Proctor produces a self-inflicted wound, which, only enlarges as Abigail’s jealousy of his wife, Elizabeth, increases. After Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor 's wife, is taken away by Cheever, the lawman, Proctor has a revelation, which entails, exposing Abigail`s lies with Mary Warren’s testimony. But when Abigail’s and her posse accuse Mary Warren of witchery he soon comprehends that a confession of his adulterous ways
The most important scene in the play was act two, scene three, where John Proctor is able to talk with his wife, Elizabeth, one last time. He is accused of practicing witchcraft and at first he decides
The sudden change in Mary’s opinion of both the girls and John Proctor, exhibits her apparent inability to stand firm against the manipulative powers of Abigail. While this trait could seem negative, passed off as fickle, Mary was able to keep her true identity a mystery to Salem.
In Act Ⅱ Scene 2 of The Crucible, a 1953 play by the Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams, the antagonist, meets John Proctor, the protagonist, in the forest at night, where John asks Abigail to free his wife in court the next day, or otherwise he will expose their affair in public to ruin her. This fast-paced short scene portrays Abigail as pious and possessed, which contradicts the impression given by previous scenes. Most importantly, the scene reveals the crucial plan of Proctor which he is planning to use to take down Abigail. By excluding the scene, Miller eliminates the unfavourable danger of jeopardizing the credibility of the characters due to the inconsistency of descriptions, heightens the dramatic effect when Proctor confesses in
Miller creates pathos first in the beginning of Act One when we found out that John Proctor had been cheating on his wife Elizabeth, seven months ago, with their servant Abigail Williams. This created the emotions of shock, disappointment, and empathy for Elizabeth. The audience finds out about the affair when Abigail and Proctor are left alone and she begins to bring up their past saying, “I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near! Or did I dream that? Its she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out, you loved me then and you do now!” (1. 424-428). This shows the audience that John had more feelings for Abigail than just lust, and she knew that he felt more for her.
In the play, Mary Warren was one of the girls that was seen in the woods by Reverend Hale. When they go caught she told him that she was not participating she was just watching. In the book she felt guilt for the poppet, and it causing suspicion on Elizabeth. She was also scared of Abigail, because of the things that she did and she she wanted John Proctor to love her the way she loved him. ( Miller 2)
In the beginning of the play, Mary Warren’s character is well known as being wimpy and afraid. She is under Abigail’s control and will do everything she says. According to Sara Constantakis in Literature Resource Center, “she is weak and easily influenced. She is one of the girls who took part in the voodoo ritual and is terrified when the talk of witchcraft begins, as she knows people who are convicted of being witches are hanged.” This opinion of Mary is further proven by her action of not telling the truth about what happened in the woods because she knows Abigail would kill her. Abigail even screams “I say shut it, Mary Warren!” (Miller, Act I). Mary is always listening to Abigail’s demands, even when she knows the right thing to do. Mary Warren is seen as a poor little mouse who is too quiet to ever stand up for herself. In addition to this, Mary wants to confess about what happened in the woods, but Abigail won’t let her. Mary cries, "Abby, we've got to tell. Witchery's a hangin' error, a hangin' like they done in Boston two year ago! We must tell the truth, Abby! You'll only be whipped for dancin', and the other things!" (Miller, Act I). Mary knows she is innocent and for that reason, she is ready to own up to her sins, however Abby knows that she
Finally, the last reason why Mary Warren is a outwardly conforming character is throughout the play she is very quiet and scared which shows that she’s afraid to say anything or do anything that doesn’t go with the “rules”. In the play John Proctor states” You will tell the court what you know.(Act II, 38)” In the play Mary also says” I cannot, they’ll turn on me--(Act II, 38)” This shows that Mary “cannot” tell the truth about what the
In Act 3, the theme of religion has a different meaning than before. Now, the theme of religion is used in a manipulative way so the people can get what they want. Abigail and the rest of the girls are using Mary Warren because she has turned against them. Abigail pretends Mary is a yellow bird and is taking over their spirits. “Draw back your spirit out of them!” As soon as Abigail and the girls blame Mary for witchcraft Danforth believes them and starts to accuse Mary. “You have seen the Devil, you have made compact with Lucifer, have you not?” Mary Warren responds to the accusations with turning against Proctor. She completely disregards the pact they have made in order to save herself. “I’ll not hang with you! I love God, I love God.” In Act 4, Arthur Miller uses religion to test the characters.
