Salem Massachusetts isn’t the biggest town around, everyone knows one another and that means that word travels fast. These chain of unimaginable events started like any other Monday Morning at Salem High School. The fog was starting to settle as the school buses left the school. High School barged through the doors heading to classes. Elizabeth a senior was standing at her locker with her boyfriend John. He was the star of the football team and was also a senior. Every girl in the school was jealous of Elizabeth, especially the mean girl of the school Abigail. Abby was a Freshman and had tried to get John to break up with Elizabeth so they could be together. When John turned her down she grew even more mad and began to hate Elizabeth. As everyone …show more content…
She was hired by Parris (Ruth’s dad, and Abigail's uncle). “What do you mean she made you?”. Abby started “Well, My uncle said that if we didn’t get an a on the next test that he would have to fire her. So she gave us an answer key.” Okay well you girls are free to go.” the two girls walked out and mary followed. When they got into the hallway. Abby made sure that no one else was around. “ So what happened did you tell him that you guy cheated.” Abbys face turned red. “Never say that, she didn’t do it Tituba made us.” “but you -” Abby interrupted her “ I never said anything, as far as you know it was …show more content…
“Someone told me that you were planning on cheating on your test.” “No, no of course not. Who said that.” “Abigail Williams” Oh well abby doesn’t like me very much that must be why should would say that.” “Maybe, do you mind if i take a look at you folders. “No i have nothing to hide.” He looked through the folders and he found an answer key. “Elizabeth come to my office, now.” Elizabeth had no clue how that could have gone in there. “Please I didn’t do this I would never cheat on any a test, please I am one of the best students in this school, can you just talk to Abigail again maybe she will tell you something that she didn’t tell you.” “ I will talk to her but for for right now I am going to have to suspend you from school. The Principal asked one of the secretaries to call Abby down to the office. “um , well, we can’t find her.” “what do you mean” “she is gone we don’t know where she went, She isn’t in the school, she isn’t at her house.” He began to panic, they looked and looked and they would not find
Abigail finally sees the outturn of her lies she has made for what she wants. Proctor is hanged which she didn’t attend to do, but now pays the price. She also found out what lying can do “They’re pretending, Mr. Danforth... Mary, please don’t hurt me!.”(miller 120-121). Lying has made her corrupt and is used to persuade to make harm with.
C’mon Abby According to a 2002 study created by the University of massachusetts, 60% of all adults lie at least once,or even more within a ten minute conversation. This is beyond present, maybe even favored in Arthur miller’s The Crucible. This play takes place in Puritan times, in the year of 1692. Salem was usually a silent town, but after the night Abigail Williams and her group of friends went out to the woods to dance, conjure and creating a charm to have Goody proctor killed. Through lies, misinterpretation and exploiting others Abigail is responsible for having others be blamed and dodging being charged herself.
All in all, Salem was not particularly the bee’s knees in terms of racial acceptance and was not the best place to live if you happened to be a witch; but that’s not what will be discussed, the following essay recounts the stories of the victims
Both Abigail Williams and the Putnam’s took advantage of this frenzy, and carried out their desire for revenge. In the recent past, Abigail had an affair with John Proctor, but John cut all their ties when his wife, Elizabeth found out. Abigail hates Elizabeth for taking John away from her. “It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!”
Abigail masters many talents, but her best talent; scapegoating, has convinced many of the people around her to disregard and free herself from possibly being accused. Abigail is in court and somehow the accusing finger is shifting towards her, to derail herself from that she screams: “She made me do it! She made Betty do
many similarities to the affairs that were unfolding around the author at the time of writing, the mass hysteria aroused by the communists ‘witch-hunts’ of cold war, 1950s America. As we follow the harrowing results of released repression, the hysterical accusations of Salem bears direct resemblance to communist McCarthyism as well as other similarities that unfold as the play narrates one of the most tragic periods of American history. Amidst the apparently insipid, puritanical village of Salem there was little controversy due to its populations consent to theocratic autocracy however this apparent peaceful, holy sanctuary was rife with evils that conjured the demonic hysteria throughout Salem village; these were caused by an amalgamation
Preceding the horrific events of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the village of Salem was experiencing many difficulties, and in spite of its name, it was hardly a haven of tranquility.(Marvel, 2002, p.14) The town faced varying problems ranging from factional politics, religious problems, and famine. The winter of 1691 leading up to the summer of 1692 brought a time of suspicion, accusations, and mass hysteria. Many accusers, who were often little girls, went through alarming physical symptoms, such as inability to consume and sleep, erratic behavior, seizures, and panic attacks. (Kinchlow, 2011)
While they were talking, Elizabeth finds out that John was alone with Abigail for a moment. She starts to get a little jealous and loses some of his trust. Whenever Elizabeth and John talk about Abigail their relationship is awkward and uncomfortable. They get into an argument where Elizabeth wants to help, but John doesn't listen to her. When Mary Warren comes in, she gives Elizabeth a poppet she sewed at work.
This affair was never fully proven, but Proctor did say, “Abby, I may think of you from time to time but I will cut off my hand before I’ll reach for you again” (Miller 1140). Abigail was madly in love with Proctor and wanted Elizabeth out of the picture so she could have Proctor all to her self. Abigail was very jealous of Elizabeth. She thought that if Elizabeth would die, she would get Proctor all to her self. She accused Elizabeth of being a “cold, sniveling woman”(Miller 1140).
Primarily, as referenced before, Elizabeth Proctor makes use of a dignified tone to help buttress her defense of her innocence. However, she also intertwines a confused and naive tone when she questions "[the significance] a needle" and the reason for Abigail's allegation (Miller 72). These questions demonstrate Elizabeth's ignorance and naivety of the matter. The fact that Elizabeth is as unknowledgeable as she is about witchcraft aids in not only making her seem innocent but also in hurting Abigail's reputation. Previously, Abigail's word had been deemed trustworthy and honest, however Elizabeth's questions and the tone used to express her confusion contradicts Abigail's claims.
Rather than seeing herself as a seventeen-year-old who took authority of one man’s heartache and doubt while his wife was sick, Abigail sees herself as John Proctor true lover. She believes that if she lies on Elizabeth to get rid of her that John will want to be with her in the end. Abigail is a young seventeen-year-old girl daydreaming about the optimal male. By all means, she reveals false information on a majority of the other characters. Throwing witchcraft unto everyone gives her all the authority and the power she wants because she has the judges and some of the people in the town in the palms of her hand.
Because of this, logic behind his actions become lost since he begins executing them with a desire to reform the corruptness of his crime. Elizabeth suggests to Proctor, that by telling the court that Abigail and the other girls bewitchments are of pretense, all women who were sentenced to death would be given their lives back. He knows that telling the judges is the most rational, but he pauses before making a choice as he responds “quietly, struggling with his thought” (53). His uncertainty shows his conflicting emotion because Proctor feels he cannot accuse Abigail because his guilt will not allow him to. But he coexisting feels the priority to accuse her in order to keep Elizabeth in high spirits.
John fires back immediately telling Abby not to say a word about Elizabeth. Although John reassures her many times that he’s not with Abby anymore, she still worries that he’s having an affair because of the way Abby blushes around him at church. In the beginning of Act Two we witness a conversation between the Proctors which is an awkward conversation, where they share a kiss that has a “certain disappointment”