Proctor: I have hardly stepped off my farm this sevenmonth. As for the characters of the persons, little is known about most of them excepting what may be surmised from a few letters, the trial record, certain broadsides written at the time, and references to their conduct in sources of varying reliability. When he discusses finding Abigail and Betty dancing in the woods, his concern is not the sin that they committed but rather the possibility that his enemies will use this scandal against him. And while they are so absorbed, we may put a word in for Rebecca. Proctor: 1 have a crop to sow and lumber to drag home. The Church, shaip-eyed as it must be when gods long dead are brought to life, condemned these orgies as witchcraft and interpreted them, rightly, as a resurgence of the Dionysiac forces it had crushed long before. To all: Now mark me, if the Devil is in her you will witness some frightful wonders in this room, so please to keep your wits about you.
Our opposites are always robed in sexual sin, and it is from this unconscious conviction that demonology gains both its attractive sensuality and its capacity to infuriate and frighten. Each has his particular obsessions and motivations that drive him to push for the trials. He argues with his neighbors over land and is angry and vengeful when he doesn't get his way in town politics. There be fourteen people in the jail now, she says. God will bless you for your help. Proctor simply looks at her, unable to grasp it.
And it is no accident that we should be so bemused. I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! He views this as a personal affront and aims to set right how he feels he's been wronged. How may I live without my name? Another is a severe test. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain; thou shalt have no other gods before me. She believes that a witch is responsible for the deaths of her seven infant children. Ruth Putnam The Putnams' daughter.
Hale: Why are you concealing? Proctor, evading: I - have no knowledge in that line. Parris, pointing at Betty: You call this sport? A vast differentiation had taken place, and in their own time a revolution had unseated the royal government and substituted a junta which was at this moment in power. Had been accused of witchcraft during the witch trials. What did she do to you? He turns to Proctor and starts out. They will topple me with this! Have you sold yourself to Lucifer? He is pressed to death as a result. This correlates to the McCarthy hearings, which probed into the lives of the suspected communists for evidence of their anti-American activity, no matter the actual relevance. Proctor: It may be I have been too quick to bring the man to book, but you cannot think we ever desired the destruction of religion.
I feel a sudden will to work coming on. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now! But, since his daughter Ruth was paralysed, he begun to accuss people for witchcraft, and blame on them. Hale: I should like to speak with Tituba, Parris: Goody Ann, will you bring her up? Proctor, quietly, struggling with his thought: Aye, they must, they must. Winningly she comes a little closer, with a 22 The Crucible confidential, wicked air. We are not Quakers here yet, Mr. The room gives op an air of clean spareness. I do not wish to be put out like the cat whenever some majority feels the whim.
One of these that Miller develops throughout the first act is the speed at which gossip can spread in a close-knit society like Salem. The cause is yet u nk nown. Parris: No, no, these are farmers. My insides are all shuddery; I am in the proceedings all day, sir. For example, women during this time period had little power, therefore unable to display their courage physically. Proctor: To live in, yes. Set in the historical context of the 17th century Salem, this play explores several themes to point out how politics, greed and imaginative hysteria can tear a community apart.
Discuss how you would like to portray your character on the stage. Since he lacks the malicious motivations and obsessions that plague the other instigators of the trials, Reverend Hale has the ability to change his position, yet at this point he finds himself caught up in the hysteria he has helped to create. Mercy, pointing and looking at Maty Warren: She means to tell, I know it. Elizabeth - it is hard to say: I know it, John. In my mind, this fits because all of the characters had their little grudges and dirty secrets.
Proctor, drinks a long draught, then, putting the glass down: Y ou ought to bring some flowers in the house. Mary Warren Servant to the Proctors. Tituba, already taking a step backward: My Betty be hearty soon? The Putnams' servant, , arrives and visits Betty. It is not hard to see how easily many could have been led to believe that the time of confusion had been brought upon them by deep and darkling forces. I fear it, I fear it. I saw Goody Howe with the Devil! Parris came to his house to visit Ruth, Mr. Last month - a Monday, I think - she walked away, and I thought my guts would burst for two days after.