Socratic Seminar Essay

873 words - 4 pages

Tamika Longstreet
October 30, 2012

The puritan society depends heavily on the bible and Christianity. That being said, the highest authority, respect and power belong to the ministers and judges of the town. Abigail Williams for example starts out in the novel as just the niece of Reverend Parris, the minister for Salem. Reverend Parris caught the girls, including Abigail, doing something in the woods that suspiciously seemed like witch craft (page 10). Abigail, knowing that if she did not do something she would be charged for witch craft claimed that Tituba’s spirit was sent out on her and that’s what made her do it. “I never called him! Tituba, Tituba... She sends her spirit out on ...view middle of the document...

Hale will surely confirm that” Parris informs Susanna (page8). While Mr. Hale is examining Betty, he is informed about the dancing that was done by the girls in the woods and the kettle that was being boiled next to the dancers. After hearing this Mr. Hale starts asking questions that eventually send Abigail into blaming Tituba for witch craft:
“…it may be your cousin is dying. Did you call the Devil last night?” Reverend Hales asks Abby.
“I never called him! Tituba, Tituba…” Abigail says to everyone in the room (page 42).
Reverend Hale seems to believe that there is witch craft in Salem for a good portion of the book. He even seems to believe that Elizabeth Proctor could be a witch because she expresses to him that if he thinks the “…Devil may own a woman’s soul…when she keeps an upright way…” then she does not believe that there are witches in Salem (page 70). Reverend Hale seems to believe that all the stories of witch craft in Salem are true all the way until the court was in session and John Proctor was trying to tell people the truth. Mr. Hale tells the court when John and Abigail are being questioned about their affair. “I believe him! This girl has always struck me false!!...(page 114).” Hale is infuriated when Proctor is charged with witch craft and quits the court. When he comes back 3 months later he still believes that Proctor is telling the truth and tries to convince Proctor to confess even though they both know the whole...

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