The Crucible by Auther Miller
The Crucible opens with Salem’s minister, the Reverend Parris, watching over his sick daughter Betty, wondering what is wrong with her. We soon learn that the entire town is buzzing with rumors that Betty is sick because of witchcraft. Rev. Parris had seen both Betty and his niece Abigail dancing in the forest with his slave, Tituba, the night before. That evening in the forest, he also saw a cauldron and a frog leaping into it. When first questioned, Abigail denies that she or Betty have been involved in witchcraft, but she admits that they were dancing in the forest with Tituba. Abigail lives in the Parris household because her own parents are dead. She used to live at the home of John and Elizabeth Proctor, but they asked her to leave for some mysterious reason.
Abigail Williams: servant, smart, wily, intelligent
Reverend John Hale: intelligent, minister, critical, misundeerstood
Elizabeth Proctor: Virtuous, Cold, lonely, hurt
Discussion/ essay Question: 1. In the Second Chapter, why has reverend Parris sent for a doctor as the play begins? 2. (pp. 16-19) what is Parris’ Main concern? 3. What happened in the past between John Proctor and Abigail? How deos each of them fell about it now?
From Pages 102-103, ACT 1 Proctor, gently pressing her from him, with great sympathy but firmly
“Child— Abigail, with a flash of anger: How do you call me child! “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.” Abigail replied “Aye, but we did.” Proctor responded “Aye, but we did not.” Abigail Spoke with a bitter anger “Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be over him.”
Key Passage Explanation
The tragedy leaves the villain's fate