Witches and those accused of witchcraft were tortured to death because they were easy to blame for superstitions. Europeans with a religious background believed that since witches were under Satan's rule, they should be executed. Europe faced many difficulties in its history, but the persecution of witches did not prevent these difficulties. Instead Europe self- inflicted instability and injustice throughout the
In conclusion, the characters of Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams influenced and shaped the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail Williams and Putnam started the first accusations which led to widespread fear of witchcraft in the village. This same fear was exploited by Williams and Putnam in order to achieve their selfish motives. Without these characters, the Salem Witch Trials might have never occured which brings us to realize how much damage vengeance and wealth can cause. All in all, Abigail Williams and Thomas Putnam’s grudges and selfish intentions were what caused Salem Witch Trials and the destruction of several innocent
He believes that children nor women would lie to him, but it somewhat fears him about the fear of witchcraft in a puritan society. In the Crucible, hysteria can engage by tearing up the whole community. This enables people to accuse others for the grudges held between them saying that they would take part in witchcraft or have any actions against the devil. “There is a misty plot afoot so subtle we should be criminal to cling to old respects and ancient friendships.
John Proctor was an adulterer. He cheated on his wife with another woman named, Abagail Williams. John Proctor did not love Abagail, but she was in love with him. Abagail would do anything to make John Proctor hers. She was so crazy about John that she accused Elizabeth Proctor of witch craft.
Even more so, it’s sad to think that Abigail did all of it simply because she wanted John back, and was angry at Elizabeth for being kicked out. On page 1157, Abigail's accusations are put on display, “I saw Goody Sibber with the Devil… I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil… I saw Goody Booth with the Devil!”. Abigail couldn’t control her mouth, and ran around town accusing and denying to her content. Alan Kazdin talks about lying, “It is unlikely that lying will be completely eliminated, but with the right encouragement, it can be dramatically lessened”. It’s safe to say that Abigail did not have right
I think this personally because she is selfish and is willing the tear apart a family just for her own happiness. I also think she causes most of the trouble. She is a very miserable character, and she isn’t afraid to make everyone else around her suffer also. She sets Mrs. Proctor up, and stabbed herself with a needle to make it look like Elizabeth was casting spells on her to get her in trouble when she is questioned about being a witch. She does this because her and John Proctor committed adultery and Abigail is still in love with John but he doesn’t feel the same way about her.
At the time being a witch was seen as worshipping the devil through meetings, witchcraft and going against religious beliefs. This was pure evil. The women’s vulnerability made them do evil which created Macbeth's downfall (Stuva, missjenn, & priyaansh,
The Crucible focuses on witchcraft that takes place in Salem. Whenever Abigail speaks of a town’s person’s name involved in witchcraft she is believed by the court. Abigail’s ending hope to all her lies is to bring Elizabeth to her death. Revenge is wanted on Elizabeth due to being kicked out of the Proctor’s home because of a fling between her and Elizabeth’s husband, John. Abigail and Elizabeth both share their love for John and their personal characteristics are negative and positive.
They burned and tortured people to the confession was reviled, then they killed them it was an awful time to live in. People were scared that they would be next to be called a witch a lot of people died who didn 't need to. If a witch confessed to quickly was deemed to be abandoned by the devil. If she did not and kept their “stubborn silence” was still protected by the devil and was more bound to the devil.
During the witch trials, the accused were interrogated and forced to plead guilty of witchcraft or die. Most pleaded guilty just to save their life, but they were also forced to give up the names of other “witches”. Blaming others could also direct the blame from the accused to someone else, this way the accused could escape the pain and shame of being called a witch. In Cotton Mather Biography, it is stated that, “As the trials progressed, and growing numbers of person confesses to being witches.” This portrays the on going snowball effect of blaming other people of witchcraft.