Prophetically, Rebecca warns Parris that identifying witchcraft as the cause of Betty's illness will set a dangerous precedent and lead to further problems in Salem. GradeSaver, 15 June 2008 Web. Abigail denies the accusation of adultery. You must re-member, Goody Proctor. Probably more than the creed, hard work kept the morals of the place from spoiling, for the people were forced to fight the land like heroes for every grain of com, and no man had very much time for fooling around.
Hale; No, no, I have no - Proctor: I nailed the roof upon the church, I hung the door - Hale: Oh, did you! He gets up, goes to her, kisses her. Miller establishes Salem as a world in which little information is considered private; all information is open to suspicion and question. Giles Corey is held in contempt — the charge that ultimately leads to his execution — for refusing to name the person who told him of Putnam's scheming, and Proctor balks at the court's intention to question the 91 people who signed his declaration of the good character of the accused. Just as the Salem authorities believed that witchcraft threatened their community, many Americans during this time saw Communism as a threat to the American way of life. Elizabeth likely believes that if John lies, he'll go to hell for all eternity. Abigail, in a temper: My name is good in the village! This simultaneous fear of and fascination with sexuality is a theme throughout The Crucible, as demonstrated by the adulterous relationship between Abigail Williams and John Proctor and the sexual undertones of the dancing that instigates the witchcraft trials. Mister, why could you not come alone? The Nurses are the most straightforward of these; Miller portrays Rebecca Nurse and her husband as near saints who rely on practical wisdom and experience.
Which is not to say that nothing broke into this strict and somber way of life. It is another trait we inherited from them, and it has helped to discipline us as well as to breed hypocrisy among us. Proctor: No, sir, you are mistaken. Indeed, dissent against official authority is akin to being an anarchist at best and an agent of Satan at worst. Several significant themes emerge early in the play. In these warm exchanges, Elizabeth says she will not judge what Proctor decides to do, and affirms that she believes he is a good man.
Capitalism, in the opinion of many, myself included, had nothing more to say, its final poisoned bloom having been Italian and German Fascism. There is a promise made in any bed - Proctor, striving against his anger: What promise! The other girls involved in the incident join Abigail and a briefly roused Betty, who attempts to jump out of the window. Even though he knows their confession would be a lie, he wants to save their lives. Proctor: I am only wondering how I may prove what she told me, Elizabeth. Wide-eyed, both, Proctor and Elizabeth stand staring. As Proctor and Abigail have this conversation, it becomes clear that the two of them had an affair.
Not knowing that her husband has confessed it, Elizabeth lies about the affair and is returned to jail. Mary Warren also tells him that Abigail saw her sew the poppet and store the needle. Rebecca: He does not mean that. John Proctor comes to see what is wrong with Betty. Now Hale takes her hand.
I never knew anything before. It was translated by and performed in Los Angeles in 1953 under the title The Devil in Boston. Have you sold yourself to Lucifer? He found his situation untenable. Even Giles Corey died in the way he did because it was in his own interest — by not pleading and dying under the weighted rocks, he ensured that his property would pass to his sons rather than to the state. She initially helps John, but later turns on him to save herself.
I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! Give John Proctor a gold star, eh? She will cry me out until they take me! Proctor eats, then looks up. As a landowner and adulterer, he is placed by Miller at the eye of the storm, watching the entire social structure pivot around him. Miller establishes that Abigail is suspected of adultery with John Proctor, a rumor that is confirmed later in the first act. He is finally hanged along with several other convicted witches. He is not quite pleased. God forbid I take it from him! Then he lifts out the ladle and tastes. Meanwhile, individualists like Proctor and rankle under these layers of authority — Proctor had long rejected Parris's preachings, and Corey made the authority of the law work for him as a constant plaintiff.
I never thought you had so much iron in you. She used to serve me in my house, sir. Reverend Parris is praying now, and, though we cannot hear his words, a sense of his confusion hangs about him. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. Yet I kept being drawn back to it. .