They both were huge liars, who accused innocent people of being something they weren't. Abigail Williams accused women of being witches during her era and Joseph McCarthy accused society in his days of being communist. “Both individuals accused innocent people of wrongdoings for their own selfish intentions…” Joseph McCarthy and Abigail Williams were playing mind games with everyone around them. Manipulating and had some sort of power to convince everyone around them to believe the same thing. “They are similar because, they both had an image to obtain to their society…” Williams and McCarthy both became the fear of their
Many people had been wrongfully accused and suffered the consequences of one person’s error. McCarthy would be similar to Abigail whereas Miller would be similar to Proctor. Abigail accused many of being witches while McCarthy accused many of being Communists. Proctor would be similar to Miller because they both were brought in front of the court to tell on their friends, which they both refused to do so. Miller had once said, “It would probably never had occurred to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1962 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40’s and early 50’s.
Mary Warren Used for Both Sides In the historical play, The Crucible, Mary Warren is used for both sides. Mary Warren is a maid for John Proctor, and becomes involved in the Salem witch hunt as one of the accusers, led by Abigail Williams. She sits on the jury, part of Abigail’s gaggle girls, and is someone who was not known till the Witch Trials. Mary Warren believed that witchcraft was happening in Salem just like Abigail Williams, Judge Danforth, Parris, etc. As other in The Crucible she pretended to see spirits and suffer from (acting) fainting spells in court.
Intro: The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play about the Salem Witchcraft. The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Abigail accuses several local women of witchcraft. A group of teenage girls were found dancing in the woods by the Parris, Betty father. Knowing that the punishment for their behavior will be severe, the girls claim that they were possessed by the spirits.
Equally important, Abigail told Proctor that his wife Elizabeth, who knows about their affair “is blackening my name in the village! She telling lies about me!”(Miller 24) , but Proctor finished the conversation with a “do you look for whippin’?”(Miller 24). This event doesn’t seem like much but it’s when at the end of act 1 the girls began to confess that they were doing witchcraft and declare that other people in the village were witches as well, and Proctor knows what really happened in the woods. Moreover, in act 2, John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth have a conversation about the nonsense of the girls accusing people of witchcraft, and she told him to go to court and tell them what he knew, but he only answered with an “I’ll think on it”(Miller 53) because of lack of
To begin with, the Salem witch trials had a negative impact to the people, Judges, and the people of the Church. Such people like Mary or Paris, lied and betrayed people to get what they want in which caused people to hate them, also, couple of people died, loved ones, friends, and families. According to Mary “No, I love God’; I go your way no more. I love God, I bless God” (Miller 1152). After the trial,the judges accused John Proctor of forcing Mary to evoke the Judges, furthermore, no one but Elizabeth and Hale tried to stop the hanging.
Throughout the entire play of the Crucible, Abigail Williams portrayed the characteristic of a selfish teenager whose actions were only to help herself. She accused many innocent people of committing the crime of witchcraft, which nineteen were later hung. Her entire motive was to get revenge on Elizabeth Proctor so she could have Elizabeth’s husband, John Proctor, all to herself. “She blacken my name in the village! She is telling lies about me!
But it is a whore's vengeance, and you must see it now.” (110) Analysis of Quote: John Proctor desperately tried to expose Abigail Williams as a fraud without leaking the news of their affair. When Abigail and the girls deny Mary Warren’s testimony in order to have Elizabeth hang, John Proctor leapt up at Abigail and told the court, “She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave!” (110). He continued to ridicule Abigail by accusing her actions of being a whore’s vengeance. Abigail accused Elizabeth and tried to have her hang so that she could become Proctor’s wife. But while trying to achieve her one true wish, her manipulative tactics backfired with John’s confession of the affair.
When the topic of the Salem Witch Trials is mentioned, we think about how creepy it was and how the people were killed. However, author of the Newsweek article titled “The Lesson of Salem,” Laura Shafiro states, “[The] witch trials represent more than just a creepy moment in history; they stand for the terrible victory of prejudice over reason, and fear over courage”. On most occasions, people tend to forget the actual significance of the witch trials. In The Crucible, a
People confessed to working with the Devil for the chance that they would be spared by the church. The accused witches were casted out of society and treated like animals. The witch-hunt of Salem was an outbreak of paranoia and hysteria that tons of innocent women and children paid for with their lives. How Witches Were Accused Children were reportedly screaming for no reason, having seizures in church, and going into trances and no one understood
During the witch trials, the accused were interrogated and forced to plead guilty of witchcraft or die. Most pleaded guilty just to save their life, but they were also forced to give up the names of other “witches”. Blaming others could also direct the blame from the accused to someone else, this way the accused could escape the pain and shame of being called a witch. In Cotton Mather Biography, it is stated that, “As the trials progressed, and growing numbers of person confesses to being witches.” This portrays the on going snowball effect of blaming other people of witchcraft. This is also depicted in the McCarthy hearings, for accused communists were pressured to give up the other communists.
If someone “hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property” (Miller, 99) and then others would fight to get their property. In the Red Scare, those accused lost their jobs and their well earned respect. For example, Helen Keller’s reputation is practically spotless but once branded with communism, that went downhill. In the Crucible, Rebecca Nurse was accused of witchcraft, who was seen as the “mother” of Salem and had a pure reputation. This just shows that people blindly believed what they were told without really thinking about it.
Both events involve a mass hysteria that leads many innocent people being accused of something they did not take part in. For example, the witch trials accused blameless women of practicing dark magic while McCarthyism accused hundreds of following communism. Both also have a person or group that leads the act. This shows how mindless humans can actually be. The Crucible expresses this trait by telling a story of the Salem witch trials.
The Truth: During the late seventeenth century in Salem, Massachusetts Bay, Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams were found dancing in the forest by Samuel Parris (minister of Salem). Later on, both of them started to do violent movements and to scream randomly. A doctor theorized that the young girls were acting strange because they were bewitched. Afterwards, different young girls in the area started to have resembling behaviors. After all of this chaos, Tituba (Reverend Parris’s slave from Barbados) and two other women were charged for witchcraft.
They both struck fear in the people due to the "guilty until you confess" attitude which ruled the courts. In Salem the only way to escape death was to confess and repent; in the McCarthy hearings if you were accused, whether guilty or not, you would always be viewed as a Communist. McCarthy also relates to Abigail in The Crucible, because they both made false accusations against innocent people. McCarthy accused people of being communists, whereas Abigail accused people of being witches (Angelfire.com). History does not generally repeat itself, be that as it may, it did for this situation.