The Crucible: Act One
Morgan Williams and Daniel Kahill
Key Elements & Main Ideas
Reverend Parris' daughter, Betty is "sick". Betty is supposedly sick from the night before in the woods with her cousin, Abigail and the house servant, Tituba. After Abigail denies that all they did was dance in the forest, Parris calls Reverend Hale from the next town over to find out what really happened to his daughter, Betty. Reverend Hale only agreed to help if Parris and the Putnams, whose daughter is also sick, believed and trusted what he had to say. Come to find out, Tituba really conjured Ruth's dead sisters, the Putnam's daughter, from the grave. Tituba is then called upon from Hale and confesses everything.
The actions that took place in the woods are actions of witchcraft.
The townspeople did not believe in witchcraft except the Putnams and Parris.