Effects Of Mary Warren In The Crucible

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Being pressured by the environment is very common, but it can have disastrous effects. The environment effects Mary Warren in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It is based on the true story of the Salem witch trials. The trials occurred in 1692, playing a major role in American History, as it caused the accusations and deaths of several innocent people as they were accused of witchcraft. Mary Warren played a crucial role in the allegation of the virtuous people in Salem as her lies spread throughout the town convincing the court to accuse many innocents. She also did not stand up for lies being spread by the other girls. Through Mary Warren’s actions, she is the primary culprit for the Salem witch trials. Mary Warren is easily convinced …show more content…
While she is in court Hathorne says, “ You say you never saw spirits, Mary were never threatened or affected by any manifest..” (3. 719-721) to which Mary Warren responds “No, sir,” (3. 722). Here Mary Warren tries to protect Proctor by claiming that all this witchcraft foolery is all a lie. However Mary Warren does not give a strong argument. When Abigail starts debating with her, she starts weakening her stance. As Proctor says to Mary “ (sensing her weakening) Mary, God damns all liars!” (3. 1066-1067). Here Mary, as she is getting questioned, is weakening her stand causing Proctor to try encouraging her. As her bearing weakens her words in court don’t become as powerful and meaningful as they could be. This causes her attitude to save Elizabeth to be really weak. Eventually Mary Warren's whole stance crumbles causing her to scream, “My name, he want my name. ‘I’ll murder you’, he says, ‘if my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court,’ he says!” (3. 1120). Under pressure from the girls, Mary tells the court Proctor forced her to say these lies to save his wife and overthrow the court. She could have stopped all the accusations at this moment if she did not fall for the girls, but now Abigail is still free allowing more and more people to be accused and hanged. Not only that, but the person she came to defend is still in jail and now she accused another innocent person to witchcraft. Even though Mary Warren tried to save Elizabeth Proctor in court, she fails to do this and instead of saving her, she also accuses her husband of witchcraft. This is just another innocent accused of something they have never done because of Mary Warren. Cleary, Mary Warren is to blame as even though she tried to do the right thing she didn’t and instead did the wrong

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