Crucible Act 4

What is the significance of the scene between Herrick and the accused witches? Girls have the possibly gone from being in jail for so long.
Why does Reverend Hale tell the accused witches to confess? So they can live.
What does the news of what is happening in Andover have to do with the trials in Salem? The people overthrew the court and Salem is scared the same will happen.
Why does Parris say Abigail has vanished? She hasn’t been seen in 3 days, there was talk of her boarding a ship, and she stole Parris’ life savings. Parris says that she was scared to live here anymore.
Why does Parris suggest the hanging be postponed? He doesn’t want innocent people to die. Give the accused witches time to confess.
Why does Danforth want Proctor to see Elizabeth? What does he hope it will cause him to do? He hopes it will cause him to confess. Hale feels he should tell the lie to live.
What are the conditions in Salem? Why? Many people have been jailed that there are orphans wandering the countryside and crops are dying.
Why doesn’t Elizabeth beg John to confess? She wants him to make his own decision.
Why does Proctor initially say he will confess? Why does he refuse to sign the confession? He thinks he has already made a lot of bad choices and what is one more going to do. He wants his name to be clean for his children.
Why does Parris beg Elizabeth to get John’s confession? Why does she refuse? Parris is desperate for his life. She says John finally feels like a good man and she doesn’t want to take that away from him.

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