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Act 1 - The Crucible

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Joy Kumagai

on 22 September 2012

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Transcript of Act 1 - The Crucible

Significant Quotes Conflicts "I want to open myself! I want the light
of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Good Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!"
-Abigail (pg.48) "And now you bid me tear the
light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! John, pity me, pity me!" -Abigail (pg.24) John Proctor Vs.
Self Tituba
The Putnam's Abigail
Vs. Elizabeth The Crucible
Act 1 "My name is good in the
village! I will not have it said
my name is soiled! Goody
Proctor is a gossiping liar!" -Abigail (pg.12) #1 This quote is significant to the play because Abigail clearly
states her feelings toward Elizabeth Proctor. There is obvious
tension between the two characters and this makes the reader
wonder what has happened for this to occur. Also, it revels
that there has been gossip going around about Abigail and that
she cares about her image in society. The first two sentences
indicate this and the reader can assume that reputation in
Salem is very important. #2 This quote is significant because it shows that there has been some history between Abigail and Proctor. It revels that Proctor has loved another women which is completely against his belief system. This has led to guilt which we can see from the first line when Abigail references that he wants her to stop loving him. She steadfastly refuses and belittles herself to begging for his attention as soon as they are alone. She is obsessive and stubborn and doesn't consider the feelings of anyone else but hers. This also revels to the reader why Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail hold contentment toward each other. Overall, the quote clearly revels the relationship between John Proctor and Abigail. #3 This quote is crucial to the story because it is Abigail seizing power when she interprets that there is an opportunity for her to do so. She was paying attention to how Tituba saved herself from being hung, but in turn also gave herself the power of accusing people. This is a very important power in the story because it causes the person accusing to almost determine the fate of a persons life. Since Tituba gained this by falsely admitting to making a pact with the devil, power hungry Abigail did the same thing. It is the beginning of the many accusations that will later take place and the mass hysteria that arises from them. Abigail will surely take advantage of this and make people who once gossiped about her pay the price. Theme Someone's
reputation can greatly affect
their life. Paris in the beginning of the play, did not want anyone to know that his daughter and niece were caught, "dancing like heathen in the forest." It seemed of his utmost concern even though his daughter, Betty, was not responding to anything and to him, she could have been deathly sick. His position in the church came before anything else to him. This can be related to real life when some people are so concerned on how society views them that they may endanger themselves or someone else. Reputation is important but people can easily go overboard and become too caring for it. In the play, Sarah Good and Goody
Osburn did not have very good reputations
in Salem. This lead to them being accused
first before anyone else and nobody questioned
the accusations made on them. If someone who was very important to the community was accused people would tend to question this and investigate the situation more then they did with these two ladies. Salem and our present day society base much of our actions and judgement on people's position in society and what they have done in their past. The author is trying to convey
to the readers that this is wrong by showing
that these two ladies are as innocent as
anyone else accused. It doesn't
matter what their reputation
is. In the discussion between Paris and
Abigail Williams, Paris mentions that since
she has been discharged from Goody Proctor's service and no other family has called for her service. This is because the rumors that are circling around the town are ridiculing Abigail and her moral values, which is very important in this society. Everyone is judging her on what she has done in her past and no one is willing to give her another chance. The ramifications are very great as the reader can tell since she has not been called on by any other family. This is just another example about how society has made the reputation of people critical
to their lives. Symbol The dress lying on the ground in the woods is a symbol of mischief in Act 1 because it was there, in the beginning, when the group of girls were caught dancing in the forest. Since Paris saw the dress, he began to become more suspicious of the girls actions in the forest then just ordinary dancing. This specific scene, where the dress was taken off, began the entire suspicion that there might be witchcraft in Salem and the mass hysteria that follows that assumption. If the dress had not been taken off, I believe Paris would have not been so disconcerted upon finding the girls dancing and the whole plot would not exist. There is a major external
conflict between Abigail and
Elizabeth, John Proctor's wife. They
both love John and are fighting for his affection. Each women wants the other
one to be completely wiped from his heart.
By the end of Act 1, Abigail has seized an enormous amount of power. Since we
know of this conflict, the reader can
assume that Abigail will accuse Elizabeth
so she can finally have the man that
she wants. There is an internal conflict
inside of John Proctor, concerning his relationship with his wife and the one with Abigail. Abigail is a young, self confident women who loves him dearly and is strikingly beautiful. She is constantly trying to lure him into temptation and renew their affair they had seven months ago. While Elizabeth, his steadfast wife has always been there for him. His morals go against anything that has to do with Abigail and tell him to keep pure to Elizabeth and to reject Abigail. So far, he has not fallen into temptation again, but he puts his wife in a horrible position since Abigail has recently gained the abitlity to accuse people of witchcraft. John Proctor is faced with the guilt of his previous decisions,
and the fact he might be endangering
his wife. There is an external conflict between
Tituba and the Putnam's in the middle of Act 1.
Their only daughter Ruth, has fallen "sick" and is
not responsive to them, acting very similar to Betty. The Putnam's are in the same room when Abigail starts accusing Tituba for sending her spirit on her at church and doing other witch-like things. They believe that she has somehow made Ruth sick. The combination of this and Abigail's lies goes to the point where Mr. Putnam yells, "This woman must be hanged! She must be taken and hanged!" Tituba was basically powerless against them because of her class in society until she is given the power to determine which people in Salem are witches. A possible ramification of this conflict
might be that Tituba accuses Mr. and
Mrs. Putnam to witchcraft since they
wanted her dead in this scene.
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