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The Crucible- Act 1
Transcript of The Crucible- Act 1
-Abigail (page 20)
This is significant because it shows that Abigail is very evil, manipulative and controlling. It also shows that she will do anything she has to in order for her to get her way. "You are God's instrument put in our hands to discover the Devil's agents among us. You are selected, Tituba, you are chosen to help us cleanse our village."
-Reverend Hale (page 46)
This is significant because it is a very crucial turning point because he is giving Tituba the power to accuse anyone she wants of being a witch. "Abby, I may thing of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby."
This is significant because it shows that he feels guilty for what he has done and that he is now angry with his foolish actions. Theme Symbol One theme that really stood out to me is that if you keep lying and you never confess you will just keep digging yourself into a bigger hole. Examples:
The girls lie about confessing to the Lord and now people in the village actually believe there are witches and that God selected those girls to expose the ones who are the "Devils agents".
Reverend Parris lies about seeing the girls in the forest because he doesn't want to hurt his reputation.
John Proctor lies about his affair with Abigail and hides it from people so his reputation won't be lost in the village. The one symbol that stood out to me in The Crucible was Reverend Hales books. His books in Act One represented authority and knowledge. His books also gave people a sense of reassurance because they trusted him since he was so wise. An example of his books symbolizing this is one page 36 when Hale gives his heavy books to Reverend Parris and says, "They must be; they are weighed with authority". A Summary Set in Salem, Massachusetts in the Spring of 1692
Betty(Reverends Parris's daughter) and Ruth(the Putnams daughter) are ill
Doctors do not know what is wrong with the girls
Reverend Parris saw the girls(Betty, Ruth, Abigail, Tituba, and more) dancing in the forest they night before and they had a pot in the middle
The people in the village are making rumors of witchcraft which scares Reverend Parris nervous for his reputation in the village
Reverend Parris calls for Reverend Hale to come to investigate if there really is witchcraft in the village
We find out that John Proctor and Abigail had an affair
Giles comes over to ask Reverend Hale about his wife reading habits and why she hides it from him
Reverend Hale questions what has happened in the village
Abigail confesses what has happened in the forest and blames Tituba
Tituba asks for forgiveness and is chosen by Reverend Hale to "cleanse the village" (she gets to accuse whoever she thinks is a witch)
Abigail and Betty ask for forgiveness also and begin to accuse people about being a witch