Quote Analysis for The Crucible by Arthur Miller “Parris: …Let me know what you done there. Abigail, do you understand that I have many enemies?”(Miller 1.8). Parris has just learned that his daughter and niece have been involved in the summoning of spirits. Instead of worrying about their reputation as the participants, he immediately worries about his own name. This immediately shows that Parris is not the Godly character he is set up to be by the town and foreshadows that he is a corrupt leader in the village and that he will eventually be an antagonist.
As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.” In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, John Proctor struggles to act honorably and maintain his good name in the Puritan society of 1692 Salem. John Proctor is said to be, “…a sinner not only against the moral fashion of time, but against his own vision of decent conduct”(Miller 19). After his wife Elizabeth discovers his affair with Abigail, she loses trust in her husband. John blames her for having a cold heart and does not fully accept his own responsibility in destroying her trust by cheating on her. In this case, John acts as a dishonorable man, claiming, “I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral
The quote “But I know the child’s sickness had naught to do with witchcraft" (Miller 169) shows that he is sure the child is not sick due to witchcraft, but to natural causes. He wants people to know that the witchcraft is not true just because the girl was sick. They were just startles about all the commotion going on. Another quote is “She only pretended to faint, your excellency. They are all marvelous pretenders (Miller 187).” This quote shows his quest for truth because he
Another reason their relationship is dangerous is that if John Procter were to prosecute against Abigail Williams saying that she is in fact a witch, Abigail Williams could very easily tell the entire town that she and Procter have been having an affair to get revenge on him. It wouldn’t really affect her too much, but on the contrary, it would ruin his reputation in the town and his relationship with his wife. Later in Act I, Abigail is being “interrogated” by Reverend Hale and she claims “I never sold myself! I’m a good girl! I’m a proper girl!” (Miller 40) in this statement, Abigail is defending herself that she never sold herself to the devil.
Giles Corey is willing to go as far as to give up his life in order to keep his land from being auctioned off. Other characters in the play are being blamed of being witches even though they are innocent and once accused they have to confess in order to not be hanged. Giles Corey sets an example for others and lets other know that they do not have to falsely confess to crimes they did not commit. Giles also stands up to Judge Danforth and does not reveal identity of the informer. Overall, Giles Corey is a brave man that sets an example for other innocent accused character in the novel and gives them a
When Bertrande went on to sue Arnaud, he discouraged Bertrande to bringing the lawsuit against the rogue imposter as he was convinced that the man Bertrande was accusing was the real Martin. His evidence was that the stranger is Martin and refers to Bertrande’s illness as her “madness” . Bertrande also questioned Martins younger sister about how the new Martin did not resemble his father “in action or in feature” and told the sister that she did not believe this man to be the actual Martin. The sister replied incredulously, “how could you even think so?’. She informed Bertrande to never speak of it again “or to anyone”.
Also when Proctor talks to Abigal alone and tells her that they will no longer have an affair. “I still wait for you to come back John...(Abigal)…”those days are long over and will never happen again(Proctor)” (miller 192). In the first Act John Proctor has a very troubled past and is feels very guilty for it and these quotes show it. In Act Tree proctor starts to change into a more protective husband. Proctors wife has been convicted of being a witch by Abigal and the towns men are about to take her away and Proctor stands in front of them and says ,“Youl’ll leave her out of sight and out of mind mister!”(202) Also when he is in the court house trying to save his wife and admits to having an affair with Abigal ruining hiss own name to save his wife.
When told that his daughter, Betty, was ill because of "unnatural causes," Paris quickly interjected, "No, no. There be no unnatural causes here." The Reverend denied this all even with seeing the girls dancing in the woods. With Reverend being in denial, he was unable to consider all causes of the problem. He was so quick to blow off the idea that witchcraft caused her sickness because he was too worried his reputation would get shot with that possibility.
They then took her to court. The least thing they fear doing is breaking one of the ten commandments. If you did not know the ten commandments people thought you were being taken over by the devil. They were very passionate about their religion. If I were to live in the Puritan times I would be living in a peaceful area with my family I would still worship God in my house but will be no part of any drama.
She questions everything he says, and admits to nothing. Winthrop becomes angered, and turns the trial over to his deputy governor, Thomas Dudley. Dudley is a man more suited for the task at hand, as he isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done. Dudley then brought six ministers as witnesses to what Anne Hutchinson had been teaching at her secret meetings. These six ministers confirmed what Dudley and Winthrop failed to get out of Hutchinson, witch was the fact that she proposed only she, and Cotton could preach a covenant of grace.