Crucible Essay Research Paper Act one begins

Crucible Essay, Research Paper Act one begins with Reverend Parris praying over her daughter, Betty Parris, who lies unconscious on her bed. Through conversations between Reverend Parris and

Crucible Essay, Research Paper

Act one begins with Reverend Parris praying over her daughter, Betty Parris, who

lies unconscious on her bed. Through conversations between Reverend Parris and

his niece Abigail Williams, and between several girls, the audience learns that

these girls, including Abigail and Betty, were engaged in occultic activities in

the forest lead by Tituba, Parris? slave from Barbados. Parris caught them and

jumped from a bush startling the girls. Betty fainted and had not recovered.

During this session, Abigail drank chicken blood to kill Elizabeth Proctor. She

tells the girls that she will kill anyone who mutters a word about what

happened. The townspeople do not know exactly what the girls were doing but

there are rumors of witchcraft. John Proctor enters the room where Betty lies

faint. Abigail is still in there and she tries to seduce him. Proctor is a

farmer who has had an affair with Abigail a while ago, but now he wants to

forget it. Reverend John Hale is summoned to look upon Betty and the research

the incident. He is an expert in occultic phenomena and he is eager to show his

knowledge. He questions Abigail who accuses Tituba as being a witch. Tituba,

afraid of being hanged, confesses faith in God and accuses Goody Good and Goody

Osborne of witchcraft. Abigail and Betty, who has woken up, claim to have been

bewitched and confess faith in God. They name several other people whom they

claim they saw with the Devil. Act two begins eight days after the discussion at

Parris? house. Between act one and act two, Deputy Governor Dansforth came to

Salem to oversee the court proceedings. Fourteen people have been arrested for

witchcraft, and there is talk of hanging. Elizabeth Proctor asks John to go to

the court and testify against Abigail and the other girls. John doesn?t want

to get involved. There is tension between Elizabeth and John since Elizabeth has

not forgiven John for the affair. Marry Warren enters. She was in court

testifying against the townspeople. She gives Elizabeth a doll which she has

made in court. In the middle of their discussion, Hale enters to question John

and Elizabeth, suspicious of witchcraft. Later, Giles Corey and Francis Nurse

enter to seek advice after both their wives had been arrested. Next, the marshal

arrives with a warrant for Elizabeth?s arrest. Elizabeth was accused by

Abigail for stabbing Abigail with a needle through a doll. John Proctor protests

but Elizabeth is taken away in chains. Proctor demands Mary that she goes to

court and testify against the girls. He vows that he will fight the proceedings,

even if it means confessing his own adultery. Act three takes place in court.

Francis Nurse, Giles Corey, and John Proctor present their case against the

girls to Deputy Governor Dansforth and Judge Hathorne. Proctor presents a

petition signed by 91 people testifying to the good character of their wives,

and Dansforth issues warrants for the questioning of all of them. Corey charges

Putnam on inciting his daughter to accuse Corey of witchcraft in order get his

land. Corey has a witness but will not name him for fear of getting the man

arrested. Corey is arrested because of contempt of the court. Proctor presents

his case and a deposition by Mary Warren saying that she never saw the devil or

any spirits. Abigail says that Mary is lying and she and the girls pretend to be

bewitched by Mary. Proctor, frustrated at the gullibility of the court, grabs

Abigail by the hair and exclaims to everyone that she is a whore confessing that

he had an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth is brought in to be questioned about

whether this is true. Elizabeth tells the court that John Proctor never had an

affair with Abigail in order to save his name, however, this destroys

Proctor?s testimony. Mary crumbles under the peer pressure and returns to

Abigail?s side, accusing Proctor of being a witch. The girls pretend to be

bewitched by Proctor. Proctor accuses Danforth of being afraid to reveal the

truth. Dansforth acts more to keep the reputation of the court rather than for

justice. Reverend Hale now sees the evil in the court and denounces the

proceedings. Proctor is arrested. Act four begins in prison where Sarah Good and

Tituba wait to be hanged. They have gone insane and believe that Satan will take

them both to Barbados. There is rumors of an uprising in a nearby town due to

similar witch trials. The townspeople are afraid of a similar riot in Salem.

Hale and Parris are now terrified. They go to visit the innocent people in the

jail and beg them to make false confessions in order to save their lives. Hale

believes that the blood of the people who are being hanged is on his hands. He

asks Elizabeth, who is now pregnant, to tell John to confess to save his life

but Elizabeth will not. While Elizabeth is talking to John, she tells him that

she has forgiven him of his affair and tells his that he can do as he will. John

Proctor confesses that he is a witch, but will not say the others are. After a

few moments, Proctor is fed up with the court, tears up his confession, and goes

out to be hanged with Rebecca Nurse. Hales pleads that Elizabeth ask Proctor to

confess, but she says, ?He has his goodness now. God forbid I take it from