What are good questions to ask about the Crucible?
What is the state of the community at the beginning of the play, as the play progresses and at the end of the play? How are insiders and outsiders defined during these times? What elements existed or were created within the community to allow Abigail and the other girls to gain power?
Why did John Proctor cheat in the crucible?
John confesses to adultery because he wanted his name to be cleared for good. He states in the play “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life.” He was considered to be an honorable man and was once well respected.
Did John cheat on Elizabeth in The Crucible?
True, Proctor did succumb to sin and commit adultery; however, he lacks the capacity to forgive himself. Unsurprisingly, his relationship with Elizabeth remains strained throughout the majority of the play. He resents Elizabeth because she cannot forgive him and trust him again, but he is guilty of the same thing.
What does John decide to do in the crucible?
What does John decide to do? He tells Mary that they will both testify in court against Abigail. Although it will ruin him, he can’t allow Elizabeth die.
What is John’s secret sin?
John Proctor A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. Nevertheless, he has a hidden sin—his affair with Abigail Williams—that proves his downfall. When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined.
How is John Proctor tested in the crucible?
The test imposed on Proctor was when he had the choice of “confessing” to the witchcraft trials or not to confess and die. When Danforth requests Proctor to sign his name for all of Salem to see, Proctor is horrified and immediately withdraws his “confession” for he rather die in honor than live in shame.
How does John Proctor care about his reputation?
His immense pride and fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold his adultery from the court, but by the end of the play he is more concerned with his personal integrity than his public reputation. He still wants to save his name, but for personal and religious, rather than public, reasons.
Who accused who in The Crucible?
Other People Mentioned in The Crucible
|Jonathan Putnam||Signer of the first complaint against Rebecca Nurse; brother of Thomas Putnam.|
|Goody Howe||Accused of being a witch by Betty Parris.|
|Martha Bellows||Accused of being a witch by Betty Parris.|
|Goody Sibber||Accused of being a witch by Abigail Williams.|
What does The Crucible symbolize?
The main symbol in The Crucible is the crucible. A crucible is a receptacle for heating materials to high temperatures. It can be used in chemical reactions to separate valuable metals out from impurities or base metals. The idea of a crucible is metaphorically used in context of severe human test or trial.