Collections: Grade 11-page Pg. 504 -Answers

Analyzing the Text

In act 2, the stakes are raised and readers begin to realize the danger that various characters are in – and who has put them there.

Ever since his affair with Abigail, Elizabeth has mistrusted John. Meanwhile, he is frustrated because he is trying his best to prove his loyalty but she still doesn’t believe him. They have a very tense relationship.

The “secret blasphemy” refers to Abigail’s part in this situation and the way in which she is taking revenge against those who have hurt her. Proctor feels guilty for his part in this and resolves to take Abigail down with him.

She has collaborated with Abigail and so will not testify against her. She will, however, likely testify against Elizabeth Proctor and John Proctor


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