The Crucible Quotes

“…The Salem folk believed that the virgin forest was the Devil’s last preserve, his home base and the citadel of his final stand” (5). – Who said it and when: Narration and Act I before the lines start- Listener: people listening – Context: Letting people know what is going on in Salem- This means that the people in Salem believe that the forest is where the devil lives and those who are found in the forest a lot must work with the devil.- significance: of this quote is that the girls were found dancing and conjuring spirits in the forest and they were the first ones to be blamed of witchcraft. Which shows that they could have been working with the devil in the forest.
“Political opposition, thereby, is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized intercourse” (32). – Who said it and when: Narration and when they are introducing Hale into the play. – Listener: People listening- Meaning: This quote talks about a political policy is often times considered being right, and anyone who disagrees with it is wrong. – Significance: This helps our understanding of the crucible because if you were accused of being associated with the devil, you were never given a fair trial.
“I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the crazy little children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!” (73). – Who said it and when: Proctor and in Act II when Cheever came to take Elizabeth away because she has been accused of witchcraft- Listener: Hale, Elizabeth, Herrick and Cheever- Meaning: Proctor is saying that the children run this town and whatever they say everyone seems to believe. – Significance: Proctor is saying that he Abigail wants revenge because Elizabeth fired her and that is why she has been accused.
“A person is either with this court or he must be counted against it” (87). – Who said it and when: Danforth and in Act III when Proctor was trying to convince them that Elizabeth was innocent- Listener: Proctor, Mary Warren, Francis, and Hathorne- Meaning: There is no room for questions in his court and if you question him you must be with the devil because you are either the accusers or the accused.- Significance: Danforth also does not like to be wrong so, you are most likely not going to get a fair trial with him.
“A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud—********s our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together” (111). – Who said it and when: Proctor and in Act III when Proctor was just accused of being associated with the devil. – Listener: Danforth, Hale, Parris- Meaning: This quote means that Proctor is worried the devil will get him because he lied to Danforth.- Significance: Proctor is mad that Danforth brought the devil and now Danforth is sinning and won’t listen to anyone, but himself. This quote is important to our understanding of the play because it shows how powerful the devil can make people feel.
“Excellency, there are orphans wandering from house to house; abandoned cattle bellow on the high roads, the stink of the rotting crops hangs everywhere, and no man knows when the harlot’s cry will end his life” (121). – Who said it and when: Hale and in Act 4 – Listener: Danforth- Meaning: Hale is saying how out of control the trials have made Salem and he is not surprised if there is a rebellion because of how chaotic everything has become. – Significance: Things in Salem are now chaotic because so many people are being hung and that leaves many children with no parents and farmers have no one to look after their land and animals.
“…It was another sort that hanged till now” (117). – Who said it and when: Parris and un Act 4 the day of Proctor and Rebecca’s hanging- Listener: Hathorne- Meaning: Parris means that the people who are about to be hung are very well respected in Salem compared to all the others that have been hung before.- Significance: Proctor and Rebecca are the one last hope in the town to someday find out that the witchcraft wasn’t real all along.
“…for if he bring even one of these to God, that confession surely damns the others in the public eye, and none may doubt more that they are all linked to Hell. This way, unconfessed and claiming innocence, doubts are multiplied, many honest people will weep for them, and our good purpose is lost in their tears” (118). – Who said it and when: Parris and in Act 4 when they were talking about postponing the hangings of Proctor and Rebecca. – Listener: Danforth- Meaning: Parris is saying that if Proctor confesses others will confess and then the townspeople will realize that there is witchcraft. – Significance: This is important to our understanding because Parris wants Proctor to confess so others will confess and the trials will be over. Also, so no one starts a rebellion. This is important to understand because Parris does not like Proctor but he does not want there to be a rebellion because he got hung.
“I will not receive a single plea for pardon or postponement. Them that will not confess will hang. Twelve are already executed; the names of these seven are given out, and the village expects to see them die this morning. Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now” (119). – Who said it and when: Danforth and in Act 4 when they were talking about postponing Proctor and Rebecca getting hung. – Listener: Parris and Hale- Meaning: Danforth does not want to postpone the hangings because it is unfair to the others who have been hung already. Also, if he postpones it will look like he does not know what he is doing and that all of his judgments have been wrong.- Significance: This quote is important because Danforth does not like to be wrong and he is also well respected in Salem so if he ends up being wrong it will ruin his reputation.
“I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before” (126). – Who said it and when: Proctor and in Act 4 when Proctor and Elizabeth are talking about if he should confess or not.- Listener: Elizabeth- Meaning: Proctor is trying to convince himself that lying to the court is okay especially because everybody has already lied to the court.- Significance: This helps our understanding of the play because if you confess you won’t be hung, but then you have to live with it knowing you were a liar.
“Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave my name!” (133). – Who said it and when: Proctor and in Act 4 when he was confessing to witchcraft.- Listener: Danforth, Hale, and Parris- Meaning: Proctor does not want to ruin his reputation and he already confessed so why do they have his name and put it on the church door for everyone to see. – Significance: This helps us understand that Proctor would rather die than give up his good name and it shows that he is willing to die if it means that his sons will have a good name still
“He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!” (134). – Who said it and when: Elizabeth Proctor and at the end of Act 4 when Proctor was taken the gallows.- Listener: Hale- Meaning: Elizabeth screams this as Proctor is being taken to the gallows because Hale tells her to take Proctor’s shame so he will confess but she knows that he ripped up the paper because he would not be able to live with himself if he lied.- Significance: This is very true to the characters because even though Elizabeth wants Proctor to live she knows that he won’t be himself living with this kind of lie.

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