Exposition: Introducing the setting: Time, Place, and Historical Context
Exposition: Introducing the characters: Abigail Williams and John Proctor
Exposition: Introducing the characters: Abigail Williams and Betty, Mercy, and Mary
This play is set in Salem, Massachusetts in the year or 1692. We are in a welly decorated bedroom in the Samuel Parris residence, who is seen praying at the foot of the bed, with his daughter Betty lying immobile.
Hang the witch
John Proctor is a man who’s well aware of his actions, and refuses those to be let out into the world. He acknowledges his slight feelings for Abigail, but is determined to not act upon them. Abigail however, comes off desperate in this scene. She begs for his love and for him to treat her like he did in the past, and isn’t afraid to put his wife's name in the dirt in the process.
Exposition: Introducing the characters: Reverend Parris, Reverend Hale, Thomas Putnam, and Tituba
During this scene, we see a very different side of Abigail compared the the last one. We’d expect her to be weak with the girls, to show her vulnerability, but we get the complete opposite. She’s cunning and manipulative, making sure to implement fear into the girls of what she can truly do.
Inciting Incident: Introducing the Conflict
Exposition: Introducing the characters: Rebecca Nurse and Ann Putnam
Here we have two very different characters, mostly divided by one thing; their ideologies. Ann is a very superstitious woman, and with arguably good reason due to the loss of the previous children, and she believed her daughter to be haunted. Meanwhile, Rebecca is very reasonable even in her old age, bringing sense into the situation she’s presented. She gives reason, outside of superstition, to the predicament the young girls are in.
Tituba is shown to be incredibly desperate for life during this scene. She begs for mercy and for forgiveness, and falls for the leadings Hale is aiding her with. Thomas Putman however is very quick to come to an aggressive conclusion, claiming Tituba must be hanged for her doings while she still explained the situation, and his aggression is backed up by his superstition and paranoia.
The conflict starts when Parris finds his daughter and neice in what he understood to be a witch ritual, due to the shock and fear of seeing her father there, his daughter Betty faints. This could be classified as either man vs man or man vs society. This is because we see characters pinned against each other, and a society pinned against witches. This conflict is external.