John Proctor The Crucible Analysis

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Contents

Context
Plot Overview
Character List
Analysis of Major Characters
John Proctor
Abigail Williams
Reverend Hale
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
Summary & Analysis
Act I: Opening scene to the entrance of John Proctor
Act I: The entrance of John Proctor to the entrance of Reverend Hale
Act I: The entrance of Reverend Hale to the closing scene
Act II
Act III
Act IV–Epilogue
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Important Quotations Explained
Key Facts
Study Questions & Essay Topics
Quizzes
Suggestions for Further Reading
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Act I: Opening scene to the entrance of John Proctorpage 1 of 2
Summary

The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692; the government is a theocracy—rule by God through religious officials.
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Ten-year-old Betty Parris lies in an unmoving, unresponsive state. Parris is a grim, stern man suffering from paranoia. He believes that the members of his congregation should not lift a finger during religious services without his permission. The rumor that Betty is the victim of witchcraft is running rampant in Salem, and a crowd has gathered in Parris’s parlor. Parris has sent for Reverend John Hale of Beverly, an expert on witchcraft, to determine whether Betty is indeed bewitched. Parris berates his niece, Abigail Williams, because he discovered her, Betty, and several other girls dancing in the forest in the middle of the night with his slave, Tituba. Tituba was intoning unintelligible words and waving her arms over a fire, and Parris thought he spotted someone running naked through the…show more content…
Putnam had seven babies that each died within a day of its birth. Convinced that someone used witchcraft to murder them, she sent Ruth to Tituba to contact the spirits of her dead children in order to discover the identity of the murderer. Parris berates Abigail anew and asserts that she and the girls were indeed practicing witchcraft. Putnam urges Parris to head off his enemies and promptly announce that he has discovered witchcraft. Mercy Lewis, the Putnams’ servant, drops in and reports that Ruth seems better. Parris agrees to meet the crowd and lead them in a prayer, but he refuses to mention witchcraft until he gets Reverend Hale’s
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