The third character who serves as a proponent of the witchcraft hysteria is Thomas Putnam. Mary Warren: She sent her spirit out. After trying to be sensible and honest, asking Abigail simply ''why you say that, Abby? Elizabeth: I would to God she were. I am not surprised at this, for at my own university a professor of history - a Lutheran, by the way - used to as-semble his graduate students, draw the shades, and commune in the classroom with Erasmus. Abigail's lack of any morality renders her able to charge others with witchery no matter the consequences.
You saw her with a crowd, you said. Nothing Left to Lose After her forced confession, Tituba is taken away to jail. Hale: Does someone afflict you, child? She sleeps and yet she walks. Now let me instruct you. Abigail, pulling her away from the window: I told him every-thing,' he knows now, he knows everything we - Betty: You drank blood, Abby! A second theme that Miller establishes is the ability of people to choose whichever position suits their self-interest. The young girls with Abigail convince Hawthorne of others being witches so that Abigail can get what she wants, John Proctor, also so that Abigail does not blackmail the girls. Putnam: They were murdered, Mr.
There be thirty-nine now - She sud-denly breaks op and sobs and sits down, exhausted. I sent my child - she should learn from Tituba who murdered her sisters. Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor, Mary Warren 1637 Words 5 Pages The Crucible: Salem vs. Proctor: It may be I have been too quick to bring the man to book, but you cannot think we ever desired the destruction of religion. Act One 27 Parris, wondrous and relieved: What do you make of it, Rebecca? Abigail: She tried, but I refused. Putnam: He has indeed; and found a witch in Beverly last year, and let you remember that.
Darkness in The Crucible brings a presence of evil to the play. Such hysteria engulfed the whole community into a group of individuals whose actions were motivated by fear of condemnation. Putnum - at the moment he is intent upon getting Parris, for whom he has only contempt, to move toward the abyss: Mr. Hale holds the contradictory belief that they cannot rely on superstition to solve the girls' problems but that they may find a supernatural explanation for the events. We cannot look to superstition in this. The first and perhaps most reprehensible of these characters is the Reverend Samuel Parris, a man who symbolizes the particular quality of moral repression and paranoia that drive the trials.
No hint of such speculation appears on the court record, but social disorder in any age breeds such mystical suspicions, and when, as in Salem, wonders are brought forth from below the social surface, it is too much to expect people to hold back very long from laying on the victims with all the force of their frustrations. She goes to Betty and roughly sits her up. I for-bid you leave the house, did I not? John Proctor, once a deceiving man to his wife, fights for the truth even at the cost of his own life. I have given you my soul; leave me my name! Abigail: Betty, you never say that again! Parris: Do you know this gentleman? And his good wife Ann. She discusses Ruth's sickness with Abigail, and suggests beating Betty to snap her out of her illness.
But, as in all such matters, the issue was not clear- cut, for danger was still a possibility, and in unity still lay the best promise of safety. Despite the damage it does to his own reputation, John plunges on with his confession in order to reveal Abigail's selfish motives: ''She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! The charges proceed until Tituba is deemed a witch and accuses others of conspiring with Satan. My duty is to add what I may to the godly 68 The Crucible wisdom of the court. Proctor: Then how do you charge me with such a promise? In order to right one of his many wrongs, he wishes for Elizabeth Proctor to convince John Proctor to sign a false confession in order to save his life. That they are killing innocent people. 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.
He was called upon to arbitrate disputes as though he were an unofficial judge, and Rebecca also enjoyed the high opinion most people had for him. Hale, his eyes wide: Abigail Williams told you it had naught to do with witchcraft! Winningly she comes a little closer, with a 22 The Crucible confidential, wicked air. He starts for the bed. You are another kind, John. Rebecca: Pray, John, be calm. Two of the themes presented throughout The Crucible are Witchcraft and Personal Integrity. Thomas Putnam was the eldest son of the richest man in the village.
Whatever promise she may sense - break it, John, break it. God help me, I lusted and there is a promise in such sweat. Pie speaks quietly, trying to keep his wits, Now we must be wise, Elizabeth. They were a band of individualists, and a much more ingratiating group than the Massachusetts men. They were startled and took sick. Since he lacks the malicious motivations and obsessions that plague the other instigators of the trials, Reverend Hale has the ability to change his position, yet at this point he finds himself caught up in the hysteria he has helped to create. He goes to his books, opens one, turns pages, then reads.