The Crucible - Act III Scene - Nweiran


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  • The poppet Mary made for Elizabeth (which symbolizes the community and the uneasiness from it) is ironic in the play because it becomes evil and is used against Elizabeth in court. A poppet, which normally symbolizes innocence, is used differently in this play. The poppet is later used a deposition against Elizabeth, thus leading her to be accused.
  • When Proctor goes to court after hearing that Elizabeth was "pregnant", John's wrath for Abigail become more intense. He realizes that she has took this too far; people who weren't involved in witchcraft are accused.
  • Elizabeth lies about John's affair with Abigail. Little did she know that John had already confessed to this sin. They both tried to save each other for the wrong reasons. This is ironic, because earlier in play, adultery was one of the commandments he forgot.
  • Abigail pretends to be under the control of spirits. This makes John Proctor's reasons of Abigail lying look bad in front of Danforth.
  • Abigail sets the scene by faking an allusion that shows Mary Warren as a 'bird' and swooping down upon them. The girls don't actually "see" the bird, this symbolizes how Abigail wants Mary on her side and is victorious with this action.
  • John Proctor's accusations of Abigail weren't enough for Danforth; thus leading him to be arrested. At this time, a realization hits Hale and comes to a conclusion that witchcraft isn't running through the forest of Salem. But it's too late considering the fact that there are too many people accused.
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