If people had used evidence instead of just accusations then they would have realized that Mr.Jacobs isn’t a witch, just a person accused for Thomas Putnam's own personal gain. Thomas Putnam's anger toward the town for not getting enough respect is what caused him to accuse an innocent man of witchcraft, demonstrating how emotions can lead to immoral
John Proctor’s wife is eventually accused by Abigail, because Abigail was jealous of her relationship with John. In John 's effort to save his wife, he is accused and by the end of the play he is hanged because he won’t falsely admit to being a witch. Some readers feel that John Proctor is flawed because of all the bad things he has done, he is actually honorable because he is honest.
She is lying a lot, for example, she says “Elizabeth Proctor is an envious, gossipy liar!”. She says things about other people, witch are lies, to distract from herself. She is lying about the meeting in the woods, witchcraft and about his love for John Proctor. On account of Abigail other people died in the play, because she shifts the focus away from herself by accusing others of witchcraft. In the end she steals money for saving John from the death.
Abigail is a selfish and manipulative girl. Abigail Williams stirs up the entire town of Salem against many people, including Elizabeth and John Proctor, because of her selfish personal ambition to be John's next wife, as well as her treacherous lust for the power that she gains by accusing innocent people of witchcraft. When Abigail and John Proctor had their affair, Abigail told John “You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! , pity me, pity me!” Abigail hates that John
Elizabeth’s loyalty and sympathy are portrayed when she attempts to save her husband’s reputation by lying about his affair. She also proves her loyalty to Proctor, telling a lie to try and protect him although this sadly makes things worse for him. She was determined in what she believed. Elizabeth stated this about witchcraft to Hale “ I cannot think the Devil may own a women’s soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have. I am a good women, I know it; and if you believe I may do only good work in the world, and yet be secretly bound in Satan, then I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it”.
Elizabeth: “No, sir.” Proctor: “Elizabeth, I have confessed it! She only thought to save my name”’ (393). Elizabeth has been praised for her honesty and morality all along but now has been exposed in court. Is she two faced or does she posses a pretense?
Abigail Williams lies to conceal her affair with John Proctor to avoid severe punishments for adultery and witchcraft. She was in love with John and went against her morals because in her twisted mind she believed that John would eventually reciprocate those feelings. Tituba, a slave, was manipulated by Abigail and was the one who lead the girls to the forest to do witchcraft. In one scene, the minister and the puritans
He eventually does some risky things that could ruin his reputation but by the end admits to them and thinks more about doing what he thinks is right rather than worrying what others think of him. One way John Proctor reacted to the trials was when he decided to be selfless and admit to his mistakes as to when he admits to adultery. When John turns himself in he says, “She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted and there is a promise in such sweat.
Whether this is a false representation of what Proctor or not, it does not match the rest of the production. Abigail is shown being thrown to the ground by Proctor, while also threatening her by saying he will ruin her life if Elizabeth isn’t freed. He will have nothing to do with Abigail because she is already ruining his life by accusing his wife. This scene is a false representation of both characters, another reason it should be cut out of the movie.
In The Crucible Thomas Putnam’s main motivations are greed and selfishness. He shows this throughout the book, by accusing people of witchcraft. Thomas Putnam’s brother in law was prevented from being elected the office of minister. “Thomas Putnam felt that his own name and honor of his family had been smirched by the village, and he meant to right matters however he could” (Miller1221). To right his name and honor from being smirched he accused many
She once said "She hates me uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It 's a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!" (Miller, Act 1, 12). Consequently, she feared discovery of her transgressions, dancing in the woods, wishing Goody Proctor dead, and drinking the blood. Elizabeth Proctor wanted to regain Proctors love and respect.
“She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her!” (22) In this quote from The Crucible, Abigail is trying to inform John about Elizabeth being the wrong girl for him that way he will love her instead of Elizabeth. However, her plan backfires when John is infuriated with her remarks about his wife and yells at her saying “Do you look for whippin’?” (22) Due to John’s defense for his wife’s name, Abigail is sickened and reveals her love for him in hopes of receiving John’s pity [PaPP].
Elizabeth Proctor deserves the reader’s sympathy because of a broken marriage. While living in a small Puritan village during the Salem witch trials, Proctor and Elizabeth’s lives start to face the worse. Their marriage is broken because Proctor committed adultery with another girl in the village. Proctor says, “Abby you'll put it out of mind. I'll not be comin’ for you more” (Miller 22).
The Puritans believed that coming to the new world would make their lives better and more religious. In reality, it really caused turmoil in the society. They got revenge on one another by deceiving the court system. They lied to protect their reputations and to ruin the reputations of others. A lack of justice is created in The Crucible when the characters lie to and deceive one another ultimately for revenge.