The Crucible Acts 1-4 Summary Flashcard Example #39854

Act 1
? Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
? Overview of the government and daily life in Salem
? Betty is ill and rumored to be under the spell of witchcraft
? Abigail and other girls were dancing in the forest the previous night
? Abigail and John Proctor’s affair is implied
? Reverend Hale is sent for
? Introduction of characters (e.g., Mr. and Mrs. Putnam)
? Proctor’s opposition towards the government is made known
? Reverend Hale is introduced
? The girls begin to accuse people of witchcraft
Act 2
? John and Elizabeth are at home eating dinner
? Tensions between John and Elizabeth become evident
? Mary Warren brings news from the court and gives Elizabeth a doll that she made
? Mary reveals that Elizabeth’s name was mentioned in court
? Hale comes to the house to investigate the accused
? Cheever and Herrick come with a warrant
Act 3
? Court scene
0 Giles claims that Putnam wants more land
0 Mary claims that she was not really afflicted
0 Proctor is questioned
0 Elizabeth is pregnant
0 Abigail and the girls “gang up” on Mary
0 John tells the truth, but Elizabeth’s claims do not corroborate his story
0 Hale makes his opinions of Abigail known
Act 4/Epilogue
? Parris is back in order to get people to confess (and save their lives)
? Abigail and Mercy are gone
? The town is in ruins
? Proctor refuses to sign the confession and gets hanged
? Elizabeth remarries
Tragic Hero
a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction

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