were Elizabeth Proctor, the Rev. Abigail warns her friend Mercy Lewis and the Proctors' servant Mary Warren, not to reveal that they were all casting spells in the woods. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England. When first questioned, Abigail denies that she or Betty have been involved in witchcraft, but she admits that they were dancing in the forest with Tituba. Although Jesus did not succumb to temptation, Satan led him into the wilderness to entice him to sin.
Giles Corey arrives with and tells , who presides over the trials, that is charging people with witchcraft in order to gain their land. He seems eager to flex his authority. Mary Warren, their servant and one of Abigail's circle, returns from Salem with news that Elizabeth has been accused of witchcraft but the court did not pursue the accusation. Hale learns that the girls were dancing in the woods with Tituba, and that Tituba can conjure spirits. A separate argument between Proctor, Parris, the argumentative Giles Corey, and the wealthy Thomas Putnam soon ensues. Unbeknownst to anyone else in the town, while working in Proctor's home the previous year she engaged in an affair with him, which led to her being fired by his wife, Elizabeth. It has a needle sticking out of the stomach, which connects to Abigail Williams finding a needle in her stomach hours before.
He speaks with Abigail alone, and she admits to him about the dancing. Mary Warren tells the court that she pretended to see spirits and falsely accused others of witchcraft. Parris tries to calm everyone down they gathered were the girl was kept. He says there's a group in the town that wants to drive him from his job as minister. Betty wakes up and begins screaming.