Salem Witch Trials and Sarah Good Essay

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Has Mary Warren succumb to the towns hysteria?

In Act two of the Crucible Mary Warren has become brainwashed by the towns hysteria. In Act one Mary gave the impression of a young scared girl when Abigail threatens her. However, now in Act two she has been converted to the hysteria and now feels independent and powerful. Mary is now an official of the court and believes that she is very important to the witch trials. The first instance where she shows her new characteristics is when Mr. Proctor told her to go to bed and she replies “I’ll not be ordered to bed no more. Mr. Proctor! I am eighteen and a woman, however single!” (Miller 66). This defiance is new for her especially since she is a servant for the Proctors and should not be disobeying them. Some may say that Mary did not succumb to the towns hysteria she has only grown up and realized her potential. Although this may sound correct it is wrong. When she tells Mr. Proctor about her trial experience and she says “I never knew it before. I never knew anything before. When she come into the court I say to myself, I must not accuse this woman, for she sleep in ditches, and so very old and poor. But then-then she sit there, denying and denying , and I feel a misty coldness climbin’ up my back, and the skin on my skull begin to creep, and I feel a clamp around my neck and I cannot breathe air; and then-entranced-I hear a voice, a screamin’ voice, and it were my voice-and all at once I remembered everything she done to