Foreshadowing in The Crucible

In Act 1, there is foreshadowing while John Proctor talks to Abigail Williams. We learn that they had an affair together, and that Abigail still has feelings for John. She wants him, and she wants his wife Elizabeth out of the equation.

If you pay attention to the tone and mood of Act 1, there is a lot of bitterness and grief in the people's voices. This foreshadows the uneasiness and eventually the madness that is to come in the later acts.

Mary Warren warns the Proctors that Elizabeth was mentioned in the court. This foreshadowed Elizabeth's arrest for witchcraft.

If you look at the big picture/theme of the play, it foreshadows the Red Scare/McCarthyism in the United States of America.

Throughout the play, Reverend Hale starts to grow disappointed in the court's actions and in Danforth. This foreshadows's the Reverend's outrage at the court towards the end of the play.


1. What series of events that were similar to the Salem Witch Trials was Miller trying to foreshadow when he wrote The Crucible?

2. Mary Warren warned the Proctors that this person's name was mentioned in the court.

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