The Crucible Quotations

“Your name in the town–it is entirely white, is it not?” Reverend Parris Parris
“They want slaves, not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for that. I will not black my face for any of them!” Abigail Williams to Parris, Act One Abigail is making excuses to Parris saying there is no jobs in the town.
“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. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.” John Proctor to Abigail, Act One. John Proctor is in denial of his underlying feelings for Abigail. The use of the pet name, ‘Abby’ shows that they are comfortable amd have familiarity with each other. We can see that he doesn’t want to further these feelings which would result in further adultery. Miller reveals Proctor’s fatal flaw – lust.
“There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits.” Rebecca Nurse This quote shows that Rebecca Nurse predicted the badness that would come of the with trials because she was old and experienced.
“John, if it were not Abigail that you must go to hurt, would you falter now? I think not.” Elizabeth to John in Act Two. Arthur Miller explores the theme of loyalty through Elizabeth and John’s relationship. John makes it clear that he doesn’t want to give up his good name by choosing not to tell the court that Abigail is lying, even though his wife knows of the affair.
“It’s God’s work we do…I’m – I am an official of the court.” Mary Warren
“He preach nothin’ but golden candlesticks until he had them. I labor the earth from dawn of day to blink of night, and I tell you true, when I look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows – it hurt my prayer, sir, it hurt my prayer. I think, sometimes, the man dreams cathedrals, not clapboard meetin’ houses.” John Proctor to Reverend Hale, Act Two. This quote reveals important aspects of JP’s character, such as his commitment to his moral code and his growing dislike of the church in Salem. It is clear that JPworks extremely hard for his family, and highlights the corruption in the church.
“They take my wife….And his Rebecca!” Giles Corey to Proctor, Act Two. This quote reveals that no-one in the village is safe from being accused as these women were respected and people would never expect them of witchcraft.
“Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers? I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem – vengeance is walking Salem. John Proctor, end of Act Two. This quote shows a different side to JP’s character and again supports his moral code by questioning the court. Miller is suggesting that the hysteria is no longer about witchcraft and that the people of Salem are out for revenge against each other.
“And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature?” Danforth
“He’s come to overthrow this court, Your Honor!” Reverend Parris
“And yet, when people accused of witchery confronted you in court, you would faint, saying their spirits came out of their bodies and choked you” Judge Hathorne to Mary Warren, Act Three This quote proves that it is a false accusation and the whole hysteria is a fraud. Mary is influenced by JP that her lying is wrong and innocent people will be hanged as a result of this. When asked to prove she faked her fainting she cannot. It shows perfectly the theme of hysteria and how things have spiralled out of control.
“Oh, it be no Hell in Barbados. Devil, him be pleasureman in Barbados, him be singin’ and dancin’ in Barbados. It’s you folks – you riles him up ’round here; it be too cold ’round here for that Old Boy. He freeze his soul in Massachusetts, but in Barbados he just and sweet.”Tituba to Herrick, Act Four This quote showsthat she is starting to believe her own lie due to the fear and hysteria occuring in Salem. It is clear that Tituab is feeling alone because she has no support and confesses, also that she wants to leave, and leave the witch trials behind her.
“Mr. Parris, you are a brainless man!” Danforth to Parris, Act Four. Shows Danforth is in charge, isn’t afraid of Parris. He has a lot of power. He is annoyed at Parris and thinks Parris is careless.
“Andover have thrown out the court, they say, and will have no part of witchcraft. There be a faction here, feeding on that news, and I tell you true, sir, I fear there will be riot here…these people [the accused witches] have great weight yet in the town….Excellency, I would postpone these hangin’s for a time.” Parris to Danforth, Act Four. This quote reveals important aspects of Danforth’s character such as his FEAR of losing his reputation. It is clear that he is a proud man who wants to be respected by the people of Salem. Danforth will not postpone the hangings as this would make the court seem weak. It is also clear that the rebels in Salem have been influenced by Andover, furthering the theme of hysteria.
“He were not hanged. He would not answer aye or nay to his indictment; for if he denied the charge they’d hang him surely, and auction out his property. So he stand mute, and died Christian under the law. And so his sons will have his farm.” Elizabeth to John about GC’s death, Act Four. Giles Corey is not giving in and remains loyal. GC doesn’t want the Putnams to get his land once he dies, but rather he wants his sons to have it. If he confessed then the land would most likely go to the church which he didn’t want. GC didn’t want to lie and wanted to die a Christian. Vengence is a theme that lies behind the trial.
“John, it come to naught that I should forgive you, if you’ll not forgive yourself.” Elizabeth Proctor, Act Two. This quote highlights the theme of judgement and forgiveness. It reveals JP to be a loyal man to his wife by not wanting to forgive himself for his wrong doings.
“Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave my name!” John Proctor, Act Four. This quote highlights the theme of honour and reputation. It reveals JP’s character to be a hardworking, respected man within Salem.
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 light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! Informes the audience of her past affair with JP. Whilst he may still be attracted to her, JP is desperately trying to put the incident behind him. Abigail, on the other hand, begs him to come back to her. She is angered and we see the roots of what becomes her targeted, destruction through Salem. First, there is her jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor and her fantasy that if she could only dispose of Elizabeth, John would be hers. But second, and perhaps more important, we see in this quotation a fierce loathing of the entire town—”I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons. . . .” Abigail hates Salem, and in the course of The Crucible, she makes Salem pay.
You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God’s grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it Danforth

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