ELIZABETH PROCTOR: Dear Lord, I am in realization that I have been exceedingly harsh towards my husband over the past several months; for ’twas I that was cold. However, I genuinely fear that Abigail Williams is being set loose by Him to take my place. I worry that the wretched girl will deny witnessing the creation of Mary Warren’s poppet and will proceed to accuse myself of making a pact with Him. I do not desire
Refugee situations has been increasing by a vast amount each year, and ISIS is hiding under their curtain by sneaking into countries and committing terrorist attacks. The crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, took place in Salem. In the town of Salem the people believed in witchcraft and their imagination perhaps went wild, when they thought that witchcraft can cause chaos in their town. Compare this with salem, in the old days they feared from witches, in these days people fear terrorists! Fears that encounter us today are might be so threatening. It might be giving embarrassing or troublesome information on someone, maybe even claim a charge on someone who didn’t involve in anything like that and others will
Proctor: “You’re coming to the court with me, Mary. You will tell it in the court.”
Now John Proctor stands before you, an innocent man. He only wished to save the lives of his friends and show us the extremity taken to unrealistic events. Instead, for his courage he is said to be overthrowing the court. Mary Warren’s word, the word of a young girl who sided herself with satan is taken higher than that of a grown man’s? The court has no clear evidence that anyone here has sided with the devil! Yet, with all the evidence pointing towards these girls being liars, we take advantage of the situation. Salem has turned criminal, prosecuting others for land, vengeance, and their own health.
Elizabeth did not admit to John having any relations with Abigail because she didn’t want to blacken his name.
Although Mary Warren believes in witchcraft John Proctor Try’s to get her to tell the truth and convince the court that she and the other girls are faking the fainting spells, and are pretending to see spirits. If John can get Mary to confess that then Proctor will be able to save his wife (Elizabeth Proctor) life.
In Act II, it states, “ Hale: why...why did you keep this? Proctor: I never knew until tonight that the world is gone daft with this nonsense.” This quote explains that Proctor knew the truth about the girls but didn’t go to the court to confront them. This is Proctor’s biggest mistake this decision results in tragic events that take place in the future of this play. These events include, the girls accusing some of the townspeople of witchcraft, and the hangings. This decisions dooms Proctor because it eventually leads to his
Later in act III, John and Mary are still in the court when she finally turns on Proctor. She points at Proctor and says, “You’re the Devil’s man! (Miller 261). Mary Warren sabotages John Proctor by blaming him for working with the devil in front of the judge. This is the ultimate turning point in her character, she goes from being the Proctors’ servant to the enemy in a matter of minutes. Proctor is astonished by what Mary is saying, and she continues to accuse him. Mary says, “I’ll not hang with you! I love God, I love God” (Miller 261). She is now telling the judge that Proctor has made a deal with the devil and is working with him. Mary Warren blatantly lies to Danforth and throws Proctor under the bus just so she can walk free. She tells the judge, “ He wake me every night, his eyes were like coals and his fingers claw my neck, and I sign, I sign…” (Miller 262). Mary is trying to explain to the judge how Proctor made her sign a pact with the devil. Mary had the opportunity to keep telling the judge that it was all fake, but she chose a selfish lie to only save
Thomas Putnam also uses revenge just like his wife, but for greedy reasons. To clarify, Thomas Putnam uses the witchcraft trials to get the land back that he thinks is rightfully his. In act #1 Thomas Putnam says, “He had no right to sell it. It stands clear in my grandfather’s will that all the land between the river and-.” For example, he uses revenge against the other men in Salem to get their land and become wealthier. He accused the citizens of Salem of putting spells on Ruth which resulted in her being “sick”.
This quote truly demonstrates Proctors character as a whole, as he is willing to be hung for the sake of proving his worth to the court. Specifically, Proctor knows he is truly innocent, and wants to make the courts aware of his innocence. His unwillingness to confess to witchcraft, is because of his personal beliefs regarding reputation. From this I can infer that John Proctors reputation in society was important to him than being hung for a crime he did not commit. The theme
Thomas Putnam was born as the oldest son of the richest man in town. The main reason why the Putnam’s do not get along with Reverend Parris is because Thomas Putnam wanted his brother-in-law to become minister of Salem because he knew of all the power that would come with that. His brother-in-law met all of the qualifications and even
The overall theme of the play, The Crucible, is about lying and deceiving people of the court and the people of Salem, while the main message of the Crucible is about how making accusations and rumors up can sometimes go way farther than they are meant to go. The Crucible play centers around accusations that are made about people throughout the town of Salem, without any real evidence these accusations are believed by the courts and people. Some of the quotes from this piece would go perfectly for this. For example Arthur Miller’s quote “Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven” works out well because the people are great people until they get wrongfully accused so much they just fall apart. Another quote that would work well would be Arthur Miller’s quote “You are pulling down heaven and raising up a whore” would work because by accusing good people they are making them question whether they are goo or not and breaking them down. Out of jealousy and rage, Abigail Williams makes accusations against people in Salem saying they are
In response to his wife being accused of witchcraft, John Proctor embarks on a mission to save his wife’s life from the church and prove that the girls “never saw no spirits” (Miller 81). Even he tries to do what he thinks is morally right, John Proctor is slowly beaten down throughout the trial, eventually folding, liying out of anger and desperation that he conspired with Satan and that “God is dead!” (Miller 111). Even John Proctor, with a strong will make things morally right even when the church is not, eventually succumbs to the pressure of
In the book, the reader sees how individuals accused their loves ones of “compacting with the devil”. For instance, Martha Corey was accused of witchery from her own husband. With this accusation, there was no evidence to be seen, other than what her husband, Giles Corey, suggested; therefore, these accusations were only based on here-say. Martha Corey states, “I am innocent to a witch. I know not what a witch is” (83). This quote demonstrates how an individual could be reproached of something they did not commit and has not a single clue what a “witch” is, but still has what he or she has to say be eradicated from the situation. One recognizes how false accusations results in mob hysteria; furthermore, people fearing the trials in the judicial system, too, created such
In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, Most of the townspeople did not want the reverend Paris. Seventeen of the people that did not want the Reverend Paris were accused and hanged as witches. Back then in 1692 if you owned property you had voting rights. Rebecca Nurse sons were about to inherit their mother’s property which means they could vote against the reverend Paris. The Putnam family on the other hand wanted reverend Paris, but all the reverend Parris wanted was power to the deed to parliament and the acres around it.This was part of the witch hysteria problem because everyone back then wanted property and by accusing a person of being a witch they lose their property and the family doesn't inherit it. This was only part of the witch hysteria the other was religion and the role of superstition with the role of the townspeople.