The Crucible Theme Analysis Essay

797 Words Dec 5th, 2012 4 Pages
Mary Warren: A Change For The Worse
People change, but is it always for the best? Mary Warren, a shy, quiet, and pushover girl is put into some difficult situations that will show everyone just how weak her backbone really. Mary was a good girl, but was influenced by everyone and made wrong decisions. Then she became extremely indecisive and couldn't choose whose side to be on. To then becoming exactly like Abigail, a guileful profligate of a girl. Mary is a dynamic character, who is bound to change in the drama, The Crucible written by Arthur Miller.

In the beginning of the story, Mary does not have much say in anything and just takes commands from Abigail and the girls. Mary Warren wanted to confess to witchcraft being fake but
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There, she was questioned by Danforth, "You are either lying now, or you were lying in the court, and either case you have committed perjury and you will go to jail for it. You cannot lightly say you lied, Mary. Do you know that"(216). Mary replied back to Danforth saying, "I cannot lie no more. I am with god, I am with god"(216). This is the beginning of Mary's indecisive lying mess. Mary said she would confess to the truth about Abigail lying, but as the trial progresses, it's only a matter of time before Mary switches sides, yet again.

In the end, Mary becomes a bad girl. Mary chose to be selfish and save herself over an innocent family. When Mary was in the courtroom, she noticed that Danforth was not believing Proctor’s side of the story, quickly changing her confession and accusing Proctor of witchcraft(219). Danforth, so persistently, asked Mary to faint in the courtroom on spot. Mary became flustered very fast, not able to placate Danforth, repeatedly said, "I promise you, Mr. Danforth, I only thought I saw them [spirits] but I did not"(219). Abigail, as conniving as she is, acted as if she saw a bird that was Mary, making it seem that the devil was present. The courtroom became an obnoxious scene of girls repeating every word Mary spoke, breaking Mary down mentally. Pushing her so far to the edge, that Mary suddenly was accusing Proctor of

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