Arthur Miller Represent Abigail In The Crucible Essay

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How does Arthur Miller represent Abigail in the crucible? Arthur Miller represents Abigail in many different ways in the crucible, using her to show both how bent and cruel the government is, and to demonstrate how one little opportunity to gain power can cause many problems for all others. The main way he does this is through Abigail’s image and feelings he uses her attitude to tell the story in it’s own way. Firstly, he shows her to be a sweet and innocent girl, yet sneaky and unnoticed. Possibly to represent how weak and almost insignificant woman were at the time, and how they would look for ways to gain power or to avoid problems that they caused, while seeming harmless. We see this in the first few pages of the play, where she says “I would never hurt Betty. I love her dearly” showing us that she is trying to show to Parris that she’s just a harmless girl and that he shouldn’t look to her for explanations of what had happened to Betty nor why Betty is immobile. Furthermore, Miller is also showing how she is trying to avoid Parris and get out of his way as to not be seen as a cause of the problem, proving that she is a sneaky young lady. Later in the play we also see that Miller is showing off Abigail’s more weak side when Parris begins to say all the things he’s done for her, saying “I have given you a home, child, I have put clothes upon your back” He does this to show the powerlessness of women at the time and how Abigail, especially, can be seen as weak, by using
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