Crucible Act 1 Quotations

“…mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And I know I can do it… I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!” (Act 1. pg 19). •Abigail to Mary and Betty•shows how Abigail is so desperate to make sure no one finds out about her lies•develops her character
“Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again.”(Act 1. pg 22) • John Proctor to Abby• this develops John Proctors character• Proctor uses bloody imagery to strengthen his determination to never do this again•He is saying that it’s over forever- this fuels her hatred towards Elizabeth
“I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the lightout of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!” (Act 1 pg 22) •Abigail to John Proctor•Abigail is confessing her love for him, even though their affair was in the past•Shows how obsessed she is with him•Shows how Proctor wants to put this behind them but Abby doesn’t•Shows her hatred of Salem, a motive for the accusations, as well as her jealousy of Goody Proctor.
“There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits.”(Act 1. pg 26) •Rebecca Nurse•This is significant as she is stating that if you look for something hard enough you will find it- even if what you find is pretend/made up
“I like not the smell of this ‘”authority”” (Act 1. pg 29) •John Proctor•If the authority is Reverend Parris, then he is indeed against it•Parris tries to assert his religious authority over Proctor, but Proctor is uninterested in the minister’s message. •Parris suggests that there is a battle going on, a battle of good vs. evil, and that Proctor is on the wrong side. – In fact, the battle is more political than religious, with Parris trying to keep a tight grip on his flock.
“What victory would the Devil have to win a soul already bad? It is the best the Devil wants, and who is better than the minister?” (Act 1. pg 39). •Reverend Hale• Responding to Parris’s “Why me!?” • Explaining how the Devil wants to corrupt a good soul, not a soul that is already corrupted• they discuss how the Devil aims to corrupt the innocent and frame the good.
“You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to your death, Tituba!” (act 1. pg 42) • Reverend Parris• Ultimatum- Die or confess- anyone would confess rather than die• Important for later on beacuse all these people start to confess because they know they will die if they don’t
“I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (Act 1 pg 45) • Abigail Williams• She “confesses” to consorting with the Devil, which, according to the theology of Salem, means that she is redeemed and free from guilt.•took her way out of blame• she accuses others of being witches-this places the burden of shame on the other girls names• other girls follow suit, and with this pattern of hysterical, self-serving accusations, the witch trials get underway.

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