How Does "Mary Warren" Behave Towards Her Employers?


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In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Mary Warren feels empowered to defy the wishes of her employers throughout the story. Warren remains compliant to an extent, but she feels free to defy John Proctor's authority because of the trial.

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Warren is a timid girl who is subservient to the will of others, but she stood up for herself by telling John Proctor to stop giving her orders in one scene. She also disobeys Elizabeth's order not to attend the trial. Proctor forces Mary to testify in court about Abigail's false accusations, but she remains hesitant to do so. Warren testifies in court to clear Elizabeth. The girls fall into hysterics and claim that Warren is bewitching them, but she denies the accusation. Mary succumbs to the pressure and turns on her employers by claiming that Proctor bewitched her.

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