External Conflict In The Crucible

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5. Abigail 's relationship with the other girls is more of a dictatorship than a partnership. She is obviously the leader of the group, and the other girls are too scared of her to do anything but go along with her plans. When the other girls insist that they have to tell that they danced in the woods, Abigail threatens to "come to [them] in the black of some terrible night and bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder [them]" (Miller, 13). Her violent nature and desperation to keep their acts a secret make her a danger to the group because they know that she could easily turn around and accuse them of witchcraft. Abigail 's relationship with John Proctor is more complicated. Although they were once together,
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One external conflict in the play is the argument between Mary Warren and John Proctor. Even though John ordered Mary not to go to Salem, she defied him and went anyway. When she gets home, she stands up to him even more and tells him that she will continue to go to court, and that she will not stand any more whippings. Another external conflict is Herrick 's accusation of Elizabeth being a witch. Even if Herrick is unwilling to take Elizabeth away, he is bound by the orders of the court, but that doesn 't stop John from arguing with him and begging him not to chain her. Both men are powerless. Finally, a third external conflict is the separation in John and Elizabeth 's marriage. At the beginning of Act II, Elizabeth looks as if she wants to speak but cannot, and right before Hale arrives the couple is shouting at each other about the hook Abigail has in John. John 's internal conflict is that he loves Elizabeth and feels that he deserves her forgiveness, but at the same time he is unwilling to go to Salem and tell the court the truth about Abigail because he knows that he will have to admit that he had an affair with her. His guilt for disappointing Elizabeth makes him want to do right by her, but he doesn 't want everyone to know that he has committed a sin. This could relate to the play on a broader level because the girls that are accusing others of witchcraft are trying to make it look like they are the good ones, but they are actually just trying to save themselves …show more content…
When Hale asks if every defense is an attack upon the court, he means that it seems like whenever someone tries to defend themselves or someone else accused of witchcraft, Parris and Danforth view the person 's actions as a threat, which gives them more reason to condemn them for witchcraft. By the end of the act, Hale has realized that the court is not trustworthy. At the beginning, he really believed that those accused were witches, but now he sees that the evidence is not sound enough to kill people. Although he once thought that Danforth was right, he now disagrees with the judge. Unfortunately, Hale knows that he doesn 't have enough power to convince everyone of the

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