Oh My Dear Innocent Puritans...
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In the beginning of Act III Danforth is asking to hear what Mary and Proctor have to say about what has gone on. They are speaking this infant of the plaintiff, Abigail, and Danforth depicts irony when he says that he is not there to judge them, but he is a judge. Mary is very scared because she already lied to the court, and is now telling about how it was pretense.
Next, Proctor and Giles bring up a deposition of 91 signatures to show that the people that have been accused are not witches. The deposition can be seen as a symbol to the Puritan values of not lying. Also, Proctor find out that Elizabeth is pregnant, and is accused of not going to church. This could devalue his credibility.
In this section Giles and Putnam are called to be causing a distraction because Giles is accusing of Putnam being a witch, which is ironic because Putnam's daughter is being charmed by a "witch". Later, this will affect the fate that Giles will have because he is in trial of contempt of the court for making accusations.
He's a WITCH!! But why Giles??
They're both innocent I promise!!!
In this scene, Elizabeth is brought init the courtroom to say whether John has committed adultery or not. The irony behind this is that she is said to have never lied, but will lie to "protect" John even though he already admitted to it. Elizabeth isn't aloud to see their faces either because they believe this is how to get an accurate judgement.
Towards the end of the act, Mary speaks out against Abby again and this time Abby uses the spectral evidence of a bird, which symbolizes the devil, and the bird is supposedly ready to swoop down on her. The judges don't believe Mary because she can't faint on command either because she is scared. Mary ends up going back onto Abby's side because she is so scared.
Lastly, in this act Giles and Proctor get arrested. Proctor is accused of witchcraft and Giles is tried with contempt of the court because of his distraction earlier. Proctor also hurts himself even more by saying that God is dead and that he wouldn't believe any of this was happening. Giles seems to stay quiet because earlier when he talked he seemed to get into more trouble. They are both serious though and don't know their fate.
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