The Crucible Discussion Questions
1.) The irony in this statement is purely the fact that the very corruption that the church was trying to avoid is exactly what is became overcome with. The wrong and deceitful lies that the church wanted to evade became the basis for many accusations and convictions of innocent peoples. 2.) Mrs. Putnam’s 7 babies died very soon after birth except for one, Ruth Putnam. According to her, the devil (and those working with the devil) are the reasons why the babies died. She does not consider a biological reason for the quick death of the children, but instead chooses to blame the situation on the supernatural. 3.) Parris means that after everything he has done for Abigail, like taking her in and allowing her to live in his home after her parents’ death, she leads everyone in the town to believe that his family are somehow connected to witchcraft. 4.) John Proctor is an honorable and honest man. He made a mistake by having an affair with Abigail while she lived in his home as a servant. He lives with guilt everyday and allowed Abigail to seduce him because his marriage was unhappy and his wife was distant. Many might say he is hypocritical but as he fought for the truth in the end, I think he is essentially a good man. 5.) Francis Nurse voiced his opinion on matters of the town, and people took him very seriously. His weight and pull amongst the townspeople came into play as he was part of the campaign against Thomas Putnam’s brother-in-law, Bayley, whom he wanted to be the new minister in Salem. Putnams and the Nurses had fought over land boundaries for years and years. They had neighboring lands, and the fight got so bad that at one point there was "a battle in the woods" that lasted a couple days. 6.) This quote refers to the fact that nothing is as it seems in the town, and that there is always a second side to the story (one which is not often heard). Each problem and issue has some other deeply woven reason in it aside from the obvious. 7.) Literally, he is talking about the fact that people are not getting along and are suing each other at an alarming rate. Symbolically, he is talking about the deeper-rooted problem that their system of theocracy seems unable to solve. 8.) Reverend John Hale is a religious scholar reputed to be an expert on witchcraft, and he comes to the town of Salem in order to investigate what is the matter with Parris’ daughter. 9.) Symbolically, the books usually stand for education and learning. In this case, these books are filled with information about the devil and witchcraft (and how to get rid of it. It has unsubstantial information). Yet, the people of Salem and John Hale put their faith in it with all their hearts. In much the same way, they later place their faith in the girls and they become weighted with authority although the girls have information that is not at all substantiated. 10.) Tituba confesses so readily to get a reprieve from the beating she is receiving. Hale and Parris threaten to hang her if she does not cooperate. It is then that she realizes the truth is not going to save her. She can see that the only thing that will save her now is for her to go along with the girls’ story and to push the blame on someone else. ACT TWO
1.) Elizabeth wants John to go to Salem and tell everyone there at the court that the girls are lying through their teeth. 2.) Mary gives Elizabeth a poppet which later ended up being the reason for her conviction at court, as that was what Abigail planned by sticking a needle in her own stomach and accusing Elizabeth of witchery through that poppet. 3.) The evidence against Sarah Good was the fact that she could not say the Ten Commandments. The jury believed that that was enough to claim that her “mumblings” were not of the Lord’s words but of witchcraft. 4.) Proctor initially does not want Mary to go to court because he and his wife Elizabeth both believe the...
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