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The Crucible: Act III quotes and analysis

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The Crucible: Act III quotes "Now, Mr Proctor, before I decide whether I shall hear you or not, it is my duty to tell you this. We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment." Danforth to Proctor (page 72) This is when Proctor had just brought Mary Warren to court and she admitted that she never saw spirits. Danforth believes that Proctor has some other hidden agenda bringing Mary to the court such as to undermine the court. When he says "we burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment." I think that this signifies a crucible. A crucible is a small pot placed over a fire to take out all impurities. The crucible here is the court which tries to rid the population of witches, which are the impurities. Specifically in this quotation, the impurity referred to here is the 'concealment' of Proctor and Mary 's tale according to Danforth. "I think not, or you should surely know that Cain were an upright man, and yet he did kill Abel" Parris to Proctor and Danforth (page 73) ...read more.

Middle

"Is every defence an attack upon the court?" Hale to Parris (page 75) This was after Proctor showed some good testimonies about Rebecca Nurse from other people. However, Parris suggested summoning all these people. Evidently, Hale has now turned his back on the court. He has been illuminated about how unreasonable the court is on deciding who gets in jail. I also think that he is feeling guilty because he was part of the court before and he was one of the people who decides whether someone is a witch or not. He feels more guilty in this instance which involves Rebecca Nurse because he signed the paperwork that lead to Rebecca's arrest. Miller also shows more evidence of how unfair the court was. It's obvious that Proctor and Francis had solid and hard evidence that states Rebecca is a good woman but instead, they believe in what the girls' say. "Let you beware, Mr Danforth. Think you be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your withs? ...read more.

Conclusion

Abigail realizes this newfound authority that she posses adding fuel to her already threatening character. "I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court!" Hale to everyone in court (page 96) Hale doesn't address this to anyone in particular. He clearly knows that Proctor is an innocent man and that he tells the truth. When Danforth ordered both Corey and Proctor to be sent to jail, this seemed to catalyse Hale's action to leave the court and to not have anything to do with it and its actions. I think that this is an important point in the story because up to this point, the court can defend itself and say that they had someone who knows what he's doing and is knowledgeable in the area of witchcraft. Before, Mr Hale first checked if they people thrown in jail had signs of being a witch, but now that he is gone, the court is a complete circus or a theatre. It is a stage for all these girls to accuse anyone they want. I'm not sure if Danforth realizes how important Hale's perspective is regarding this matter, but it didn't really matter in the end because he couldn't convince the judge that Proctor and Corey were innocent. ...read more.

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