The dramatic parts of the storyline in Act 1. are when Betty wakes up and wants to fly out of the window in order to find her mum who is dead. The subsequent quote shows that Betty must be ill as no sane person would attempt to jump out of the window, “Let me fly to mama let me fly! ” It also confirms that she is mourning for her mother as she seems to think that her mum is still alive, or that she can fly to heaven. This would leave the audience puzzled to what is really wrong with Betty and what has happened to leave her like this.
When the girls are dancing in the woods it is dramatic as you wonder if they will be caught, or, what exactly they are doing. Another tense moment is when Abigail and John share a confrontation and you wonder if their “affair” will be revealed. “Give me a word John, a soft word. ” to which John replies “No, No, Abby. That is done with. ” What has been going on here then? That is the question on everyone’s lips in the audience as this comment is heard. Topped with the theme of witchcraft and the devil running throughout the play it makes it even more emotional and nerve-racking.
The fact that there are constant accusations makes you think who will be next? Just to make the play complete it also is based on a true story which altogether makes a truly exciting and breath-taking play!!! The main characters in Act 1. are Abigail, John Proctor, Betty, Parris, Hale and Tituba. Abigail is strongly involved throughout as she lies and is an influential character as she has very big effect on the audience as you wonder why she would want to be so deceitful. An example of this is, “No one was naked! You must have mistaken yourself Uncle!
” This quote proves her devious self as she claims that she didn’t do anything, something which she later admits to! She also has the ability to make people feel sorry for her because of her complex character. As proved in this quote, “…. I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it. I saw Indians smash my dear parent’s heads together on the pillow next to mine and I have seen some reddish work done at night. ” It also confirms that she is very powerful when she threatens the girls but at the same time you feel remorseful towards her at the death of her parents before her very own eyes.
She also has a soft side despite her tough character as shown here, “Gah! I almost forgot how strong you are, John Proctor! ” This verifies her twisted personality. Her persuasive nature forces her to say this comment, “It’s she that put me out you can’t pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out. ” This additionally shows Abby’s disrespect towards Elizabeth because of the constant repetition of the word “she” when referring to Elizabeth. This would make the audience feel that Abby is a rude outspoken little girl who deserves everything she gets.