The Crucible Study GuideAn intense story of the happenings in the Salem Witchcraft-Trials and thispowerpoint helps this story come to life
Act I• Reverend Parris is upset at the beginning of the play when his daughter, Betty Parris, who was found dancing in the woods the previous night, is unresponsive. It turns out that Abagail Williams and the other girls were really dancing over the pot with a slave from Barbados, Tituba, trying to conjure spirits to kill Elizabeth Proctor. We also find that Thomas Putnam and Giles Corey get into land disputes. When Reverend Hale, a witchcraft expert, is summoned on the scene, he questions Tituba who confesses in fear for her life, and she starts naming people who might have done witchcraft as well, and so do the other girls in Tituba’s lead. From here, Salem goes into a hysteria all led by Abagail Williams who wants to kill Elizabeth Proctor
Act II• In this Act we learn that the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor is heated, because Elizabeth knows of the affair between him and Abagail and how John still has feelings for her and will not condemn her in the court. Elizabeth Proctor, however, from her slave Marry Warren, finds that Elizabeth Proctor’s name had been mentioned in the court, and Elizabeth immediately realizes that Abagail Williams is trying to kill her, he asks Proctor to tell Abagail that he is not interested anymore. Ezekiel Cheever comes to their house to arrest Elizabeth Proctor, because Abagail framed her by pretending that a “voodoo” doll in Elizabeth’s house had stabbed her. Proctor is enrage by this, and he must go to the court with Mary Warren to prove the people’s innocence, his wife’s innocence and that the girls were lying
Act III• Thomas Putnam is involved in the trials to get land, because he has had a grudge on the people for not accepting him even though he is important and smart. Giles Corey can’t mention a name of a witness in a land claim, and because of this, he is arrested with charge of contempt of the court. Danforth does not believe Proctor and Mary Warren and Proctor is mad, because Mary Warren won’t confess or pretend to faint. Marry Warren eventually lies, even though she had intentions to tell the truth, because of Danforth threatening her, it mad her confused and made her lie to tell him what he wants to hear. John Proctor tells Abagail Williams that she is a whore and is lying to the court. In fear, Abagail Williams pretends to be attacked by Mary Warren’s spirit, as a yellow bird, but after this, and Mary’s confusion, she tells the court that John Proctor is possessed by the devil, he is then arrested. Reverend Hale starts to believe Proctor and Mary Warren, not Abagail Williams.
Act IV• Reverend Hale can barely take the hysteria and starts telling people in the jails to confess so that they can live, but they do not and at the end they are hanged, he feels like it’s his fault. Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale try to postpone the execution, but only Elizabeth can be postponed because she is pregnant. Danforth does not want to postpone them because it will make him, and the court, look weak and he is worried about his position in the town more than the people’s lives at stake. John Proctor eventually confesses to being with the devil, but he will not sign, for proof of adultery for it to be posted on the church. He rips it up and tells all of the truth. Elizabeth Proctor sees the goodness in him and he dies a happy man.