The Crucible

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What is the significance of the scene between Elizabeth and John Proctor? What does it reveal about their relationship and about their characters? The significance of the scene is that Elizabeth asks John questions when he gets home late and she shows him no affection like if she doesn’t really trust him anymore. It reveals that their relationship no longer has trust.

Why do you think Miller would include such a conversation?
Miller included the conversation to expose John Proctor of his infidelity.
What does Elizabeth encourage John to do?
Elizabeth encourages John to call Abby a whore and end the promise that Abby feels she has with him. Explain Elizabeth’s statement: “John, if it were not Abigail that you must go to hurt would you falter now? I think not?” and explain John’s response. Elizabeth wanted John to tell the town that Abigail is involved in witchcraft but John tells Elizabeth that he will think about it so Elizabeth gets furious because she believes that he doesn’t want to do it because he still cares about Abigail.

What is the gift Mary Warren gives to Elizabeth?
Mary Warren gives Elizabeth poppet.

What information does Mary Warren provide about the trial? What role is she playing at the trial? Why does John forbid her from attending? Mary says that in the trial people that are innocent were being accused of witchcraft and that Elizabeth’s name was mentioned which means that she is also being accused. Mary was playing the role of an accuser but John forbids her from attending because john doesn’t believe in the necessity of the trials.

How many people have been arrested for witchcraft at this point? 39 people were now accused

Mary Warren tells Proctor that those accused will not hang if they do something- what is it that they must do? They must lie

Explain why Mary Warren thinks Elizabeth should speak civilly to her? Because Elizabeth’s name was mentioned as a suspect of witchcraft and Mary Warren stood up...
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