When Abigail mentions Goody Proctors name in court Hale comes to their house to

When abigail mentions goody proctors name in court

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play. When Abigail mentions Goody Proctor’s name in court, Hale comes to their house to investigate the family’s Christian character. Hale directly asks Goody Proctor if she is, indeed, a witch, and she replies, “If you believe I be secretly bound to Satan, then I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it” (II; 1075). Even though Elizabeth knows she could get into a great deal of trouble for making such a risky comment, she chooses to stick up for herself in this situation. She does not want people in the town to think she is a witch since she has been such an upstanding citizen for so long. In the same Act, Elizabeth shows courage once again when Cheever comes to the house and relates the story that Abigail accused Goody Proctor of stabbing her doll with a needle, ultimately stabbing Abigail. At this point, Elizabeth realizes just how much danger she is in, and she cannot stand it anymore: “The girl is murder! She must be ripped out of the world!” (II; 1078). It takes great strength and courage for a woman at this time to outright accuse another of having to die. Abigail is a threat in the community, and Elizabeth is now openly going against her. Elizabeth shows great courage sticking up for herself, making her the strongest character in the play.
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Period 2 The final reason Elizabeth Proctor is the strongest character is because she has the courage to stand up for herself even though it may ruin her life. After Abigail accuses Elizabeth of being a witch, Reverend Hale comes to the Proctor house to question their Christian character. When Hale asks Elizabeth if she believes in witches, Elizabeth responds, “If you believe I be secretly bound to Satan, then I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it” (II; 1075).
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