Lately, you may have noticed that tempers are flaring in the meeting house during our journey to Salem in 1692. Abby has accused practically every good soul in town of being a witch; Parris believes her every move because of the fact that her fame makes him famous by proxy. At the end of Act III, we see that Mary Warren, who knows the truth about Abby's lies, has come to court to speak against Abby, but fails to do so because she is terrified that Abby will manipulate the court into thinking that Mary herself is a witch. Instead of speaking against Abigail, Mary ends up telling everyone that Abby is correct and that John Proctor is a liar who forced her to come to court to further his own evil purposes.
Yeesh! What a crazy atmosphere!! Why do you think Arthur Miller tells us this story? What can we learn about society and humanity from this text? If you answer this question online before we return from Thanksgiving break, I will give you ten points on any assignment or quiz in marking period 2.
I will not be in class next Tuesday. During this time, you will read as much of Act IV as you can in class. I will not give you homework over the break, but you should be ready for a review QUIZ on Monday when we return.
Have a great weekend!