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While Proctor tries to expose Abigail for the fraud she is, Giles loses control and attacks Mr. Putnam after he realizes he can't prove him guilty without snitching on who he got his information on. Giles is ironically arrested even though he was the plaintiff who brought Putnam to court with good intentions.
After Danforth calls Abigail and the other witnesses into court and they deny that they have been lying, the two judges begin to interrogate Mary Warren. Judge Hathorne says that in order for Mary to prover her story, she should be able to fake fainting like she did during the trials. Mary explains she can't do it now since she isn't affected by the mass hysterics the girls had while in court.
While Mary Warren is trying to explain her story, Abigail in the other witnesses go into hysterics claiming Mary Warren's spirit has transformed into a bird and is trying to swoop down on her. Danforth is fooled by the girls and starts to turn on Mary. It's ironic how as soon as Mary begins to explain how the hysteria of the girls work, they use it against her and Danforth is completely persuaded.
Realizing that Danforth is starting to believe the girls, Proctor decides to dirty his name by admitting he cheated on his wife with Abigail. This confession symbolizes Proctor's last act of desperation to expose Abigail, since Proctor has been shown to be someone that hold his pride higher than even his religion.
Wanting to confirm Proctor's story, Danforth decides to call in Elizabeth for her to confirm the story. Although earlier Proctor claimed that Elizabeth would never tell a lie, she does in order to protect her husband's name, not knowing the story has already been told.
After Elizabeth denies the story, the girls begin to go into hysterics again, Mary Warren included after she decided to continue her lies and return to them. When it seems all is over for Proctor, he exclaims "God is Dead!" This symbolizes Proctor giving up all hope by denouncing the most important thing in Salem, religion.
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