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Book Guides. The first act of The Crucible sets the stage literally, heh for the disturbing sequence of events that will unfold in Acts 2, 3, and 4. Most of the major characters are Visions Of You - Belinda Carlisle - Digital Collection, and there are critical insights into various political and personal conflicts that threaten to disrupt the social order in the town of Salem.
We also learn how the witchcraft craze got started and why it spiraled out of control. This article will go over the very important sequence of events and their thematic relevance so you can answer all the questions your English teacher throws at you.
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Despite the title of the second summary, I urge you to actually read the play so you have a stronger understanding of the voices of the characters and the thematic points Miller is trying to make.
The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration , if you don't read it you'll miss out on some amazing stage directions that can be easily misinterpreted as giggle-worthy euphemisms if you're as immature as me and my fellow blog writers.
Ten-year-old Betty Parris has contracted a mysterious illness that renders her mute and bedridden. Her father, Reverend Samuel Parris, caught her dancing in the woods the night before with a group of girls. The group included his teenage niece, Abigail Williams, and his slave, Tituba. Parris questions Abigail about the rumors, but she claims the girls were just dancing.
Ann Putnam says that her daughter, Ruth, who was with the group in the woods, is also afflicted with The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration strange illness. Ann sent Ruth to Tituba in hopes that she would be able to communicate with her siblings and find out who or what was responsible for their deaths.
To her uncle's dismay, Abigail admits that Tituba and Ruth were conjuring spirits in the woods. Abigail and two girls named Mercy Lewis and Mary Warren, who were also in the woods, are left alone with Betty.
They try to wake her up as they get their story straight. Betty blurts out that Abigail drank chicken blood in an attempt to cast a spell that would kill Elizabeth ProctorThe Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration Abigail warns her to keep quiet or else. John Proctor enters the room, and Mercy and Mary leave Abigail alone with him. John and Abigail had an affair when The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration worked as a servant in his house, and Abigail wants it to continue.
John insists that he has recommitted himself to his wife, Elizabeth. Everyone who is singing outside the room rushes in to check on her. Betty's distress is taken as additional evidence of witchcraft by Ann Putnam, and some of the others start to come around to this theory as well. An intellectual church leader named Reverend Hale arrives The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration the town of Ima Jedna Rijeka - Milo Hrnić - Biser Hrvatski to investigate the situation and see if he can detect any signs of witchcraft.
Abigail confesses that Tituba called the Devil after more details about the previous night are revealed. I want YOU to join my plot to totally mess with a super lame town in Massachusetts.
A woman named Tituba is introduced as the Parris family's middle-aged slave from Barbados; she tries to check The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration Betty, but she is immediately ordered out of the room by Reverend Parris. She tells him that Susanna Walcott is there with a message from the doctor. Susanna is a teenager a little younger than Abigail. She says that the doctor can't find anything physically wrong with Betty, and they should start to consider supernatural forces as a potential culprit.
Parris is very concerned about damage to his reputation if witchcraft is discovered in his house. However, he has also summoned Reverend Hale from the neighboring town of Beverly to quietly investigate whether there is any truth to this supernatural hypothesis. Susanna leaves, and Abigail and Parris are alone with Betty. Abigail reveals that the rumor of witchcraft has already spread around townand many people are gathered in the parlor of the house.
Parris is reluctant to discredit these rumors because he fears they may be true. The previous night, he saw Abigail and Betty dancing in the forest with Tituba. He also saw a dress on the ground and a girl running naked through the woods. Parris demands to know whether witchcraft was involved. Abigail The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration to insist that the girls were just dancing. At this point in the conversation, a tormented middle-aged woman named Ann Putnam enters the room along with her husband, Thomas Putnam.
Ann is a firm believer in witchcraft because seven of her babies have died in infancy, leaving her with only one Games People Play - The Alan Parsons Project - The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project child.
She sees no possible explanation for this that is not supernatural in nature. The Putnams are glad that Parris has summoned Reverend Hale to investigate the situation The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration Hale supposedly caught a witch in Beverley recently.
