Lying for love, “so-called” murder, and the need for land cause horrific events to happen in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts all because revenge. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, is during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. A group of girls pretend to be possessed by witches to cover up what they have done. People get accused of witchcraft and have to testify if they are a witch or not. Revenge in The Crucible is portrayed very negatively throughout the entire story.
This hysteria of witchcraft sweeps over the village - even the authorities fall under the sway of these lying young girls. Caught in the middle of these hysterics is the family of John and Elizabeth Proctor, who have struggled in the past due to John once having an affair with Abigail when she was employed by the Proctors, but are trying to rebuild their
The girls accused a lot of people and got a lot of people of hang for being witches. The play is about human weakness, hypocrisy, and vindictiveness. In each paragraph these traits will be further explained. The first trait is human weakness. This appears man times throughout The Crucible.
Girl what ails you? Girl what ails you? Stop that wailing!” (1.1 620-621). John Proctor is saying that Abigail is crying out in nonsense to protect her by making people think she was cast over by witches rather people finding out about the adultery that she committed . Proctor motivates to learn how the truth can still not matter if it is not what the court wants to hear causing people to be killed and put in jail.
Tituba, a slave, admitted to the devil coming to her, “Sometimes like a hog, and sometimes like a great dog” (The Salem Witch Trials, 1692). Tituba confessed that a conspiracy of witches permeated Salem Village. Tituba’s confession silenced most skeptics, and Parris and other local ministers began the witchcraft hunt zeal. The first accused witch to be brought to trial after Governor Phips created the “Court of Oyer and Terminer” was Bridget Bishop (Linder). The youngest to be accused was a five year old girl named Dorcas, or Dorathy Good, daughter of Sarah Good.
The Crucible, a production written by Arthur Miller, stays extremely true to its name. The definition of a “crucible” according to Prentice Hall is a severe test or trial, this theme is consistently shown in the play (1257 n1). The drama shows a village in 1692 Massachusetts controlled by puritans, where a large number of people are wrongfully accused of witchcraft (Miller). The village itself could be mistaken as a crucible since the people's values are tested, the trials themselves are the crucible of the story. For many of the characters the test sees if they will lie and accuse someone else of witchcraft, or if they will face death for their honesty.
Therefore, Abigail should take the blame for the Salem Witch Trials, not the town as a whole. Abigail accuses a copious amount of people that were in the way of her plan to be with John Proctor. As Proctor confesses his adultery to the court, he says. This shows that Abigail wants Elizabeth
In the play the Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor is married to John, she knows that he had a relationship with Abigail. She knows that he ended the relationship with Abigail and is adamant about making things right with her, his wife. Abigail knows this and wants John to want her again so she has devised a plan that will not only get rid of Elizabeth but anyone else that she has beef with. Abigail’s ambition causes many people to be killed in the name of witchcraft. Abigail lists off people to Reverend Hale a specialist in demonology that she’s supposedly seen dancing with “the devil” Abigail is also one of the jury in the courthouse.
A baffling plague of Satan has arrived in our cursed town, and yet another girl has been convicted of witchery. Elizabeth Clarke, a young mistress, was recently accused of creating a pact with the Devil. A trial commenced last Tuesday at the Salem Town Hall with Persecutor Matthew Hopkins examining Clarke 's allegations. First accusations of her treason began with Clarke 's late lover, Reuben Taylor, whose mother was supposedly cursed by Clarke for not allowing her to be with Taylor as he lay dying. With a one-on-one interview with Hopkins, he revealed that he did not believe in Clarke 's innocence; "After I questioned her [Clarke] about cursing Mother Taylor 's cows, I then began an extensive physical examination, inserting a pin into
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is based off of the “Salem Witch Trials” that happened in the late 1600s. In the play, a group of teenage girls accuse many people of practicing witchcraft. A young girl, Abigail Williams, accuses Elizabeth Proctor of stabbing her through witchcraft. In an attempt to free his wife, John Proctor confesses his affair with Abigail. When Danforth brings Elizabeth forth to test Proctor’s claim, Elizabeth denies the affair in order to protect John’s reputation.
22. Tituba was forced to confess what really happened because, they were going to beat her until she confessed about what happened. She confessed to witchcraft, and also because Mrs. Putnam’s told Tituba to do the ritual and that is why Tituba did what she did 23. Abigail and the girls knew that at one point they would get caught so Abigail would do anything to keep herself from getting in trouble, so when she found out that people were accusing them, she stared to say that the devil forced them in to doing all those things because she knew that they would get some serious consequences for doing what they did by dancing and doing witch things and plus she is the leader of the group so they do what she says 24. She wants john to go in town and tell the authorities that the girls are lying about what really happened.
In 1692, the hysteria of what is now known as the Salem witch trials begun. It all started within the minister’s household when his daughter and niece started to act outlandishly. Witchcraft was blamed for their behavior and actions, which resulted in the madness of accusing almost every woman in the village of Salem. About 20 were eventually executed (Blumberg 1). This delirium ended when minister Cotton Mather and his son pleaded to cease the use of spectral evidence, the “testimony about dreams and visions” (Blumberg 2).