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How Does Abigale Create Tension In Act 1 Of The Crucible

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The scene starts with John Proctor and Elizabeth sitting down for dinner. The tension in the room is obvious and they awkwardly have a meal of cider and rabbit while Elizabeth is still mad at John. Elizabeth says how Mary Warren is in Salem that day and John gets mad that Elizabeth let her go but not him. John finds it not fair he is being restricted from going to Salem because his wife is now untrusting. They argue, John gets fed up and says “Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven month since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart. I cannot speak but I am-” Elizabeth, calmly but angrily replies with “John, you are not open with me. You saw her with a crowd, you said. Now you-” Then John, fed up with arguing says back…show more content…
The poppet was discovered with a needle in its stomach for safe keeping, yet Abigale claims she was stabbed in the stomach the same place the doll was stabbed in. Mary claims that Elizabeth is the one who saw her make the doll and needs Elizabeth to testify saying she had no intentions of hurting and stabbing Abigale. Danforth then asks Ellizabeth about her husband's loyalty to her, she then lies for him in an attempt to save him. “...Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher!” “No, sir.” Elizabeth says, the proctor realizes what she has done and says "Elizabeth, I have confessed it." (Miller 113) John Proctor, here, blatantly admits to being unfaithful. “It” being his affair with Abigail Williams. After denying it for months and arguing with Elizabeth, he finally comes clean to what he has done. While he told the truth and Elizabeth lied for him, he quickly jumps to defend his wife, saying he was only saving his name and reputation. It is too late, and Elizabeth gets taken
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