The Day of the Locust

The Crucible – Act I: Opening scene to the entrance of John Proctor

Summary The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692; the government is a theocracy—rule by God through religious officials. Hard work and church consume the majority of a Salem resident’s time. Within the community, there are simmering disputes over land. Matters of boundaries and deeds are a source of constant, bitter disagreements. As the play …

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The Crucible – Act I: The entrance of John Proctor to the entrance of Reverend Hale

Summary I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons. . . . (See Important Quotations Explained) John Proctor, a local farmer, enters Parris’s house to join the girls. Proctor disdains hypocrisy, and many people resent him for exposing their foolishness. However, Proctor is uneasy with himself because he had conducted …

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The Crucible – Act I: The entrance of Reverend Hale to the closing scene

Summary I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil! (See Important Quotations Explained) Reverend Hale is an intellectual man, and he has studied witchcraft extensively. He arrives at Parris’s home with a heavy load of books. Hale asks Proctor and Giles if …

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