Alex Yang Bane-5 English IB HL1 19 October 2009 Analysis Summary- Act 1 Act one of The Crucible introduces numerous deceptions, secrets, individual disputes and grudges. Yet each and every one of these factors conceals itself through further deception guided by self interest and vengeance resulting in the Salem hysteria. Within a society as religiously driven as Salem, there is severe punishment for the smallest demonstration of heresy, and as a result deception has become a prominent characteristic of this society. A clear example is Abigail’s dismissal of her acts of witchcraft as Parris interrogates her. The situation intensifies as desperation sinks into Abigail causing her to threaten her friends in order to cover up the truth. “…Let either of you breathe a word… and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” (Miller 20) This scene illustrates the personality of Abigail behind her innocent cover that she portrays to the other characters. Another prominent characteristic of this hysteria depicted by Act I was secrecy. One of
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