We cannot leap to witchcraft. At first, this gives Proctor the determination to live, and he confesses verbally to Danforth and Hathorne. He is not quite pleased. How can you bear to see this child suffering? Proctor: I surely did come when I could, and when I could not I prayed in this house. Those found guilty of witchcraft have two options: they can confess and destroy their reputations or refuse to confess and be hanged. He had fought the Indians at Narragansett, and was deeply interested in parish affairs.
Parris, eagerly: What does the doctor say, child? Analysis: Proctor confesses to witchcraft yet refuses to incriminate others. But below its concerns with justice the play evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation, a combination not unfamiliar these days. Abigail warns Parris that there are rumors of witchcraft and that the parlor is packed with people. He cannot stop John's execution, though. A dichotomy is a contrast between two things that are considered polar opposites of each other. Hale, you surely do not doubt my justice.
John Proctor himself was 60 years old in 1692, but portrayed as much younger in the play, for the same reason. Ninety-one people have signed it. Proctor: There be no love for Satan in this house, Mister. Proctor: Do you wish to sit up? I go to God for you, sir. He was the kind of man - powerful of body, even-tempered, and not easily led - who cannot refuse support to partisans with-out drawing their deepest resentment.
Proctor reprimands her for being away all day—after all, he declares, Mary is paid to help Elizabeth in the household and has been shirking all of her duties. Giles Corey is held in contempt — the charge that ultimately leads to his execution — for refusing to name the person who told him of Putnam's scheming, and Proctor balks at the court's intention to question the 91 people who signed his declaration of the good character of the accused. Parris: Was it man or woman came with him? To all: Now mark me, if the Devil is in her you will witness some frightful wonders in this room, so please to keep your wits about you. They turn to her, startled. He realizes his part in the whole affair and is trying to save lives in the only way possible. They considered material and physical wants — especially sexual desires — as the Devil's work and a threat to society. For these reasons, among others, they carried about an air of innate resistance, even of persecution.
Rebecca, with great pain, turns her face away. Quote: I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. It becomes clear that while she worked for him, Abigail and John had an affair. Proctor, your house is not a church; your theology must tell you that. Giles: It suggests to the mind what the trouble be among us all these years. And you - would you testify to this in court? The edge of the wilderness was close by. In particular he focuses on the discovery of several young girls and a slave playing in the woods, conjuring — or attempting to conjure — spirits from the dead.
She sits and watches him taste it. You saw her with a crowd, you said. To Putnam: I have no answer for that crowd. Hale: 1 pray it, I pray it dearly. Proctor: I may speak my heart, I thi nk! But witchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by its nature, an invisible crime, is it not? Several significant themes emerge early in the play. Let your enemies make of it what they will, you cannot blink it more. On the other hand, Miller moves beyond a discussion of witchcraft and what really happened in Salem to explore human motivation and subsequent behavior.
It was also, in my opinion, one of the things that a John Proctor would rebel against, for the time of the armed camp had almost passed, and since the country was reasonably - although not wholly - safe, the old disciplines were beginning to rankle. Corey, you will look far for a man of my kind at sixty pound a year! Mister, a Christian on Sabbath Day must be in church. Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar! Abigail, pulling her away from the window: I told him every-thing,' he knows now, he knows everything we - Betty: You drank blood, Abby! In real life, the Putnams who both died in 1699 were survived by ten of their twelve children, including Thomas Putnam's conduct during the witch trial hysteria has been amply documented to have been almost entirely due to financial motivations and score-settling, something the play only makes reference to after introducing the Putnams' fictional deceased offspring as part of the plot narrative. He thinks Abigail is untrustworthy. His name is all he has left, he says, and he won't ruin it by signing lies.
Elizabeth: I do not, judge you. Putnam, stand close in case she flies. You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! They believed, in short, that they held in their steady hands the candle that would light the world. Winningly she comes a little closer, with a 22 The Crucible confidential, wicked air. The proof of their beliefs value to them may be taken from the opposite character of the first Jamestown settlement, farther south, in Virginia.