Parris is still trying to shut down the witchcraft conversation because of the damage it might do to his Windswept - Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls. Ann reveals to Parris that she actually sent Ruth to consult with Tituba the night before because Tituba can communicate with the dead. Ann wanted Ruth to talk to her dead siblings and find out who killed them. The Putnams say they are convinced that a baby-killing witch is running rampant.
Abigail admits that Tituba and Ruth were conjuring spirits. Parris is convinced his livelihood is ruined now that someone who lives The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration his roof has been revealed to be a witch. Abigail and Mercy are left alone, and they try to rouse Betty to no avail. The two girls decide their official story will be that they were just dancing, and there was no magic involved. Then, another teenage girl named Mary Warren enters the room. Suddenly, Betty gets a burst of energy.
She reveals that Abby drank chicken blood in the forest in an attempt to cast a spell to kill Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail slaps her and tells everyone that they had better stay quiet about the details of what really happened. Abigail says that she's seen some stuff i. John Proctor, a farmer, then enters the room. He yells at Mary Warren, who is his servant, for leaving his house when he forbid her from doing so. Mary and Mercy both leave, and Abigail and John are left alone.
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She insults his wife and continues to insist that he still loves her. Rebecca Nurse, and old and highly respected woman in Salem, enters the room along with an old man named Giles Corey. Everyone is impressed with this, and the Putnams ask if Rebecca can also help Ruth, but Rebecca doesn't think there's anything supernatural going on. Betty is just acting up as kids are prone to do. Rebecca suggests that they should rely on the doctor and avoiding bringing Reverend Hale into the situation because it will cause unnecessary conflict.
Thomas Putnam takes issue with this, The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration he The Crucible - Ganbaru - Declaration Parris that when Reverend Hale arrives they must look for signs of witchcraft. He then implies that Proctor is the leader of a faction against him in the church. He expects Giles Corey to be on his side, but Giles unexpectedly suports Parris because he thinks there may be something to the witchcraft hypothesis.
Giles has been in court six times that year for various lawsuits. Proctor points out that Giles is the cause of many of these suits because he is always suing people for defamation for no reason.
Proctor and Putnam argue briefly about who owns a certain tract of land near the woods where Proctor plans Take Me Home - Various - Music For Montserrat (VHS) gathering lumber. Reverend Hale enters the room with a stack of academic books. Hale views the investigation of witchcraft as serious scientific inquiry. He brought the books because they explain all the different forms the Devil can take.
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Giles tries to consult Hale about his wife, Martha, who he says has been reading strange books. He is worried that this might signify something sinister because he was unable to say his prayers while she was reading. Hale is somewhat intrigued and says they can discuss the issue later. Hale addresses Betty, asking Mother TRoad - Camel - Echoes if someone is bewitching her. Betty does not respond to his questions at first.
Abigail is pressed with more questions about what exactly was going on in the woods. Je Vous Revois - Francis Dee - Invitation À La Danse says that when he came upon the girls, he saw that they had a kettle with a frog in it.
Faced with this damning evidence of black magic, Abigail admits that Tituba called the Devil. Tituba is dragged into the room to face these charges. Immediately, Abigail places all the blame on her, claiming that Tituba made her drink chicken blood from the kettle. Tituba protests that Abigail was the one who instigated the meeting in the woods, but she is drowned out by further accusations from Abigail.
Parris and Hale also talk over her attempts to explain herself. Tituba is terrified, so she breaks down and says the Devil forced her to work for him. Putnam, Parris, and Hale encourage her to tell them who she has seen and plant the names of Goody Good and Goody Osburn in her mind as potential witches. Tituba says the Devil told her to kill Reverend Parris, and he promised her a better life if she worked for him. Abigail adds more people to the list of the accused. Betty suddenly wakes up and joins her in shouting out additional accusations.
Hale and Parris rejoice at Betty's apparent miraculous recovery.
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