The Crucible Summary Notes
Act I The play opens in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692, with the Reverend Samuel Parris hoping over the bed of his child Betty. Abigail, his niece, goes into with news from the Physician that there is no explanation for Betty’s inertia and disrupted frame of mind. As their conversation advances and he questions her, it is revealed that Betty has actually fallen under this state after her father discovered her in the woods dancing around a fire with Abigail, Tituba (Parris’s slave from the island of Barbados), and other young women from the town.
Parris alerts Abigail that her track record is currently under suspicion as she has actually been dismissed from the service of Goody Proctor and has actually not been hired considering that. With the arrival of Goody Putnam, it is further revealed that her child Ruth is in a comparable condition and that she was dancing in an attempt to interact with her dead siblings. Parris leaves to lead the recital of a psalm. Abigail reveals to Grace, the Putnams’ servant, that Mercy was seen naked. When Mary Warren, the Proctors’ servant gets here, she recommends that they inform the truth and just be whipped for dancing, instead of risk being hanged for witchcraft.
Betty wakes and attempts to fly out of the window and then implicates Abigail of having drunk blood to make Goody Proctor die. Abigail cautions them not to say any more. When the farmer John Proctor shows up, Abigail’s flirtation with him (which he withstands) suggests that she has actually been sexually involved with him in the past. She informs him that it is all pretense and that Betty is just frightened. On the other hand, a psalm can be spoken with listed below and at the phrase “increasing to Jesus,” Betty cries out. Parris and the others hurry into the room, analyzing Betty’s outburst as an indication that witchcraft is at work in the girl.
Rebecca Nurse, a smart old woman, conveniences Betty. Parris has sent for Reverend Hale, who has previous experience with witchcraft; Hale gets here with his numerous books. Tituba is questioned, and after a considerable amount of pressure, names females who she has actually seen with the Devil. Participating in the hysterical environment, which is starting to prevail, Abigail includes more names to the list, as does Betty. Act II The setting shifts to the house of the Proctors. Elizabeth Proctor teils John that Mary, their servant, keeps going to the court to take part in the trial procedures which have started in the 8 days that have elapsed in between Acts I and 2.
Elizabeth asks John to expose to the detectives what Abigail informed him about all of it being pretense, but he hesitates. She is suspicious that this is since he has sensations for Abigail. The servant Mary returns from the court and gives Elizabeth a rag doll which she made while at the court. In the following angry conversation between Mary and John (who threatens to whip her), she reveals that Elizabeth has actually been accused however states that she spoke against the accusation. Hale gets here and questions the Proctors. To show that they are Christian individuals, he asks John to recite the 10 Commandments.
Revealingly, offered his recent liaison with Abigail, John can remember them all other than “Thou shalt not dedicate infidelity,” which Elizabeth supplies for him. Giles Corey and Francis Nurse show up and report that their wives have actually been taken to jail. Ezekiel Cheever, the clerk of the court, gets here and, seeing the doll, raises its skirt to expose the needle which Mary left in the stomach after knitting. This he gets in touch with Abigail’s recent being up to the flooring with stomach pains which were discovered to be caused by a needle. Mary notes that Abigail sat beside her in court while she made the puppet.
When the others have gone, Proctor firmly insists that Mary needs to tell the court what Abigail has been doing, however she declines, saying that she is too terrified. Proctor tosses her onto the ground. Act III In the courtroom, stress and long-standing fights amongst members of the Salem neighborhood are brought to the fore, as Corey accuses Putnam of trying to take his land (which, were he founded guilty, he would be required to sell and which Putnam would happily buy). Later on in the scene Corey implicates Putnam of convincing his child to make allegations against George Jacobs so that his land would also be surrendered.
Proctor and Mary show up and Mary admits that the testaments were a fabrication. Proctor is informed that Elizabeth is pregnant and can not be sentenced. Proctor presents a petition from members of the town supporting Elizabeth, Rebecca Nurse, and Martha Corey, but he is implicated by Guv Danforth of undermining the court. Danforth then demands that all the people who have actually signed the petition be arrested. Abigail, with her pals, rejects lying and acts as if she is being bewitched by Mary. Proctor madly pulls her by the hair and, to avoid her having any hold over him, admits to adultery with her.
Abigail rejects this, and when Elizabeth is generated, she does the very same, thinking to safeguard her partner. Hale believes Proctor, but Danforth does not. To sidetrack the proceedings when they appear to be turning versus her, Abigail points upwards and claims to see an excellent bird in the rafters which she analyzes as Mary attempting to injure her. The other girls participate in the allegation and Mary gives in and takes their side, implicating Proctor of being on the side of the devil. He is detained along with Giles Corey.
Hale leaves after knocking the entire proceedings. Act IV Parris informs the detectives that Abigail has actually taken money from his safe and left town. He fears disobedience among his churchgoers, only a few of whom came to the church to hear John Proctor’s excommunication. Hale reasons that the implicated must be pardoned given that they have not admitted and describes how: “There are orphans roaming from house to house; deserted cattle shout on the highroads, the stink of rotting crops hangs all over, and no guy knows when the harlot’s cry will end his life. However, Danforth refuses to give up as twelve individuals have actually already been hanged; he speaks of his decision to extract a confession from Proctor. Proctor and Elizabeth are delegated talk alone. She notifies him that while many have actually confessed, Rebecca Nurse still declines to do so. She likewise reveals that Giles Corey refused to answer the charge and died under the pressure of huge stones that were put on his chest in an effort to abuse him into admitting. His final words were “more weight. In the presence of the detectives who then return, Proctor is on the brink of admitting. When Rebecca is brought in to hear him and, the detectives hope, gain from his example, he changes his mind, refusing to call others and lastly wrecking his confession. As the prisoners are removed to be hanged, Parris hurries after them, and Hale pleads with Elizabeth to step in. However she will not. The play ends with Hale weeping. http://www. enotes. com/crucible/summary