and how quickly she wants to give in only be whipped for dancin. Mercy sarcastically tells her that she has a grand peeping courage is important, when John Proctor attempts to use her as a witness against the other girls. When Betty wakes, it is a significant point in this scene because it was thought to be that the devil had possessed her. The introduction to the character of Betty reveals to the audience the extent of Abigails wicked and violent character. Betty is traumatised after the ruthless integration from Abigail and wakes up.
This demonstrates to the audience that Betty was not really possessed and is an example of dramatic irony. When she is coherent she makes some allegations about Abigails sinister role in the previous evenings events: you drank blood, Abby! ¦ You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor. These are important, which reminds the audience of Abigails earlier hatred of Mrs Proctor. She has now reached a point where she is forced by events to threaten the other girls into silence, something she does with relative ease.
All the girls recognise that they are guilty, and Abigail makes sure she refers to them as we so that they are united in their deeds. She has no qualms about frightening them by mentioning her own brutal past, I saw Indians smash my dear parents heads and hinting that she is capable of such evil deeds herself. Miller has written the background of Abigail so that the audience can now realise why she is disturbed. The structure implicates the increase in tension as each dialogue is short; it is further increased as the mentioning of witchcraft is told.
This intensifies the dramatic climax at the end of Act 1. The theme that is present in this scene is malevolent; this is shown by the slyness of Mercys character against Mary and the raise of power which is exposed by Abigail near the end of the scene. In scene six there is a huge contrast change in Abigails mood, which leads to the powerful climax at the end of Act 1. As soon as John Procter enters, her mood changes from being aggressive to more clam and seduced towards him stood on tiptoe, absorbing his presence.
The past relationship between Abigail and John Procter is revealed, but now he rejects her advances. John had committed adultery which was a major sin back in the seventeen century and was considered a devilish thing to do. However the audience experience, how their relationship was suggested in various ways: Abigail looks at him wide-eyed; she refers to his strength such a strong man; she laughs nervously and she Winningly comes a little closer, with a confidential, wicked air.
There is a clearly an unspoken bond between them. John is curious about the mischief that Reverend Parris might be brewing. Abigail, however, is implying that he wanted to see her you came five miles to see a flying girl? I know you better. This suggests how disturbed Abigail is, because always thinking about herself and not other people. She said that she was waiting for him every night, hoping that he will have sympathy for her, but, when Proctor moves her firmly out of his path she becomes angry.
Stage direction reveals how angry she is by saying she cant believe it. She thinks that Proctor is only sportin with her, and so far, Abigail has been seen as potentially violent and therefore dangerous. Her coarse references to Proctors passionate approaches I have a sense for heat, clutches my back and sweating like a stallion confirms the animal attraction she finds in him. She is earthy, very sexual and does not shy away from tempting John by referring to past passionate encounters.
Abigail cannot resist talking about Goody Proctor as sickly, cold and snivelling. This makes Procter furious Youll speak nothing of Elizabeth! and this first sign of anger is manifested by his physical shaking of Abigail. Also she switches immediately, when she is called a Child because she had sex with John, making her feel like a woman and having the same power of a woman, which was not much compared to men.
Unlike today, women and men have an equal opportunity to do what they like and do not have to carry out specific roles like cleaning. However this scene was not in the original performance, but was added by Miller to give the play more human warmth and emotion something that it had been criticised for lacking. Also this scene had been structured with a lot of stage direction so that the reader can experience the human emotion and gives insight into the characters true personalities. This brings it up to a powerful climax.