This first quotation takes place in Act 1 between Abagail Williams and John Proctor at Reverend Hale’s home. Abigail was talking to proctor about what really happened the night her and the others conjured spirits because proctor was going to get Mary warren but she wasn’t there which left them alone together. The quote takes the readers into the past to the affair Abigail had with John Proctor. John is trying to put the affair behind him although he still has feelings for her but Abigail is still very jealous of the life Elizabeth Proctor lives and she begs John to come back to her. This quote is a catalyst because it represents Abigail’s desire for John and foreshadows the length she will go to replace Elizabeth.
It is apparent that John Proctor would give away anything to protect his name and his pride. In addition, another flaw of Proctor is his willingness to “lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing--his sense of personal dignity” (Kendall, John Proctor: The Tragic Hero of Tragic Times). In this way, John Proctor turns from passive to the injustice to active in standing against indignation. In other words, submissive is flawless while discontent is flawed. When Elizabeth Proctor was sent to prison for witchcraft, Proctor decided to save his wife even if it meant to confess
Thirdly, throughout the play Judge Danforth is gullible to Abigail’s manipulations and lies. One of the instance where Danforth’s gullibility towards Abigail is shown is when Abigail blatantly accuses Reverend Hale’s wife to be in alliance with Lucifer (The Crucible) to which he replies that “it is not possible for a minister’s wife to be associated with the devil” (the crucible). Here Abigail is proven wrong by Judge Danforth because he is certain that a minister’s family can never be approached by the devil as per the commandments. Despite this, he chooses to believe that Abigail has probably mistaken to identify the woman associated with Lucifer. This shows that he totally believes in Abigail and that, all her previous accusations are valid.
In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible many conflicts that could be addressed about society in every era were brought to light. Widely known for the subject matter of this play, The Salem Witch Trials, the realities and fallacies of the trials were described in the words of Arthur Miller. One main factor within this play is the theme, Jealousy does more harm than good. From jealousy of wealth, to family, to marriage all aspects of jealousy are shown within this small pilgrimed village in Massachusetts. In The Crucible, the story outlines a young girl, Abigail Williams’, love and lust for an older man, John Proctor, who is not only older but is married.
At the beginning, he implicitly puts her request down. Near the end, however, he blames the helplessness created by the request as the reason for the denial. He first tells her that she does not fully comprehend the impact of her request. She “should have considered what she was asking.” By doing this, he establishes his position clearly, one that meant her son would not get patronage because of the impossibility of the task. To explain this further, he walks her through what the request would have resulted in.
“Common history has painted Annand her young peers as selfish, vicious fakers who fueled the witchcraft trials out of boredom or spite. This portrait, however, is somewhat flawed as it appears that in Ann’s case at least, the parents of the afflicted must have a strong influence with the child, as did the other adult accusers. Initially, Ann was fed names by her parents and minister”(-Minerdescent). The girls that were tricked into believing that the accused were guilty were most likely convinced that this was pious and that God wanted them to accuse the innocent. Or the girls might be influenced by their religion, reverends, and ministers.
So when an opportunity to get rid of Elizabeth comes up in the form of power to accuse people of witchcraft, Abigail jumps at the chance. John sees Abigail’s intentions and portrays this when he says “she thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave,” in a confession to Judge Danforth about his relationship with Abigail (Miller, 110). Not only did Abigail want John Proctor all to herself, but also she was concerned about people finding out what she actually was doing in the woods with Tituba and the other girls. It is revealed early on in the play that Abigail cares about her reputation, for example, when she was concerned that Elizabeth was “blackening [her] name in the village” (Miller, 23). If people found out Abigail were trying to put a hex on Elizabeth Proctor in the woods, then sooner or later the truth about John and
Character Analysis - Abigail Williams Sweet and funny are words usually used to describe teenage girls. This is not the case for Abigail William’s, she is the opposite of the average teenage girl. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, Abigail is a naive young girl who viciously attacked Elizabeth with intelligence because she was jealous. First off, Abigail is in love with John Proctor and is oblivious to the fact that John will never love her back. “But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again” (Miller 146).
Abigail answered to the question, with “Tituba, Tituba…” blaming Tituba for being the one that called the devil, but really she was telling Tituba and wanted her to (Miller,1152).When John Proctor saw Abigail for the first time, since after their affair she had gone up to him and was convincing him that he loved her and he still loves her, which is not true anymore, but she cannot accept it. After hearing what she had exclaimed he responded and said that she does not know what she is talking about and that what she is stating is, “a wild thing,” to be saying (Miller,1139).
Marital status was one because when the women were married it was more likely there were younger girls who wanted their husbands. They accused them of being a witch, but the husbands went along because they wanted younger wifes. Lying girls was one because two girls accused a women of being a witch, when they were in court they mimicked her which caused the town to spiral out of control with paranoia. Economic differences was one because of the town division, west side poor, east side rich. This made the west side angry so they accused the eastern half so they could get money from the trial.