The Crucible Acts 1 and 2 Key Themes and Quotes

Matthew T
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A selection of colour-coded quotes for each important theme in Acts 1 and 2 of The Crucible.

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The Crucible Acts 1 and 2 Key Themes and Quotes
1 Religion
1.1 "The psalm! She cannot bear to hear the Lord's name!"
1.2 "I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation."
1.3 "He feels himself allied with the best minds in Europe - kings, philosophers, scientists and ecclesiasts"
1.4 "The Devil is precise: the marks of his presence are definite as stone"
1.5 "Such a Christian that will not come to church!"
1.6 "The man's ordained, therefore the light of God is in him"
1.7 "Theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small."
1.8 "Is the accuser always holy now?"
2 Injustice and intolerance
2.1 "her slave sense has warned her that...trouble eventually lands on her back."
2.2 "Through its leaded panes
2.3 "The roof rafters are exposed, and the wood colours are raw and unmellowed."
2.4 "golden candlesticks"
3 Deception
3.1 "an endless capacity for dissembling"
3.2 "I have a sense for heat, John, and yours has drawn me to my window"
3.3 "I never knew all the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women"
3.4 "Like a struck beast....stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out"
4 Self-interest
4.1 "They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house"
4.2 "my ministry's at stake, my ministry"
4.3 "I had to show my frostbitten hands like some London beggar!"
4.4 "I do not wish to be put out like the cat whenever some majority feels the whim"
5 Reputation
5.1 "There be no blush about my name"
5.2 "I will not black my face for any of them"
5.3 "I am an official of the court"
6 Vengeance
6.1 "a lying, cold, snivelling woman"
6.2 "Let either of you breathe a word...and I shall come to you in the black of some terrible night"
6.3 "You think it God's work you should never lose a child...and I bury all but one?"
6.4 "There is a party in this church...Why, then I must find it and join it."
6.5 "Sarah Good? Did you ever see Sarah Good? Or Osburn?"
6.6 "Now he goes to court and claims that from that day to this he cannot keep a pig alive for more than four weeks"
6.7 "the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom"
7 Mass hysteria
7.1 "Mr Collins saw her goin' over Ingersoll's barn"
7.2 "There are wheels within wheels, and fires within fires!
7.3 "I never called him! Tituba, Tituba..."
7.4 "staring as though inspired"
7.5 "I saw Goody Hawkins..."
7.6 "where she walks the crowd will part like the sea for Israel"
7.7 "I feel a misty coldness climbin' up my back, and the skin on my skull begin to creep"
7.8 "And the wind, God's icy wind, will blow!"
8 Honesty and truthfulness
8.1 "Abby, we've got to tell."
8.2 "I have seen them all through their silly seasons"
8.3 "We have all heard of your great charities"
8.4 "it's hard to think so pious a woman be secretly a Devil's bitch"
8.5 "I nailed the roof upon the church, I hung the door"
8.6 "We will slide together into our pit"
9 Suspicion and lack of trust
9.1 "Then he lifts out the ladle and tastes. He is not quite pleased."
9.2 "What keeps you so late?"
9.3 "with a sense of reprimanding herself for having forgot"
9.4 "if it were not Abigail...would you falter now?"
9.5 "an everlasting funeral marches round your heart"
9.6 "Oh, Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer!"
9.7 "It's winter in here yet."
9.8 "I see now your spirit twists around the single error of my life, and I will never tear it free!"
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