The play happens in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. A group of girls from the town were dancing in the woods where they were seen by Rev. Paris who is Abby’s uncle. According to the reverend they were circling round a fire and one woman was naked. When the drape raises you can see a room where Betty Parris is lying inert on her bed with her father praying by her side. On the other side of town Ruth Putnam is the very same.
It’s all a game to the girls but they do not know simply how lethal a game it is.
When no cure can be found for the secret disease that has struck the girls, the town quickly pertains to the conclusion of witchcraft for the cause. When the reverend Hale arrives many people think that their suspicions have been shown right which it is certainly witchcraft that has taken the girls. As the play advances Abby becomes the most important person in the village, anyone she accuses they are sent out to the court and founded guilty of witchcraft.
As time passes Abby becomes feared and hated by the people of the town.
In the end Abby runs away but still her work continues till at the end of the play you hear the beat of the drum. As they prepare to carry out proctor, Martha Corey and Rebecca nurse. Money is a big problem in the play. Each desires more and they constantly attempt to get things and possessions. Rev. Parris for example used to be a merchant in Barbados where he got his slave, Tituba. He was a rich merchant and it appears he was unfortunate and unwilling to give up his life of splendor.
When Hale is talking with proctor and his wife it comes up that Parris desired golden candle sticks for the church instead of the plain pewter ones that the church had actually always had. Rev. Parris likewise wants the deed to your home in which he lives which is very irregular as a reverend just resides in your home it is actually owned by the church or the neighborhood in which it is located. Rev. Parris gets paid i ?? 60 a year plus an extra i ?? 6 for fire wood. Which was a great deal of money in that day but still he takes the i ?? 6 as part of his salaries and then demands that he be given the firewood free of charge and that he be paid more.
In the courtroom there is another example of money and wealth in the manner in which individuals are judged. An example of this is where Giles Corey is introducing Proctor he says’ This is John Proctor he owns 600 cares’ This describes just how much land Proctor owns. In this town you are respected more according to how much land you have and how rich you are. This reveals when individuals were being implicated. In the start when the very first individuals are being implicated they pick on the people who are old and have really little cash or land.
Near the end of the play Abby steals i ?? 31 from Parris prior to she flees and the guard who is meant to be enjoying Proctor is willing to accept a bribe for his release, provided by Abby on her method to the docks. Thomas Putnam wants more land and to get it he makes his child accuse all their neighbors so he can buy their land at auction. Ruth Putnam accuses individuals like Rebecca Nurse’s partner who are entirely helpless so as her father can buy their land and get more money. Rev.
Parris wants the deed, he wants a pay-rise, he wants gold and he wants things that he does not require however desires every thing he can get. Abby desires power, and she gets it. She has the power to send individuals to their death if she wants she also has the power to get the rest of the ladies to do as she states and the rest of the time to stop talking and not inform any one what is truly going on. Each in the village is greedy they all have a want for something that is not required and they all want more of it. Abby likewise wants proctor however that is the one thing she can not have.