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Module 1: The Crucible Act Three

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English - Act three summary

Act three summary

The events of Act Three take place in a room off the courthouse. Giles
Corey and Francis Nurse begin by trying to provide evidence that would
prove the innocence of their wives. But to no avail. Giles is distraught
because he feels he is to blame for his wife's situation, and he openly
sobs. Proctor soon arrives with Mary Warren, presenting a testimony to say
that she lied in court, that it was 'pretence'. Proctor is offered a way
out when the judges inform him that his wife is pregnant, so will be saved
for at least a year. Bravely, Proctor chooses to continue, knowing that he
has done wrong in the past and that this is his chance to prove to himself
that he is a good man.

The judges, in attempting to credit Mary Warren's testimony, ask her to
faint to prove that it were pretence. Danforth calls the other girls forth
and questions Abigail. He asks her if she, too were pretending but Abigail
remains adamant that she was not. Not knowing which girl to believe
Danforth asks Mary Warren to faint as she did in the court room to prove
that she was pretending. When she cannot do so, Abigail is again
questioned. Looking for a way out, Abigail turns on Mary claiming she has
sent her spirit out. The scene in the room becomes chaotic with the other
girls joining Abigail in attacking Mary Warren, and, when Mary weakens
Proctor has no choice but to admit to his lechery and denounce Abigail as a
whore.

The situation intensifies when Elizabeth Proctor is called in and
questioned about her husband's fidelity. In an attempt to save and prove
her love for him she denies the charge that he is a lecher. Mary, in an
attempt to save herself, once again joins with Abby and the other girls. In
a powerful anticlimax Proctor and Giles are arrested with Proctor loudly
claiming that "GOD IS DEAD" and Hale, out of frustration at the
helplessness of his situation, quits the court.

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