However, because she served as midwife to Mrs. Putnam pushes his daughter to charge witchcraft against George Jacobs, for if he is executed, his land will be open for Putnam to purchase. Prior to the opening of the play, Parris discovered Betty, his niece Abigail, and Tituba, his black slave from Barbados, dancing in the forest outside of Salem at midnight. Danforth shows that his greatest interest is preserving the reputation of the court when he prompts Proctor to sign a confession, thus precluding the backlash of his execution. While the craze starts through her accusations, the society is only too willing to believe her, and put them into action.
People are expected to conform to a strict standard of living and do not have private lives or interests. The play is about the Salem witch trials. Perhaps it was due to her long stint in jail combined with her already superstitious nature which together caused her insanity. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused. Betty Parris The young teenager daughter of Reverend Parris, Betty falls mysteriously ill after Reverend Parris finds her dancing in the woods with Abigail and the other young women of Salem.
She values her reputation more than her life and is sentenced to hang as a result. Theme: The Importance of Reputations One of the key themes in The Crucible is the importance of reputations. For example, the Puritans created a theocracy in order to provide a unified and stable community in Salem. Another quality that made him brave was when he confessed to the court that he had an affair with Abigail just to save his life. The girls actively seek the wilderness because it provides them with a place where they can exercise desires that society considers unacceptable. Ann Putnam The wife of Thomas Putnam, Ann suspects that there is some paranormal reason for the stillborn deaths of seven of her children and blames Rebecca Nurse. She puts the blame on Tituba.
The play is a loose metaphor for McCarthyism, and one of its main themes is the importance of reputations. In The Crucible, there are a few very important dichotomies at work: God versus the Devil, men versus women, and the community versus an individual. For example, Putnam believes God has revealed the presence of witchcraft in Salem. Giles Corey is a strong old man who has only recently converted to Christianity. Salem was a rigid society that emphasized work and the suppression of individual desires. He thinks that she and Betty have conjured spells.
Francis Nurse joins Giles Corey and John Proctor in their challenge against the court when their respective wives are charged with witchcraft. The fact that she was convicted at all for her practices is actually inherently prejudiced. Marshal Herrick Marshal is one of the local constables who guards the jail cells while nearly drunk. That John Proctor is brave, is obvious but ha can also be very extreme at some times. He does not want his sons to grow up with the legacy of their father being a Devil-worshiper. Abigail sets out to get revenge on John Proctor, who broke off his affair with her.
He resents the greediness and holier-than-thou attitude of Reverend Parris and, therefore, invites his wrath and suspicion. Their tendency towards violence, however, drives Tituba to return to her farm, which she discovers is still essentially intact after her absence of several years. She believes that a witch is responsible for the deaths of her seven infant children. When Proctor tried to convince everyone that the girls were lying, was an instance of bravery because children were thought of as the vice of god and they were pure of blemishes. A brief epilogue, still written in Tituba's first person narration, describes her fulfilling existence as a spirit, and expresses optimism for the future of black people. Due to being ethical he is also brave, extreme, and dignified. Eventually, as the apparent result of what Tituba firmly believes are the manipulations of Parris' niece Abigail, Tituba is tried for witchcraft and imprisoned.
He definitely had all the power in their relationship. Mercy Lewis Mercy Lewis is the Putnam's servant - a fat, sly merciless eighteen year-old girl whom Parris found naked when he spied the girls dancing in the woods. The wilderness outside of Salem is comparable to the wilderness in which Satan tempted Jesus. His biggest bumble in the play is when brings up the fact that his wife reads strange books. She participates in the witch trials by pretending to see spirits and falsely accusing individuals of witchcraft.
Abigail Williams is a seventeen-year-old orphan, who lives with her uncle, Rev. When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined. He systematically accuses his neighbors of witchcraft so that he might purchase their lands after they hang. Finally, the play is largely about community versus individuals. He remains largely subservient to Deputy Governor Danforth, but applies the same tortured reasoning to charges of witchcraft. Motivation:She wants to show how absurd the trails are. Proctor also fought the court trying to keep them from convicting his spouse even though nobody else would dare to do.
Analysis The inhabitants of Salem live in an extremely restrictive society. Abigail blamed Elizabeth Proctor for spreading the rumors. Despite his early enthusiasm for discerning the presence of witchcraft in Salem, Hale soon grows disillusioned with the witchcraft accusations that abound and defends Proctor when he challenges Abigail. Nurse's unfortunate end coincides with the curtain that closes this play, even though we never see it happen. Because of this, it is very understandable that Abigail would want to seize power. She also claims that he is in league with the Devil.