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The Crucible 3

 

ACT I

 The whole accusations of any kind of witchcraft could have been
 avoided here in the first act. When Hale, the witchcraft
 expert, arrives in town, he is sent to see Betty Parris. While
 he is interviewing the Putnams and Mr. Parris on what has
 happened herein Salem. He discovers some alarming details. He
 comes with all his knowledge of witchcraft and looking for
 signs of witchcraft. He tells Rebecca Nurse: "If she is truly
 in the Devil's grip we may have to rip and tear to get her
 free." (pg. 39) This is enough to scare the parents to the
 point where they don't necessarily care what happened, they
 just want their children better and someone or anyone to pay
 the price. If someone else had come to town in the place of
 Hale, a non-believer in witchcraft, all the accusations of
 witchcraft may have been avoided. Someone else may have ruled
 out witchcraft and spent time searching to find a natural
 cause, and probably would have found one.

ACT II

 Many of the John and Elizabeth Proctor's problems could have
 been avoided in this act. When Mary Warren gave Goody Proctor
 the poppet, she should have realized that with the ridiculous
 accusations of witchcraft going on in the town that it may not
 have been a good idea to keep a poppet in the house. Instead
 all she says when she receives the poppet is, "Why, thank you,
 it's a fair poppet." (pg. 56) she does not think much of it.
 When Cheever comes for Elizabeth he says that he was sent to
 search the house for poppets, when he discovers once, he
 realizes that he has been sent for a good reason. If Elizabeth
 had disposed of the poppet, knowing the trouble that it may
 have caused, Cheever would have come to search and found
 nothing, therefore he would have had to let Elizabeth remain
 where she was.

ACT III

 In the third act, the Salem Witch Trials, which had already
 begun, could have been put to an end. John Proctor brought
 Mary Warren to the court after persuading her to tell the
 judges that she and Abby and the rest of the accusing girls had
 been lying the entire time. Mary Warren begins to explain this
 to the court, but then has a change of heart and she decides to
 re-join the side of Abby and the girls. Mary Warren turned on
 John Protor and the truth when she exclaimed, "Abby, Abby, I'll
 never hurt you more." (pg. 119) If Mary Warren would have
 stuck with her story and the truth, everything may have been
 resolved with all fairness. Other girls may have decided to
 come forth on the part of Mary Warren. The all could have
 testified against Abby and convinced the town that no
 witchcraft had ever taken place. All would be spared except
 Abby and any of the other girls that may have deserved
 punishment.

ACT IV

 In this act there was a simple solution to save John Proctor's
 life, that was passed by. All John had to do was admit to
 witchcraft, whether he was guilty or not. If John would have
 signed a testimony of his admittance to witchcraft his life
 would have been spared. Elizabeth was able to persuade him to
 choose his life when she admitted herself. "Do what you
 will...Forgive me, forgive me, John--I have never known such
 goodness in the world." (pg. 137) Proctor admits by mouth by
 still refuses to sign. If John had chosen to sign the
 testimony rather than keep his name clean he could have
 remained alive for the sake of his children. He could have
 been reunited with Elizabeth and had his next child with her.
 IF John would have only not been so selfish to only think about
 his name, he, Elizabeth and the children could have lived
 happily ever after. The could have moved away from Salem to
 clear their names. In death he name was tarnished anyway. He
 was hanged for witchcraft.

 




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