Discrimination In The Arracible: The Characters Of The Crucible

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In the beginning of the play, Reverend Parris sent for a doctor because his niece Betty is sick and won’t wake up (in a coma like state). Since the doctor could not find a medical explanation for her illness he tells Susanna Walcott to look for a unnatural reason. After Susanna Walcott leaves, Parris questions his niece Abigail whether her name is the village is white (is her reputation in the village good? - white represents purity) and why they were dancing in the forest. Throughout his conversation with Abigail in Act I his main concern seems to be his reputation as a minister. Rev Parris saw the girls (Abigail, Betty, Mary and other girls) dancing in the woods the previous night. The rumor is Elizabeth Proctor said Abigail’s soul is tainted. Abigail claims the Proctors dismissed her because they wanted a slave and she refused to be treated like a slave. It is being rumored that Betty flew over over the barn. Later, Betty starts screaming when they start singing a psalm downstairs. This is because she cannot bear to hear the lord’s name and this proves that Betty is a witch. Mrs. Putnam says she contacted Tituba to find out who is killing her babies and to communicate to her 7 lost/dead children. Thomas Putnam is bitter because he feels like he isn’t getting the respect he deserves. Once Mrs. Putnam admits her request of Tituba, Abigail accuses Tituba of conjuring spirits. Once the adults are gone, Betty reveals that Abigail drank blood (a charm to kill
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