The Crucible Quotations ACTIVITY Instructions: Below are key quotations from the play. FIRST: With your group, determine who said each quote. They are in no particular order. Then in the right column, determine why each quote is significant. Consider rhetorical and literary devices (anaphora, epizeuxis, hyperbole, anadiplosis, irony, metonymy, etc.), as well as tone and characterization. SECOND: There are three quotes from each of the following characters (John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Rev. Hale, and Danforth). Choose one of these four characters, and write his/her quotes on the poster board provided. Beside each quote, write down at least one adjective or attribute that the quote illustrates about the character. Be prepared to share your posters with the class. QUOTE “You are no wintry man. I know you, John. I know you.” “The world goes mad, and it profit nothing you should lay the cause to the vengeance of a little girl.” “I have seen marvels in this court. I have seen people choked before my eyes by spirits; I have seen them stuck by pins and slashed by daggers. I have until this moment not the slightest reason to suspect that the children may be deceiving me.” “Oh, Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer.” “She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, shriveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!” “Now, children, this is a court of law. The law, based upon the Bible, and the Bible writ by Almighty God, forbid the practice of witchcraft.” “Suspicion kissed you when I did.” “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies. Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang.” “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” “You will give me your honest confession in my hand, or I cannot keep you from the rope.” “Is she going to fly again? I hear she flies.” “And why not, if they must hang for denyin’ it?” “The Devil is alive in Salem, and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing finger points.” “My, they’re [the books] heavy.” “They must be; they are weighted with authority.” SPEAKER WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT? Consider tone, characterization, literary and rhetorical devices.