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Why Does Proctor Go To Court with Mary in Act III?

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Why Does Proctor Go To Court with Mary in Act III? John Proctor goes to court to prove to the people that his wife Elizabeth is innocent and to reveal the truth between him and Abigail Williams. By doing so, Proctor is showing Elizabeth how much he loves her. Through going to court to confess his sins, John is prepared to die to save the mother of his children from being hung for witchcraft. He does the right thing, as he dies a martyr. It is the 17th century, time of the Salem witch hysteria. Young Abigail Williams and a group of girls were caught in the forest practicing a love charm. The girls were seen dancing, performing witchcraft and some were even naked, all of which were forbidden in their Puritan Society. The punishments for these actions were harsh and brutal. Betty daughter of the minister was amongst the girls, what had happened shocked her and caused her to fall into a deep sleep, it was thought that the devil had entered Betty. Abigail admitted to dancing in the forest but she said "Tituba conjured Ruth's sister's to come out of the grave". All the witchcraft hysteria had now begun. John committed adultery with the housemaid Abigail. Elizabeth had her suspicions that were confirmed when John admitted to doing wrong. ...read more.


Danforth speaks of his opinions "A person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between.... We live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up and them that fear not the light will surely praise it." Danforth believes that there is evil amongst us all and those who are on God's side, those who believe and are not afraid of his power will be safe amongst all this hysteria. During the court Abigail said to Danforth "Goody Proctor always kept poppets." What Abigail had said was a lie, John Proctor told the court that Elizabeth kept no poppets and the poppet that had been found belonged to Mary Warren. A poppet (a small rag doll) was found in the Proctor household with a needle stuck into its abdomen, it had been made for Elizabeth Proctor earlier that day by Mary Warren. The minister who had discovered the poppet believed Elizabeth was dabbling in witchcraft, this is why Elizabeth was taken away. Abigail had told many people that Elizabeth ostracized her. Earlier that day Abigail was found with a needle wedged into her stomach, it was believed that Elizabeth had been intending to use the poppet as if it was a voodoo doll. ...read more.


John Proctor has Mary Warren throwing accusations at him, Danforth trying to wind him up, Hale trying to defend John hopelessly and a crowd of people gathering around them all whilst John loses his temper "You are pulling Heaven down and raising up a whore!" This tells everyone that its John Proctor who is with the devil. The most gripping part of Act 3 is probably the part when Elizabeth is called into the court to be questioned whether or not John has committed adultery. I think this as Elizabeth is unsure of what to say, does she tell them the truth or doesn't she? There is quite a lot of tension being built up by Danforth's inquiries, with his response gradually getting harsh and impatient. I cant help but feel sorry for John Proctor having lost almost all respect he had due to some foolish, immature girls who cannot own up to what they did wrong. The only mistakes John made were having Abigail hired for a housemaid and the lechery. At least he could own up to both. This Act shows the development of the Witchcraft hysteria of Salem and how it has pulled people down with it. It also shows the lies, the treachery and all that was misunderstood. I believe that the Crucible and The Salem Witch-hunt all have a simple moral - To believe in truth, not the rumour. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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