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The Crucible: Act 2
Transcript of The Crucible: Act 2
By: Morgen Kishbaugh and Ashley Hess
Proctor says to Elizabeth: "No
more! I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day. But you're not, you're not, and let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not." (Miller 1294)
Elizabeth to Proctor:
"She wants me dead, John, and you know it!"
The Way out
Mary Warren to Hale:
"Conjures me? Why, no, sir, I am entirely myself, I think. Let you ask Susanna Walcott-she saw me sewin' it in court.
Or better still
: Ask Abby, Abby sat beside me when I made it." (Miller 1307)
exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement
unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one's own
a mental condition characterized by unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance
Mary Warren is angry at Hale for not believing her when she says that she did not create the poppet as a doll representation of Abby. This creates her hysteria among the family because they are all now on her case.
Hale tries to persuade Elizabeth Proctor that Mary Warren did in fact make the poppet to represent Abigail and get the blame off of Mrs. Proctor, again creating hysteria amongst Mr. Proctor. He doesn't know whether to accuse his own wife and try to protect Abby, or blame Mary Warren.
Elizabeth begins to get more paranoid as the situation between the three worsens. The trial brought up Elizabeth's name and Elizabeth accused Abigail of bringing her up during the trial. Mrs. Proctor believes Abigail wants her dead because Mr. Proctor chose her love over Abigail's.
Even though Elizabeth was chosen over Abigail, there is still a guilt trip every time they fight. It gets brought up into every conversation they have. Abigail still tries for Mr. Proctor's attention, and deep down Mrs. Proctor knows her husband still has feelings for her and another woman as well.
Proctor already confessed that he had an affair with Abigail to his wife, Elizabeth, but she still holds it against him. She claims that he will always stick up for Abigail instead of his own wife. He does not tolerate that his wife doesn't believe him and is criticizing his every decision, including his decision to not take sides in the trial.
Elizabeth continues to hold it against him and she doesn't understand why Mr. Proctor will just claim her guilty of witchcraft and stop getting involved with Abigail overall. Mrs. Proctor as well does not tolerate her husbands behavior.
himself engaged and entered by ABIGAIL
: "Mary Warren, do you witch her? I say to you, do you send your spirit out?"
with a hysterical cry MARY WARREN starts to run. PROCTOR catches her
Danforth: What is it, child?
But ABIGAIL, pointing
with fear, is now raising up her frightened eyes, her awed face, toward the ceiling-the girls are doing the same-and now HATHORNE, HALE, PUTNAM, CHEEVER, HERRICK, and DANFORTH do the same.
He lowers his eyes from the ceiling and he is now frightened: there is real tension in his voice.
She is transfixed-with all the girls, she is whimpering, openmouthed, agape at the ceiling.
Girls! Why do you-? (Miller 1335)
Parris: The Devil lives on such confidences.
: Without confidences, there would be no conspiracy, your Honor! (Miller 1323)
"What are you?
PROCTOR is beyond speech in his anger.
You are combined with Anti-Christ, are you not? I have seen your power, you will not deny it! what say you, Mister?" (Miller 1338)
Abigail pretends that Mary Warren is possessing her with "witchcraft." This sends the court room in a hysterical frenzy. Abigail uses her power to get rid of anyone, like Mary, that tries to blame Abigail of lying about being "bewitched."
Abigail says she sees a bird up in the rafters and it represents the evil that Mary Warren is supposedly bringing in by using witchcraft.
Mary Warren finds that she can win over Abigail so she gives into Abigail's demands and blames Proctor for making her lie.
This distracts the courtroom and buys Abigail time to find more ways to convince Danforth Proctor is lying and that Abigail can really tell when somebody is a witch
If Abigail hadn't said she was bewitched, there would most likely be no trails accusing who was or wasn't a witch. The lies Abigail comes up with add to the conspiracy of the women being witches. Lying is against Christ and may end in death.
The people in the court aren't sure who to believe anymore. Proctor swears Abigail is lying and is the devil, but Abigail thinks the opposite. Either way, lying is not tolerated at all in the court.
Danforth is accusing Proctor of lying and lechery. In this period of time, people who lied were considered to be worshipping the devil.
Proctor may be sent to jail or questioned more on why he would commit adultry or lie to the court about Mary and Abigail.
Danforth: Indeed. That man have no authority to enter here , Marshal. Why have you let him in? (Miller 1344)
When Reverend Hale enters the corridor, Danforth does not want him there which shows his intolerance for him.
Danforth calls in Mr. Parris because he is angry that Reverend Hale is in the corridor conversing with Goody Nurse to try and make her confess.
Sarah Good: Oh, is it you, Marshal! I thought you were the devil comin' for us. Could I have a sip of cider for me goin'-away? (Miller 1343)
Good has finally come to accept that she is now with the devil, so now she expects the devil although it's Marshal. This freaks Marshal out, causing the hysteria amongst the two.
Result: She realized
it was Marshal instead of the devil, and asks for a sip of cider; kind of like a way to warm up to him from the false accusation.
Parris: I tell you what is said here, sir. Andover have thrown out the court, they say, and will have no part of witchcraft. There be a faction here, feeding on that news, and I tell you true, sir, I fear there will be a riot here (Miller 1346).
quote is pretty much explaning that most of the people of the town are over the witchcraft incident, but some will still cause riot of it.
Hathorne and Parris are fighting over the fact that the tragedy isn't going to end as soon as he expects it to end.
Parris: Tonight, when I open my door to leave my house-a dagger clattered to the ground.
Silence. DANFORTH absorbs this. Now PARRIS cries out
: You cannot hang this sort. There is danger for me. I dare you not step outside at night!
REVEREND HALE enters. They look at him for an instant in silence. He is steeped in sorrow, exhausted, and direct than he ever was
Explanation: Someone left a dagger on his
porch implying that he would be next to be killed. He is freaked out and paranoid as to who it was and what they want with him because he claims he is an innocent man.
Result: Parris does not
die, but tries to get Proctor to confess to seeing the devil. He also tries to get everyone else to confess.