The Crucible- Act 4

What is the significance of the scene between Herrick and the accused witches? The girls could have been put in jail for lying.
Why does Reverend Hale tell the accused witches to confess? So they could live longer
What does the news of what is happening in Andover have to do with the trials in Salem? Parris feels that it will occur in Salem
Why does Parris say Abigail has vanished? She hasn’t been seen in 3 days
Why does Parris suggest the hanging be postponed? He doesn’t want innocent people to die.
Why does Danforth want Proctor to see Elizabeth? What does he hope it will cause him to do? He wants Proctor to confess
What are the conditions in Salem? Why? The conditions are bad. Hale explains how the town has fallen apart
Why doesn’t Elizabeth beg John to confess? She wants him to make his own decision and for him to keep his goodness
Why does Proctor initially say he will confess? Why does he refuse to sign the confession? He said he would confess because he didn’t have anything else to lose. He refuses to sign so that his name could be clean for the children
Why does Parris beg Elizabeth to get John’s confession? Why does she refuse? He wants to live. She refuses because Proctor finally feels good.

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