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How is the quote in the crucible: “pulling down heaven and raising up a whore” effective?
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Fayeeeee,
“pulling down heaven and raising up a whore”

Proctor’s quote comes from P. 96 and is the third last speech in Act 3. In a sense it is a desperate statement from a man who has lost - and knows he has lost - in bringing down Abigail. After all that was the whole purpose for Proctor going the Court and dragging Mary Warren with him. It is interesting that “Heaven” which is a theme in the play is quoted 17 times in the play.

The purpose of the Court was to cleanse the Church by removing all signs of witchcraft. In a sense the purpose of the Court was to return “Heaven” back to the Church and to the community.

However since the Court is dependant - and believes wholeheartedly in the testimony of the girls and most importantly Abigail - it is corrupt from the very beginning. In act 3 Proctor’s testimony completely undermines the Court’s purpose and chief witness. But self interest - including that of Abigail ( who is well aware she is seriously under attack ) makes it imperative Proctor is denounced and the honesty of the girls is upheld.

The Court’s intent - through the trial - is to restore Christianity to the Church. But it has done so by depending on girls whose purpose is selfish. The metaphor “heaven” also represents the idea of truth. But for their own selfish interests the Court distort the truth by putting on a pedestal someone who is not only a “whore” but has lied right the way through the trial.

The truth has been deliberately distorted and ignored and has been replaced by lying and self interest in the guise of Abigail.

Expressed in a different way what Proctor is saying is the Court has pulled down truth - something which is at the heart of any Court - and replaced it by someone who is the antithesis of honesty and the truth.
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Fayeeeee,
“pulling down heaven and raising up a whore”

Proctor’s quote comes from P. 96 and is the third last speech in Act 3. In a sense it is a desperate statement from a man who has lost - and knows he has lost - in bringing down Abigail. After all that was the whole purpose for Proctor going the Court and dragging Mary Warren with him. It is interesting that “Heaven” which is a theme in the play is quoted 17 times in the play.

The purpose of the Court was to cleanse the Church by removing all signs of witchcraft. In a sense the purpose of the Court was to return “Heaven” back to the Church and to the community.

However since the Court is dependant - and believes wholeheartedly in the testimony of the girls and most importantly Abigail - it is corrupt from the very beginning. In act 3 Proctor’s testimony completely undermines the Court’s purpose and chief witness. But self interest - including that of Abigail ( who is well aware she is seriously under attack ) makes it imperative Proctor is denounced and the honesty of the girls is upheld.

The Court’s intent - through the trial - is to restore Christianity to the Church. But it has done so by depending on girls whose purpose is selfish. The metaphor “heaven” also represents the idea of truth. But for their own selfish interests the Court distort the truth by putting on a pedestal someone who is not only a “whore” but has lied right the way through the trial.

The truth has been deliberately distorted and ignored and has been replaced by lying and self interest in the guise of Abigail.

Expressed in a different way what Proctor is saying is the Court has pulled down truth - something which is at the heart of any Court - and replaced it by someone who is the antithesis of honesty and the truth.
Thank you so muchh🥰
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