She starts accusing people that she doesn’t like of practicing witchcraft, including Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth Proctor is John Proctor’s wife, and Abigail doesn 't like her because she wants to be with John, who she had an affair with. Abigail thinks that by accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft Elizabeth will be killed and then she can finally be with John. During these witch trials, many other people were accused and blamed for things that they did not do. It was mostly because of Abigail and her friends were lying about innocent people doing witchcraft.
Since the beginning of the play she has been notorious because of the village rumors about her provocative and quite manipulative behavior. She is not just jealous of Elizabeth Proctor - she is also mad at her and the whole village for “blackening her name” (Miller 23) and “telling lies” (Miller 24) about her. While some of those rumors subsequently turned out to be true, the society had still failed to fulfill its one and most important function - to protect its members. Instead, people put a label on a person they barely tried to understand, thus leaving Abigail with nothing more than a self-fulfilling prophecy. Well observed in our reality as well, this phenomenon has to do with trying to force a certain individual into a stereotype which in the long term might result in this person subconsciously “living up” to those statements i.e.
The forest was “evil” and the fact that the girls were doing the unspeakable act of dancing made the crime much more serious than before. “The Salem tragedy… developed from a paradox… Simply, it was this: for good purposes, even high purposes, the people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together...”(1.15) The Puritans religion also acted as their government so when the girls did an “unholy” act the Puritans felt they must be condemned lawfully for it. The citizens religious violations would result in
His mother Gertrude then remarried to Claudius. Gertrude failed Hamlet as a mother by choosing to ignore his problems. Hamlet could have grieved properly and not have been tempted to murder if society at the time had been more accepting of men’s emotional health. It was Hamlet’s support system and society that had failed him, he was definitely justified to act hysterically. Although Ophelia had the best intentions, she abandoned Hamlet when he needed support and obeyed her father instead.
However, there are times when Brutus disregards what is noble in pursuit of his own glory. Brutus does not realize his noble motives are corrupted by selfish wants, but his actions show that he is often thinking of his reputation over the good of Rome. Early on in the play, Cassius rants to Brutus about how the name “Caesar “should not be “sounded more than” their own names (I.2.136-162). Cassius tries hard to convince Brutus that he is of the same level of Caesar, and, therefore, is just as deserving of the crown. To these remarks, Brutus immediately replies that he is not jealous of Caesar (I.2.163, 173-6).
That summons thee to heaven, or to hell” as these reference the unmoral parts of her life suggesting her disturbed nature could be because of her lack of sanity as she hallucinates the blood on her hands. Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as disturbed because she subverts the ideas of religion and the supernatural which were contradictory during the Jacobean era. Rather than fulfilling the audience’s expectations that religion and the supernatural are contradictory, she conjures the idea that they are similar as she says, “look like th’innocent flower but be the serpent under’t.” The auxiliary verb “be” is quite disturbing because she is demanding Macbeth to be a certain way showing her rebellion against stereotypes as women had to obey their husbands. Shakespeare could have been doing this to present her as an outcast, disturbing the audience. Also, the personification of “flower” shows her manipulating him to have a facade of morality but deep down know he is the serpent, presenting her as disturbed because she is seduced by power and uses the worst of people to her advantage.
This, however, is a huge mistake because Antony seeks this chance to successfully turn the crowd against the conspirators. Brutus, who is so noble, is too naive to understand that others may not act as righteously as he does. Hence, Brutus fully trusting Antony to keep his promise demonstrates his naivety. It is his nobility that prevents him to see that others may not be as noble as he is. As a consequence, Brutus’s nobility leads him to his
Lear 's lack of responsibility and wanting to live a carefree life becomes filled with grief. If he hadn 't been arrogant and chose to listen to those who were loyal to him; like Kent, who spoke with wisdom, he could have avoided all the disasters and tragedies that followed. Throughout the play Shakespeare shows the consequences of someone who chooses to live without responsibility. Once Lear gave up his power he began to suffer. Through false judgments and arrogance, the King loses everything he has – authority, family and sanity.
However due to Hamlet not being able to do it fast, his revenge tends to drag on leading to many other people getting affected by it, namely Polonius. Hamlet’s revenge affected multiple people in the play, starting with the effect it had on his and Ophelia’s relationship, in III.i.159 Ophelia says “and I, of ladies most deject and wretched, that sucked the honey of his musicked vows” shows that due to Hamlet breaking up with her due to his revenge (not that she knows about it) she feels like she was lied to the entire time. Ophelia was just the start of the ruined relationships Hamlet creates, due to
And, although Hamlet is able to realize his own fall, his honor and loyalty to his father prevent him from attempting to escape his insanity (Terry 1). All of Hamlet’s hope becomes lost as he realizes that achieving a comfortable future is inexorable without involving grim revenge. “It is this attempt both to please the state and God and to remain honorable that leads to Hamlet's crisis of conscience and, ultimately, to his tragic death”(Terry 1). On the other hand, Claudius’ realization that his guilty conscience has overtaken his ability to function comes later in Act III Scene III, in his soliloquy. A similarity that Macbeth and Hamlet share is the involvement of character soliloquies.