The Crucible Act Ii Research Study Guide
Act II 1. What does the reader find out about the Proctors’ marital relationship through the disparity between what John Proctor does before he sees his better half and when he talks with her? John comes into your home, tastes the stew and adds flavoring. At supper he compliments her seasoning of the meal. This lie demonstrates how he does find fault with Elizabeth, but likewise that he will not be open and truthful with her. There is an apparent barrier in between the two that is shown in the very first few pages of this act.
Some students may argue that this early action of John develops that he loves his partner and attempts to please her, however Elizabeth remains separated from him. She appears somewhat aloof or withdrawn. This distance is clearly due to John’s adultery. 2. In what ways is Miller’s use of dialogue effective in the very first 2 pages of this scene to reveal the rift in between the couple? There is no flow to the discussion in the beginning. Each makes statements, and the other responds, however there is no discussion. The cold they feel towards each other stumbles upon in this required dinner dialogue. When Proctor kisses his spouse, what does her reaction reveal about her feelings? Miller composes: “She gets it.” Elizabeth does not return the affection; she allows herself to be kissed. This action shows their aloofness and lack of intimacy. 4. What does Proctor’s doubt to take a trip to Salem suggest about his inner conflict? While he wants to clear up the hysteria about witchcraft, he does not wish to attack Abigail. The factor might be that he still has feelings for Abigail and/or the factor might be that he does not want his adultery to come out in court. 5.
Explain the paradoxical ultimatum the head of the court has offered to those who have been apprehended. The accused must admit or die. If they claim to be innocent, they pass away. If they declare to be guilty, they live. Thus, paradoxically, they are penalized for telling the fact yet rewarded for lying. 6. Explain Proctor’s quote: “If the lady’s a saint now, I believe it is not easy to prove she is a scams, and the town gone so silly.” The town’s viewpoint of Abigail is so high that anyone who concurs with her is thought about morally right, however anybody who speaks versus her is thought about evil.
Proctor is saying it will be hard to show to everyone that Abigail is wrong, and the entire town has actually been deceived, while he alone knows the reality. 7. What lie does Elizabeth notice Proctor told? How does this feed her existing suspicions? Proctor discusses that he was alone with Abigail at Parris’s home. Formerly he informed Elizabeth that he and Abigail were in a group of individuals. In her mind, this validates her suspicions that Proctor still has feelings for Abigail. 8. What present does Mary Warren give to Elizabeth? What does her making it and giving it to Elizabeth foreshadow?
Mary Warren offers Elizabeth a poppet that she made while sitting on a bench in court. As poppets, or dolls, were tools utilized in Voodoo to bewitch others, the presence of a poppet in the Proctors’ house might be utilized as proof that one of them is a witch. 9. How does Mary Warren save herself from a whipping? Who does Elizabeth think implicated her of witchcraft and why? Mary reveals that someone accused Elizabeth of witchcraft in court, and Mary was the one who pertained to Mrs. Proctor’s defense. “We must all like each other now, Goody Proctor,” is really a danger.
She is letting Elizabeth know that if the Proctors do not give Mary some flexibility, she might not be able to defend her additional. Elizabeth believes it was Abigail who accused her in order to wed the widowed John once Elizabeth is gone. 10. What does Hale’s motivation for checking out the Proctors inform the audience about his character? He discusses that he is not there on court business; he is looking to get a clearer picture of those who are implicated. This reveals he is a free-thinking person. Though the court and he share a typical goal, he is not the ourt’s servant or messenger. It likewise suggests to the audience that he will be more mindful in what he accepts as “real” and more willing than the court to analyze all the sides of the concern. 11. In what ways does Hale question John Proctor’s spiritual strength? Hale concerns John’s infrequent church attendance, his disrespect for Parris, and his refusal to get his 3rd son baptized. 12. Describe how Hale tests Proctor’s belief in God, in addition to the paradox in how Proctor stops working Hale’s test. Hale asks Proctor to recite the 10 Commandments.
John for a short while forgets the commandment that he has broken: “Thou Shalt not Commit Infidelity.” 13. Explain Hale’s quote: “Guy, keep in mind until an hour prior to the Devil fell, God believed him lovely in Heaven.” Anyone can evil, in spite of his or her past good behavior. Even Rebecca, who Hale thinks is above suspicion, is conceivably in league with Satan. 14. Explain Francis’ metaphor: “My other half is the very traditional of the church.” Rebecca is being compared to the structure of the church; for that reason, she is very essential to the church neighborhood.
The “great soul” Hale had actually heard of in Beverly is well-respected and essential to the churchgoers in Salem. 15. What proof does Cheever have versus Elizabeth? He finds a poppet that Abigail claims Elizabeth is using for voodoo. 16. If Mary contradicts Abigail, how is she “charging cold murder on Abigail”? If Abigail is lying, the only reason would be that she desires Elizabeth to be found guilty and be sentenced to death. For that reason, Abigail would be trying to murder others with these lies. 17. How is Hale a “damaged minister”?
Proctor interprets the absence of support from Hale to indicate that he believes the court and wants to let innocent people be sentenced. 18. Describe the demand Proctor makes from Mary Warren at the end of scene one and her considerable action to his hazard. Proctor tells Mary she will testify against Abigail, or he will bring her “guts up through her mouth.” Mary replies that Abigail will charge lechery on Proctor if he goes to court, revealing that Mary has actually known about the affair for some time and understands Abigail is prepared to use it versus Proctor. 9. Who are the 2 vibrant characters in this scene and show their changes. Mary Warren is “a mouse no more.” She is subservient in Act I and strong in this scene. Reverend Hale is confident in his resolution to search out the witches in Act I, however by the end of this scene, and most especially the arrest of Rebecca Nurse, he questions the intentions of the accusers and thinks that vengeance, not Satan, is controlling the town’s insanity. 20. How are the golden candlesticks symbolic of Parris’s character?
Parris is not satisfied with lead candlesticks, which would represent the Puritan proscription versus vanity. He wants golden candlesticks just as he desires more money and a finer church. As a previous business person, Parris is more worried with financial concerns than with spiritual ones. 21. How is the poppet a sign of Abigail’s control of the society? Abigail has actually had the ability to flex and manage the town as she might a doll. The concept that the doll is a sort of voodoo doll even more contributes to the contrast, because voodoo dolls curse the desired victim, as she has actually performed in court.