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Examine how the character of Mary Warren changes throughout the play.

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Introduction

Examine how the character of Mary Warren changes throughout the play I have chosen to write this essay on Mary Warren because I found her development through the play very interesting. In the beginning Mary Warren is powerless, weak and frightened, but as the play progresses she changes. While reading this play, my feelings towards Mary warren, have gone from not really being bothered about her to even hating her for what she did to Proctor. In the beginning of the play Mary Warren is a feeble servant who is shouted at and put down callously. My point is backed up by the following extract: Mary- " Oh! I'm just going home, Mr Proctor." Proctor- " Be you foolish, Mary Warren? Be you deaf...I am looking for you more often than my cows! ... I'll show you a great doin' on your arse one of these days. Now get you home; my wife is waitin' with your work!" ...read more.

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Her bravery came as surprise to me and probably did to other people as well. This was the first of her vast personality change she becomes stronger and assertive. I think this sudden occurrence of courage and strength came from her feeling importance because of the trails and her part in them, what she says, probably for the first time, is valued and asked for. In Act 3, Mary's strength is lost and she goes back to being fragile and frightened and due to this she does what she thinks is right and accuses Proctor of witchcraft. This is shown by the following quote: " I cannot lie no more, I am with god, with god! ... Lord, save me!" (Turning to them al hysterically and stamping her foot) " Abby, stop it!"... (Pointing at Proctor)" You're the devils man!" (Proctor is stopped in his tracks.) Mary is being falsely accused and can't take the pressure and completely breaks down, maybe because of all the taunting and lies made up about her by Abigail and the other girls. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another reason why I think Mary turned on Proctor was she might have thought that she would get revenge for the way he used to treat her, but I don't think she wanted him to die, just to feel her pain. Studying Mary Warren showed us different sides to her. We see her as fragile, frightened, lonely and unimportant. This has changed by Act 2 though. She has changes in attitude towards different people especially Proctor and by Act 3 Mary has broken down and is back to what she was in the beginning. The viciousness of Abigail and the pressure of the Judges and Proctor shatter all her confidence and strength. Mary took advantage of her position because normally women didn't have much say in anything. In a way, you can say, she was doing this for all the other women with no say in the community. I think she wanted to do the right thing but she was too overwhelmed by power and decisions. Priti Jilka 10pa - P ...read more.

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