“Your Excellency, I only said she were reading books, sir, and they come and take her out of my house for.” Giles won’t tell the name of who told him the information that the girls are lying, because he doesn’t want to cause them to go to jail or be hanged. “I cannot give you no name, sir, I cannot.” Giles is not wanting to be responsible for his family losing the family land and belongings Elizabeth is saying. “He were not hanged. He would not answer aye or nay to his indictment; for if he denied the charge they’d hang him surely, and auction out his property. So he stand mute, and died Christian under the law.
Once he realises the girls had been lying his opinion becomes the truth, which is proven as truth as the play finishes. One such example is when Mary Warren accuses the girls of lying. While defending themselves the girls scream saying Mary is sending her spirit at them “She’s going to come down she’s walking the beam” (1211). Hale sees no such bird in the courtroom, and Mary Warren keeps telling the girls to stop. With all of this happening Hale sees the girls just lie about seeing spirits.
Elizabeth cannot be hanged because she is pregnant and the child inside her is innocent. John finds Abigail and tells her to stop all this nonsense and to never mention Elizabeth’s name in court again. Abigail is then found with a needle into her and blames it on Elizabeth. Soon enough John gets accused of witchcraft and has to confess to it or he will hang. While he’s in jail, Abigail asks him to run away with her to Boston so that they could be together and so that he wouldn’t get hung; John refuses.
Danforth tells Proctor this to remind him that the court has means of figuring out what the accused are not confessing. Throughout the time that Proctor is at the court trying to prove his wife innocent along with his friends’ wives; Rev. Parris continuously accuses and gives reasons to Danforth about Proctor being no godly man. He brings up topics such as the fact that Proctor plows on Sundays and doesn’t come to church any more than once every moment. Later on, when the court is questioning Mary Warren as Proctor pressures her to tell the truth; she finally goes crazy and runs out of the court and turns the tide on Proctor and gives a final blow by accusing of being a devils man, which in turn lands Proctor in
Y’see, he buy a pig of my wife four or five year ago… and claims that from that day to this he cannot keep a pig alive for more than four weeks because my Martha bewitch them with her books. (72) Corey emphasizes that Ezekiel Cheever and the court did wrong by arresting Martha Corey. Corey speaks out that he never saw his wife practicing witchcraft, but only reading books. Corey points out that his wife is not a witch and that Walcott has falsely accused Martha Corey of witchcraft. Because Cheever arrested Martha Corey for reading books, it is clear that her right of reading books is in threat and that she has faced injustice.
"I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women... that resistance to tyranny is obedience to God”. That judge has the power to throw her in jail, and she had the courage to tell him that she would never pay money if he gave her a fine and she would never go to jail. That takes a lot of
Michael started to scream, and their mom came running in. Mom picked up Michael and began to comfort him, while speaking firmly to Jennifer: “The rule is that there is no hitting in the family.” Jennifer: “But Michael took my doll.” Mom: “I know it makes you angry when Michael takes your things without asking, but pushing and hitting are not allowed.” Jennifer: “But he won’t leave my thing alone. He keeps going in my room.” Mom: “Why don’t we make a rule that your room is off-limits to Michael unless you give your permission?” I will help you make it work, but no more hitting.” Jennifer: “Okay…I am sorry I pushed you down, Michael.” 7. My feelings regarding spankings are inappropriate because it models aggressive behavior in young children. 8.
It isn’t a surprise that Reverend Hale gets upset with him later in the play. In Act III, John Proctor and Mary Warren (one of the girls that follow Abby) have evidence against Abigail so they come to the court. Judge Danforth asks Mary to faint but she can’t. Danforth states that “… here we have no afflicting spirit loose.” And then implies that there was one during the other session of court (Miller 188). This question makes it clear that Danforth cannot see past the innocent faces of the girls and into the evil that lurks below.
Most importantly, another serious punishment that she needs to bear is the consequence of lying to God. When she’s walking to the witness stand in the court, she swears that she’ll tell the truth, “the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help her God” (Harper 203). Although she vows to God, in the trial, there is no such thing called
She was a part of the faction that prevented Thomas Putnam’s brother from becoming the minister of the town. The Putnam’s are very upset about this and Mrs. Putnam also accuses Rebecca of murder. Rebecca is also upset at Reverend Parris because he refuses to preach to the children, even though they seem to be possessed by the devil. She also doesn’t support Parris’ idea to bring Reverend Hale to Salem to help with the witchcraft because she believes that it will send the whole town into arguments and thinking that something is seriously wrong. She believes it would be better to just pray and let the doctor try and save Betty.