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41. You can infer what is motivating a character’s beliefs from looking at the character’s dialogue and actions . Tell what you learned in this section (Lines 1018-1028) about Mrs. Putnam that helps her fervent belief in witchcraft. Cite specific lines. 42. Remember to look to characters’ dialogue and actions when figuring out their feelings and motives. Read lines 1047-1 063. Tell what Rebecca’s lines of dialogue and actions reveal about how she feels about the procedure Hale is about to perform. Cite specific lines for support. 43. Watch for foreshadowing in the play. Foreshadowing is a suggestion of something that will happen at a later point in the play. Tell how Giles’ story about his wife may be an example of foreshadowing. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Pp. 480-485) 44. Characters may have many reasons for behaving and speaking as they do. Students should infer from the text what motivates each character. Review Abigail’s admission that Tituba was present in the forest. Infer from what you have read as many reasons as you can why Abigail raises Tituba’s name in this situation. 45. As you know, plot complication is an additional problem that makes the main conflict more difficult to resolve. Explain how the addition of Tituba to the scene qualifies as a plot complication (Lines 1181-1205). 46. In a scene like Lines 1201-1236 where the truth is not completely clear, readers should use what they have already learned about the characters to help decide whom to believe. Reread the dialogue between Hale, Abigail, and Tituba in lines 1208-1236. What do you know about the character of Abigail that would affect your belief in what she is saying?
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47. Continually ask yourself whether a character’s behavior is surprising or consistent with what you already know about the characters. Read Putnam’s dialogue in lines 1276-1277. Putnam brings up Sarah Good’s name out of the blue. What do you think is his reason for saying her name here? Is this consistent with his character as you understand it so far? 48. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience of a drama understands something that some or all of the characters do not. Reread lines 1302- 1317 and explain why Tituba’s prayer is an example of dramatic irony. 49. As you know, stage directions offer clues about characters’ behavior. Review the dialogue in lines 1321-1348. What motivates Tituba to suddenly offer these names after having denied being under the spell of the Devil earlier in the scene? Look for clues in the stage direction and cite specifics. 50. Stage directions also help create the mood of a play. Describe the mood of the play as the first act ends. Cite specific stage directions.
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