Abigail's Ulterior Motives In The Crucible

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Behaviours and actions sometimes have undisclosed meanings that lead one to think they will obtain an advantage over someone else. These kind of ulterior motives may come about from fear or jealousy and often can result in negative consequences. These objectives occur in the 1962 witch hunt in the town of Salem. In The Crucible, Parris feels like he needs to be in control and maintain a moral order. Abigail is a girl longing for a relationship of a married man named Proctor. Miller demonstrates that ulterior motives can destroy relationships and even the demise of a community shown through Parris’ need for a positive reputation and Abigail’s mischief against Elizabeth Proctor. Firstly, Miller exposes the way which Abigail’s ulterior motive of hoping to be with John Proctor causes separation between Elizabeth and John Proctor. Abby is at the center of the witch hunts as she refuses to disclose the truth and begins to accuse others of witchcraft. Abigail’s ulterior motive is to have a relationship with John Proctor and get rid of Elizabeth. Abigail displays her affection as she says, “John- I am waitin’ for you every night” (22). Her jealousy towards Elizabeth for being with Proctor is what drives her to get rid of Elizabeth and take her place. Abigail’s actions cause conflict between Elizabeth and Proctor. When Proctor says, ‘it’s winter in here yet’ (51), it reveals the way they have become very distant and their interaction is cold; their dialogue has…show more content…
In The Crucible, Arthur Miller explores the fallout ulterior motives cause characters in the play. Generally speaking, ulterior motives lead to unneeded damage of relationships. If people can learn to change their motives to have a positive outcome, fewer people will be affected in a negative
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