Book Analysis: The Crucible

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The film opens with a group of young girls and a slave named Tituba dancing around a fire in the woods of salem, massachusetts. A man sees the girls dancing; he startles them and they scatter but the 2 youngest girls are scared so much so that they pass out and enter a coma like state. The man we later find out is a reverend, one of the younger girl 's father, and the uncle of the ring leader of this dancing party. His daughter betty was one of the comatose girls. Reverend Parris called in an expert in witchcraft, Reverend Hale, to look at the comatose girls, because he suspected the girls of witchcraft. Abigail, the ringleader of the group, admits to dancing but nothing more beyond that. The town gathers in and around the home of reverend …show more content…
After all this madness is calmed, john proctor, a farmer comes to talk to abigail alone about the affair they had the year before while she was working in his home. She was fired by proctors wife but her love for him never left, she tried to kiss him when they were talking but he pushed her away and told her to stop all the foolishness with the other girls. Betty wakes up screaming and the crowd of puritans rush upstairs. They begin to argue about her being bewitched, another argument ensued between proctor, parris, the wealthy thomas putnam and, the argument-loving giles corey. This foreshadows how the town will split when the trials begin. While the men argue proctor leaves and reverend hale arrives to examine betty. Hale begins to interrogate abigail about the girls activities in the woods and she blames …show more content…
Judge danforth is suspicious of proctor and his motives so he tells him his wife 's life will be spared due to her pregnancy. Proctor mind isn 't changed and he convinces danforth to allow mary to testify, mary proceeds to tell the court all the girls are liars but when the girls are brought in they accuse mary of bewitching them. Feeling like he had no other choice proctor confesses to the affair between him and abigail saying this is her motive for accusing elizabeth. Danforth calls in elizabeth to test proctor and see if elizabeth would agree with proctor of lie to protect her husband 's good name. Despite her natural good honesty she lies for her husband causing danforth to denounce proctor as a liar. The girls again pretend that mary is bewitching them, frantically mary accuses john proctor himself of being a witch. This infuriates proctor causing him to burst out against the court. He then is arrested and hale quits the proceedings. The trials and hangings continue through the summer and into the fall causing unrest in salem and the surrounding colonial towns, even the judge danforth grows nervous about the number of people being sent to the gallows. Soon before john is set to be hanged abigail runs away, taking parris’s savings, not wanting to see her love killed from her own actions. Hale lost all faith

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