Although the audience is aware that the categories of “good” and “evil” have gotten terribly mixed up in this play, Mary is faced with a life or death situation: if she does what is really “good” she will die by those who hold the power and declare it “not good;” whereas if she does what is wrong, she ends up lying. "Mary, tell the Governor what they- when, seeing him coming for her, she rushes out of his reach, screaming in horror. Don't touch me-don't touch me! I'll not hang with you! I love God, I love God. He bid you do the Devil's work? He come at me by night and every day to sign, to sign, to- Sign what? The Devil's book? He come with a book? My name, he want my name. "I'll murder you," he says, "if my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court," he says! Mr. Hale! I love God, I bless God. Sobbing, she rushes to Abigail. Abby, Abby, I'll never hurt you no more. What are you? Proctor is beyond speech in his anger. You are combined with
When Mary Warren is in court she also tries to blame someone. On page 195 Mary Warren says to John Proctor “Mr. Proctor, in open court she near to choked us all to death.” Even though Mary Warren knows this is a lie, she says it so she doesn’t get blamed anymore. But this isn’t the end of the girl’s similarities.
Mary resorted to self- preservation because of the ear instilled by Abigail. Mary wanted to confess to faking and tell the truth. Mary was a loyal worker for the Proctors and when Elizabeth Proctor was accused of being a witch Mary’s conscience weighed upon her heavily.When one of the girls that was caught dancing, Betty, fell ill Mary felt guilty, “MARY WARREN: Abby, we’ve got to tell. Witchery's a hangin' error, a hangin' like they done in Boston two year ago! We must tell the truth, Abby! You'll only be whipped for dancin', and the other things!” (Act 1, p.144-147). Mary Warren felt the blood of the hangings on her hands and wanted to come forward and tell the truth. Abigail would not let that happen because she was too concerned about the repercussions and her reputation getting ruined. Mary was stuck between John Proctor begging her to confess and Abigail threatening her life if she did. Marry ended up taking Abigail’s side in order to save herself in the end by incriminating John Proctor, “MARY WARREN, hysterically, pointing at proctor, fearful of him: My name, he wants my name. “I’ll murder you,” he says, “if my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court,” he says!””(Act 3, p. 110). At this point Mary was so confused by the violence in the situation she cracked under the pressure. Then, Mary Warren turned and accused John Proctor of threatening murder, twisting the truth in order to save herself. By saving
Mary Warren is a girl who is faced with this inner turmoil throughout this play. At the outset of the play she is perceived to be a very shy girl who will never speak her mind as shown when
In a traditional European society, females were seen "as a part of nature, not culture. Either they are passive, childlike, unsophisticated, needing leadership and guidance ". Mary Dargurru is of the third generation in the Millimurra family and thus due to the assimilation process, follows the traditional European female discourse. Jack Davis portrays her as a typical submissive female in a patriarchal society as she allows Joe to boss her around. She is frequently put on the pedestal and is desired based on her physical attributes. This is evident when she tells Joe that she "doesn't like the way Mr Neal looks at [her]". This shows that she reinforces the traditional European female discourse where the female is only looked at. She is also a "give girl" whereby in Aboriginal culture means that as a female, she can be betroth to any male who desires her. This serves to highlight her submissive female attributes in both the European and Aboriginal spheres. However, towards the end of the play, Mary
When Mary Warren reveals that she knows about Proctors and Abigail’s affair, before Elizabeth is taken away, Proctor is aggressive and prepared to use violence towards Mary in order to stop her from going to the court, Mary says she has to go o the court, this makes Proctor angry so he replies “ I’ll official you! “ Proctor thinks that Mary should be subservient as she’s just a common servant but as Mary knows his secret his attitude changes towards her. At this point in the play Proctor acknowledges that all might have to come public. This is a significant moment as he’s willing to blacken his good name in order to save his wife. Proctor comes to term that Mary may be the answer to their problem.