Mary tells the court that the girls are lying. Once they're alone, Proctor demands that Mary expose the other girls as frauds and promises to confront Abigail if he must. He accuses her of causing harm to Betty, whom Tituba loves dearly, and she denies it. Everyone rushes in and wonders if she was bewitched. Their daughter Ruth is also sick, and they assume witchcraft to be the cause. He finally demands that Mary Warren come to court and testify against Abigail, but she sobs that she cannot.
The community is one that promotes interference in all personal matters and intensely frowns upon any sinful conduct, without allowing for any legitimate expurgation of sin. As Proctor angrily denies it, Hale arrives to investigate the Proctors. This scene serves as a catalyst for the remaining action of the play. The girls actively seek the wilderness because it provides them with a place where they can exercise desires that society considers unacceptable. After Parris and Hale interrogate her for a brief time, Tituba confesses to communing with the devil, and she hysterically accuses various townsfolk of consorting with the devil. In this, one sees that the launching of lies in the public can carry tremendous impact in the realm of the private, as the adultery between Abigail and John has provided significant strain on the marriage between him and Elizabeth. The community is portrayed as superstitious and gullible.
This dispute centers on money and land deeds, and it suggests that deep fault lines run through the Salem community. A crowd gathers in the Parris home while rumors of witchcraft fill the town. After Proctor agrees that Elizabeth would never lie, the court summons Elizabeth and questions her about the affair. John swears that his wife can confirm the affair. Abigail has run away, taking all of Parris's money with her. He says that if she loves these children she must let God's light shine on her.
Parris announces that Abigail stole money from him and fled. Proctor denounces Abigail's charge against Mary Warren, stating that Abigail is a lying whore. Despite Hale's desperate pleas, Proctor goes to the gallows with the others, and the witch trials reach their awful conclusion. Proctor admits he has some feelings for her, but says the affair is over. Proctor, at first, confesses to witchcraft but then changes his mind as he realizes he needs to keep his name clean, as it is the only honest thing he still has. Parris' slave from Barbados, enters the room. Around midnight the night before, Parris had discovered Betty, his niece Abigail, and Tituba, his black slave, dancing in the woods, causing Betty to swoon.
Then Reverend Hale arrives at the house to inquire as to the Christian beliefs of John and Elizabeth. Tituba then confesses to communing with the devil, and say that she has seen the devil conspiring with other townspeople. Griggs can find no cure for Betty's ailment. Eight days later, Proctor and his wife Elizabeth discuss the many people who have been charged with witchcraft by a court presided over by the deputy governor of the province. He's heard rumors Elizabeth now rarely comes to church because she refuses to sit near Abigail. Rebecca Nurse and Giles Corey enter.
Giles Corey asks Hale what the reading of strange books signifies. He also says that he meant nothing when he said that his wife read strange books. She tells the other three girls that if they admit to anything more than dancing and Ruth and Tituba's conjuring, she'll kill them. Mary Warren, their servant and one of Abigail's circle, returns from Salem with news that Elizabeth has been accused of witchcraft but the court did not pursue the accusation. The other girls are then threatened by Abigail to keep them from telling what really happened in the forest. Prior to the opening of the play, Abigail worked as a servant in the Proctor home.
Reverend Parris returns, and realizes that Betty cannot bear to hear the Lord's name. A week later, alone in their farmhouse outside of town, John and Elizabeth Proctor discuss the ongoing trials and the escalating number of townsfolk who have been accused of being witches. Act 1 The Crucible starts out in the bedroom of Betty Parris, the sick daughter of the towns preacher Samuel Parris. Yes In my perspective Miller explains what really motivated the people of Salem to accuse their neighbor ,friend ,and relatives of witchcraft because on page 167 paragraph seven the Quote says the parochial snobbery of these people was partly responsible for their failure to convert the Indians. Parris has sent for Reverend Hale of Beverly, who will confirm the possibility of an unnatural cause of Betty's illness, but he orders Susanna to say nothing of unnatural causes to others. Furious, Proctor confesses his affair with Abigail and accuses her of being motivated by jealousy of his wife.
The witch trials serve as a means to break from this stifling atmosphere and publicly confess one's sins through accusation. John yells to her that he already admitted it, and she realizes she made a huge mistake. Parris is a narrow man but not a bad one. Several young girls claim to be afflicted by witchcraft, starting with Reverend Paris's daughter Betty. It is amazing how lies told by a young female in The Crucible can start so much trouble in society. When Proctor tells Williams he no longer is in love with her, Abigail states that John's wife Elizabeth has bewitched Abigail.
In Act three they are in the courtroom and John brings Mary Warren's deposition saying she never saw any spirits, and all of the girls have been pretending the entire time. In the contrast of both scenes, the difference between deliberate and intentional cruelty through. Soon Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft and is arrested and taking to court. Elizabeth wants Proctor to expose Abigail as a fraud, but she suspects Proctor may still have feelings for the girl. Putnam admits that she sent Ruth to Tituba. Parris is distinctly paranoid, defending himself from all enemies even when they may not exist. .
This charade angers John Proctor and, in a violent outburst, he calls Abigail a harlot. A young woman named Abigail Williams, along with several other girls, lead accusations of witchcraft against their community in an attempt to deflect repercussions from their own witchcraft encounters. Betty wakes up and begins screaming. Conflicted, but desiring to live, John agrees to confess, and the officers of the court rejoice. Giles tells Danforth that someone told him that Putnam prompted his daughter to accuse George Jacobs so that he could buy his land. 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. After Parris and Hale interrogate her for a brief time, Tituba confesses to communing with the devil, and she hysterically accuses various townsfolk of consorting with the devil.