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 Expand Important Quotations Explained Key Facts Study Questions & Essay Topics Quizzes Suggestions for Further Reading How to Cite This SparkNote Share this Sparknote Share on Twitter 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.…show more content…
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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