Barry, collapsing on the bed: Mama, Mama! 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. And 1 thought I saw - someone naked running through the trees! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! The way I feel was the most effective, was the way Arthur changes our impression of proctor during the play. An audience today would probably be shocked by some of the dramatic moments that happened in the Salem witch trials. 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. Proctor, respected and even feared in Salem, has Act One 21 come to regard himself as a kind of fraud. As for Rebecca herself, the general opinion of her character was so high that to explain how anyone dared cry her out for a witch - and more, how adults could bring them-selves to lay hands on her - we must look to the fields and boundaries of that time.
Hale, obviously disturbed - and evasive: Goody Proctor, I do not judge you. Abigail: Aye, but we did. He gets up, goes to her, kisses her. Parris, hushed: What book is that? His daughter, Betty Parris, aged ten, is lying on the bed, inert. Abigail turns to her at once. Mercy, run to the doctor! The Salem tragedy, which is about to begin in these pages, Act One 7 developed from a paradox. Another suggestion to explain the systematic campaign against Rebecca, and inferentially against Francis, is the land war he fought with his neighbors, one of whom was a Putnam.
So their self-denial, their purposefulness, their suspicion of all vain pursuits, their hard- handed justice, were altogether perfect instruments for the con-quest of this space so antagonistic to man. Proctor names nine successfully, but he forgets the commandment forbidding adultery. Begin searching for your perfect one-act play with our powerful search, or browse the selection below of some of our most beloved titles. The particular quality of Parris that renders him dangerous is his strong belief in the presence of evil. I have eleven children, and I am twenty-six times a grandma, and I have seen them all through their silly seasons, and when it come on them they will run the Devil bowlegged keeping up with their mischief. Rebecca, in thought, now leaves the bedside and sits.
You could also look at it I he way that if Miller increases credibility with some factual intermissions then the audience are more likely to believe any fiction that he puts on top of the basic fact. Hale: What sort of soup were in this kettle, Abigail? The singing has stopped in the midst of this, and now Parris rushes in. The girls begin accusing Tituba and townswomen of witchcraft when they are called out about their mischief in the woods by Reverend Hale. I am looking for you more often than my cows! Abigail admits that Tituba and Betty did summon spirits, but none of the other girls were involved. Proctor: And so condemned her? I am paid little enough without I spend six pound on firewood. Putnam, also, seems to have a personality change.
Proctor obliges but forgets the commandment prohibiting adultery. He says that people should either be obedient or burn in hell. He was a crank and a nuisance, but Act One 41 withal a deeply innocent and brave man. I never thought you had so much iron in you. Proctor: I am only wondering how I may prove what she told me, Elizabeth. Abigail: I never called him! Abigail insists they were not practicing witchcraft or dancing naked.
He counts back on his fingers, knowing one is missing. It were a grand sneeze; another like it will shake her wits together. I have no doubt that people were communing with, and even worshiping, the Devil in Salem, and if the whole truth could be known in this case, as it is in others, we should dis-cover a regular and conventionalized' propitiation of the dark spirit, One certain evidence of this is the confession of Tituba, the slave of Reverend Parris, and another is the behavior of the, children who were known to have indulged in sorceries with her. Were I stone 1 would have cracked for shame this seven month! Abigail has accused her of witchcraft and attempted murder via black magic and voodoo dolls. He says that he feels as though his home is a courtroom, but Elizabeth responds that the real court is in his own heart. He introduces himself to Rebecca Nurse, and has heard of her great charity.
And a number of key characters. His role seems to be made larger and more significant in the movie, which presumably accounts for the change in character representation. Despite the cold weather and the poor treatment she receives, it is clear she has a genuine love for Betty, Reverend Parris's daughter. Elizabeth: She frightened all my strength away. Abigail stares in fright at Betty. So speak utterly, Tituba, turn your back on him and face God - face God, Tituba, and God will protect you.
She is, however - mentioned somewhat. Rebecca: Let us hope for that. You are another kind, John. Hale: Who told you this? Then Putnam says there are children dying and Proctor says he sees no children dying. Clasp his hand, make your peace. I have come to help you, dear.