The Crucible

The Crucible is a 1953 play by Arthur Miller. The play is a dramatization of the Salem witchcraft trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Mary Warren’s character is caught between both sides of the Salem Witchcraft trials. On one side of the trial is John Proctor a down-to-earth up-front farmer for whom Mary Warren works for. The other side of the trial is Abigail Williams who is a devious girl who is convincing the girls to act as she does. In the play Mary Warren is forced to choose between what is right and wrong and what she can do to stay alive.

At the start of the play Mary Warren is perceived to be a very shy girl, who never speaks her ...

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by the feeling of control and power Abigail has tricked them into thinking they have. Abigail however also threatens Mary and the other girls; let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of the night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you (p. 26) This statement obviously was going to influence Mary’s decision on which side she shall stand on at the witch trials. In the play Abigail is seen as a somewhat of a leader to the girls, it is therefore not unexpected that she influences the girls decisions. Therefore under stress in the courtroom Mary Warren turns against John Proctor; I will not hang with you, I love God (P.104). Mary accuses John of witchery and the devils work by an act of a lie she plays on the court; He wake me every night, his eyes were like coals and his fingers claw my neck, and I sign, I sign…(P.104).

On the other side of the Salem witchcraft trials Mary Warren is ...

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Added: 3/15/2011 03:13:05 AM
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Category: Film & Theater
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