Crucible Act III

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  • During a trial to find the innocence or guilt of Martha Corey, Giles Corey bursts in with the announcement that Thomas Putnam is reaching out for land and that this is all a hoax. He is dragged out of the room for effrontery.
  • Giles is detained for contempt of court. Mary Warren, with a little 'inspiration' from John Proctor, gives a deposition stating that everything was pretense.
  • The girls deny any pretense and turn on Mary. Judge Danforth seems to be leaning in their favor, despite having supposed to be an impartial judge; his thinking that the court will be mocked if it is found people died in vain. This is symbolic of the accusers getting off scat free even though they're making such bold accusations.
  • The girls break out into hysteria and act as if Mary's attacking them with her spirit. Proctor angrily admits to adultery with Abigail to show how much of a liar she is while Mary breaks down under Danforth's questioning. This is symbolic of the accuser being given the benefit of the doubt and the accused being forced to confess or die.
  • When called in to speak on the affair between John and Abigail, Elizabeth lies to the court, saying there was no affair. Mary then finally breaks down and denounces John Proctor, saying he tormented her into witchery. This is ironic in that this is the first time Elizabeth EVER lied.
  • As he is accused of witchcraft, Proctor announced that god is dead and gives up trying to fight. This is ironic in that Proctor mentions that the innocent are who, in the end, are saved. Only innocent people, including him, are accused of witchery.
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