ACT II. Literary Devices. Linguistic Devices. Rhetorical Devices. pg. 51-75. Dramatic Effects. Key Moments . The audience finds out there is rinsing tension between Proctor + Elizabeth. Hale questions Elizabeth and Proctor on their Christian upkeep.
As Hale begins to question the Proctors’ Christian upkeeps John finds himself looking for ways to prove to the Reverend he is a good Christian “I nailed the roof upon the church, I hung the door-” in consequence Hale approves this act “Oh, did you! That’s a good sign, then” Both utterances show how religion was perceived in that era. The rules which set the boundaries for what was considered as a religious or non-religious acts were very vague and perhaps misunderstood. Does ‘nailing the roof on church’ really make you a good enough Christian? At the end of the play we see that those actions were meaningless as Proctor is deemed to be involved in witchcraft and hanged.
The common noun ‘proof’ is diligently repeated throughout the scene because it is an important word when talking about witchcraft. In this play there isn’t any solid evidence when someone attempts to prove if someone else is a witch or not. Therefore in this context I believe the word ‘proof’ becomes an abstract noun. Eventually, unlike the Salem community, the audience perhaps wonder if the evidence they have is essentially flawed and hard can be considered as the truth.