The beginning of the story introduced us to a couple of the main characters in the plot. This included reverend Parris and Abigail. The reverend's daughter Betty had fallen into to a deep enchanted state of sleep. The author then begins to explain the events that occurred.
Reverend Parris had discovered a group of girls including his daughter Betty and niece Abigail dancing in the forest. This is eventually what caused the main conflict of the story. To avoid being punished the girls began saying that they had been witched by different people in the town. This took the blame off them and got innocent people in trouble.
The rising action of the story is the witch trials. The group of girls faked a huge scandal that got them power from the court and Salem itself. They got many innocent people arrested for witch craft.
After the last attempt to disprove the accusations of the witch craft. Marry Warren falls to the pressure of the girls and turns on John Proctor. fueled with anger John Proctor exclaims that "God is dead" and is arrested.
John Proctor is given the choice to confess of something he did not do and go home with his pregnant wife, or die a truthful christian man along with his friends. After a long internal battle, John appeared to have caved into the pressure and confessed, but at the last moment he ripped the paper work to keep his name.
Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, and Martha Corey are taken to be hung for witch craft they did not commit. it is apparent that at this point of the trials the town had become suspicious about the truthfulness of the girls. The three are hung and the story ends.