If you can show that you understand the themes of a work of literature, you've clearly mastered the material on a deeper level.
In the next few sections, I'll take a look at a group of broad themes in First off, what is irony?
Essay text: Abigail and Mc Carthy both fed on others worries.
They both created a situation where others were faced with accusing others to save themselves from punishment.
In her conversation with John, Abigail claims that he helped her realize all the lies she was told by two-faced people in Salem who only publicly adhere to the conventions of respectable society (pg. Hale wrongly assumes that his academic mindset will save him from jumping to the wrong conclusions in the witchcraft investigation.
Ironically, he is the first to demand a confession from Tituba based on Abigail's dramatic but false testimony.Many people are under the impression that irony is just when something happens that you don't expect (or that you really hoped wouldn't happen).In reality, true irony only happens when a situation is the exact opposite of what you would expect.At the end this act, John Proctor delivers a short monologue anticipating the imminent loss of the disguises of propriety worn by himself and other members of the Salem community.The faces that people present to the public are designed to garner respect in the community, but the witch trials have thrown this system into disarray."She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris's house tonight, and without word nor warnin' she falls to the floor.Like a struck beast, he says, and screamed a scream that a bull would weep to hear.He believes that “Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now.While I speak God’s law, I will not crack its voice with whimpering” (pg. In the final events of Act 4, John Proctor has a tough choice to make between losing his dignity and losing his life.And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out." (Cheever pg. The idea that a witch's familiar spirit is capable of stabbing people is too scary for the superstitious and now hysterical people of Salem to give Elizabeth the benefit of the doubt.No one even considers Mary's statement about sticking the needle in herself.