The whole town has gone crazy with the thought of witchcraft. The town and its government has killed innocent people and ruined families. This is the setting of Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials. Johns emotions have been captured and have shifted throughout the book from fear to redemption. John Proctor is a very thought of man with lots of land in Salem, his wife Elizabeth was accused of witchcraft and in order to prove her innocence he tries everything.
It has come to belief, that Betty and Ruth have both been placed into coma-like symptoms by the “Devil” a disconnected with the outside world. This idea that the Devil is prevalent in Salem causes a rapid spread of fear throughout the town. This sickness then transforms into the first idea that the Devil is able “control” others, ultimately aiding the Devil’s authority and control over the townsfolk. As well, as Abigail accuses Tituba of calling to the spirits, Parris and Putnam threaten her with death in spite to discover the truth. After listening to such violent repercussions, Tituba comes to admit that she “don 't desire to work for him”(44) though implying contact between the Devil and herself.
The looks in this quote is the facial expression she had in that clip of the movie. In addition to the movie, John and Abigail weren’t really working this whole witchcraft drama. Abigail started saying very rude compliments about Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail shouted to John, saying, “with a bitter anger: “Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be….She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me!
Abigail and her group of friends around found in the forest doing witchcraft to get their love interest to fall for the however they are caught by her uncle Parris and instead of confessing and telling the truth she lies to her uncle Parris by claiming she was just dancing. Due to her act Abigail’s sister Betty is unconscious and the whole town is convinced it’s witchcraft, causing mayhem throughout the community also known as mass hysteria. In the book The Tipping point it states “... convinced that he is being contaminated by some unseen evil- in the past it was demons and spirits; nowadays it tends to be toxings and gases.” This is how mass hysteria is starts, a collective illusion which if clearly shown in the play. In the play Abigail proclaims, “She lies! She sends her spirit into me, and makes me laugh at prayer!
The citizens felt it was their duty to destroy the witches for the good of the community. More than one hundred and fifty people were charged and jailed. Twenty were executed. However, most of the folks accused were sincerely innocent. The real causes of the Salem witch trials were quite the antithesis from the handiwork of Satan and his “employed witches.” Today, the origin of the calamity is believed to be a combination of a few different factors.
Both trials were held with barely any proof against the person being accused and were solely based off of false accusations. The Hollywood Ten were ten directors and producers who were wrongly accused of being communists. They were forced to appear before the House of Un-American Activities Committee and they refused to answer any questions about their connections towards communism. Likewise, in The Crucible John Proctor, Elizabeth Tituba, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, Goody Osborne, and Goody Good were all falsely accused of being associated with witchcraft. Abigail Williams was the person behind most of these accusations and that led to even more people being accused.
Witchcraft was second among the hierarchy of crimes which was above blasphemy, murder and poisoning in the Puritan Code of 1641. Since England had their own witch hunts, it was said that the anxiety spread to New England mainly because of a pamphleteer Cotton Mather. It started early 1692 when the daughter and niece of Salem local minister, Samuel Parris had strange violent convulsions and loud outbursts. The only local doctor of the village which only could read but not write, then concluded that the girls were bewitched. There were three primary “suspected” witches, the minister’s slave Tituba, Sarah Good who was a beggar, and Sarah Osborne, a widower.
Individuals vs. Society The Salem Witch Trials, of the strangest accounts of mass hangings in history, were the fault of a few young women. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor is forced to make a decision as to whether or not to give up his good name to save this small town. People have to choose between self-interest and that which would benefit the society in which they live. Often, people face some great cause prior to choosing to help the greater society over their own selfish wants. John deals with Abigail and a dozen or so other tormented girls, as does the whole town.
Then moving to rising actions, as Parris sends to doctor to know what happens to his daughter Betty, Parris is afraid from his country if they know that Parris has corruption at his house. The climax of the play is cleared, when Elizabeth has been accused for witch craft by Abigail. Also, Abigail and other girls pretension at the court have made the situation of Elizabeth and other innocent women more complicated. Moving to following actions, Proctor admits his affair with Abigail at the court, then Proctor confession of making witch craft. At the last Miller used horrible ending, that ends with Proctor’s refusal to give his name and sign on his confession, so he hangs up and he reaches to high
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller and published in 1953. The play is about the Salem witch trials that happened in 1692. In these trials, people were hanged because the townspeople didn’t want the devil in their town. The people that lived in Salem were very religious so they believed that hangings would get rid of the devil, who was possessing and controlling certain townspeople. The Crucible starts out with a scene where a young girl is sick with a mysterious sickness.