The story of how a married man's affair can lead to hysteria, and failure. After John Proctor's affair with Abigail Williams jealousy, and rumors of witchcraft spread through Salem. She drinks blood a slave from the Barbados, Tit Tuba, gave her in order to kill John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The story of how a married man's affair can lead to hysteria, and failure. After John Proctor's affair with Abigail Williams jealousy, and rumors of witchcraft spread through Salem. She drinks blood a slave from the Barbados, Tit Tuba, gave her in order to kill John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth. ends up bringing in other young girls and they start to accuse most people of witchcraft...
“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.”John Proctor
“You are bringing Heaven down and raising up a whore!”John Proctor
The witch-hunt was a perverse manifestation of the panic which set in among all classes when the balance began to turn toward greater individual freedom.Highlighted by 154 Kindle customers
for good purposes, even high purposes, the people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any kind of disunity that might open it to destruction by material or ideological enemies.Highlighted by 150 Kindle customers
Their creed forbade anything resembling a theater or “vain enjoyment.” They did not celebrate Christmas, and a holiday from work meant only that they must concentrate even more upon prayer.Highlighted by 131 Kindle customers
This predilection for minding other people’s business was time-honored among the people of Salem, and it undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the coming madness.Highlighted by 108 Kindle customers
It is as impossible for most men to conceive of a morality without sin as of an earth without “sky.”Highlighted by 105 Kindle customers
He is a sinner, a sinner not only against the moral fashion of the time, but against his own vision of decent conduct. These people had no ritual for the washing away of sins. It is another trait we inherited from them, and it has helped to discipline us as well as to breed hypocrisy among us. Proctor, respected and even feared in Salem, has come to regard himself as a kind of fraud. But no hint of this has yet appeared on the surface, and as he enters from the crowded parlor below it is a man in his prime we see, with a quiet confidence and an unexpressed, hidden force.Highlighted by 103 Kindle customers
The Salem tragedy, which is about to begin in these pages, developed from a paradox.Highlighted by 99 Kindle customers
The question is not the reality of witches but the power of authority to define the nature of the real, and the desire, on the part of individuals and the state, to identify those whose purging will relieve a sense of anxiety and guilt.Highlighted by 96 Kindle customers
Our opposites are always robed in sexual sin, and it is from this unconscious conviction that demonology gains both its attractive sensuality and its capacity to infuriate and frighten.Highlighted by 89 Kindle customers
And here is the root of a theme that connects virtually all of Miller’s plays: betrayal, of the self no less than of others.Highlighted by 80 Kindle customers
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