Mary Warren

Serena Dulai
Mind Map by Serena Dulai, updated more than 1 year ago
Serena Dulai
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Mind Map on Mary Warren, created by Serena Dulai on 03/19/2015.

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Mary Warren
1 Role
1.1 HYSTERIA
1.1.1 Used as a tool by Miller to convey the extent of the hysteria in Salem during the witch trails-conveyed through her subservient nature. She begins doing as Abigail tells her to, however when Proctor is angered after Elizabeth's arrest, she agrees to confess to lying about the witchcraft. Later still in the play, Abigail accuses Proctor of witchcraft,a and manages to convince Mary Warren to revoke her confession. Mary Warren's malleability emphasises how weak most people in Salem are, buffeted first one way and then another by whichever is the most powerful force at the time. The fact that Mary also seems to really believe in witchcraft reveals how deeply ingrained in people the nonsensical belief in witchcraft (the Communist threat) is.
1.2 FOIL FOR ABIGAIL
1.2.1 She is also used as a stark contrast to Abigail in order to emphasise her manipulative nature. The fact that Abigail has such a strong control over Mary Warren highlights how scheming she really is. Mary does, however, also share some similar traits to Abigail in that she uses her 'authority' from the witch trials in an attempt to defy Proctor. She asserts the fact that she helped Goody Proctor from being arrested in an attempt to undermine the existing social hierarchy. However, this power is superficial. Nonetheless, Mary Warren is different to Abigail as it is clear that she does become very confused during the course of the play. Additionally, unlike Abigail, her intentions are not to exact revenge upon people in the town, but rather to do the 'right' thing.
1.3 Possess character traits similar to Reverend Hale. She is similar to Hale, in that she has good intentions but is merely misinformed about events occurring in Salem. She is also a torn and confused character, like Hale, trying to figure out what is true and what is false amongst all the hysteria. Additionally, like Hale, Mary Warren gets a status and sense of purpose (although superficial) from the witch trials, and she enjoys this status, as prior to the trials she was near the bottom of the social hierarchy as a young servant girl. However, unlike hale, Mary Warren appears to be unable to ultimately make the realisation that the accusations of witch craft are a false plot by Abigail to exact revenge on Proctor and his wife,
2 [she is seventeen, a subservient, naive, lonely girl]
2.1 First introduced. Extremely timid and naive. Stage direction-so illustrates Mary Warren's true character, as opposed to Abigail who puts on a show of an innocent girl. Contrasts to Abigail-maniupulative, especially taking advantage of Mary Warren.
3 'i will not be ordered to bed no more…I am eighteen and a woman'-59
3.1 Key as it illustrates the superficiality of Mary;s status and power in society. Again similar to Hale, as his books are described as 'heavy'-ironic as books should represent knowledge, however they are judged by their weight as opposed to actual content. This interaction between Mary and Proctor illustrates how superficial her status actually is, as she tries to exert her authority on Proctor, but ultimately ends up doing what he originally tells her to.
4 'You're the Devil's man …Abby I'll never hurt you more!' -104
4.1 Illustrates how malleably Mary's character really is, as she has completely revoked her confession, even though she knows that Abigail is lying. It also again shows how deeply the hysteria is engrained in her mind, as she able to completely reverse her statement so quickly. Furthermore it demonstrates her lack of independence, and an apparent need for approval, be it from Proctor or in this case, Abigail. Also good example of how many people respond under the real pressure of the Communist Witch Hunts in 1950s America: under threat and in fear of imprisonment, people side with those that they know to be wrong to avoid the condemnation of the rest of society.
4.1.1 Can't withstand purification process of 'The Crucible' as she is weak
5 [not understanding the direction of this] and [bewildered]-71
5.1 These two quotations clearly separate Mary from Abigail. Although they both enjoy the power and status they appear to be getting from the witch trials, Abigail is manipulative and takes advantage of this power. On the other hand, Mary is just misinformed, and so wrapped up in the hysteria that she can't see the ridiculousness and superficiality of the events that are occurring before her eyes. It also allows the audience to feel sympathy for Mary Warren that would not be felt for Abigail, because of her blatant vulnerability.
6 [she looks up at Abigail who is staring down at her remorselessly.]-94
6.1 Stage direction depicts Mary as vulnerable and subservient. Never seems to be fully confident in what she is saying, which again highlights the extent of the hysteria in Salem. Furthermore, the fact she is looked [down] on, emphasises her powerlessness in the situation. Also portrays her as reliant on others. She doesn't seem to be able to think for herself, always needing the approval fro another (firstly Abigail, now Proctor). Quotation also illustrates the social hierarchy in Salem, in that Mary Warren looks to Proctor, someone of a higher social standing than her for guidance and approval.
7 102-interaction with girls
7.1 clear example of both the extent in which hysteria seems to have engrained itself into society, but also of Mary Warren's childish nature. Firstly, fact that Mary gets os involved in interaction with girls shows how deeply the hysteria appears to have engrained in her mind. The interaction confuses and scares her, which leads to her immature actions of shouting and stomping her feet. The interaction is ridiculous and also extremely childish with the screaming, stomping of feet and the back and forth repetition. Highlights the absurdity, of the witchcraft accusations , and also the childishness of all this involved, including Abigail's intricate plan for revenge on John and Elizabeth Proctor.
8 [she breaks into sobs]91
8.1 Highlights docile nature. Depicts her as childish and naive because of her failure to stand up for herself and maintain her composure. Seems to sob at almost anything, generates a sense of sympathy in audience, because unlike Abigail, Mary is not only confused but also horrified by whats happening and consequences of what she did may be.
9 [hardly audible]86 [weaker]91 [faintly][very faintly]94
9.1 Extremely passive and meek. Extremely frightened of confessing to lying about witchcraft. Could be because she fears the consequences of her actions , but it is also likely she fears what Abigail will do to her. This further emphasises the difference between the two characters. Thus, exaggerating Abigail's relentlessly cruel character.
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