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.
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. they will gradually start behaving the way their peers falsely perceived or accused them of doing. This is also indicative of the indisputable presence of sexism in Salem.
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
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. POLONIUS “[…] I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth Have you so slander any moment leisure
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.
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.
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.
Friar Laurence is at blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death because he made many mistakes that he could have avoided himself. The first mistake is that he trusted someone else to give Romeo the note that explained
Both situations spiraled out of control because of ignorance and the use mob mentality. A person who sympathized with Communists was persecuted, just as if someone tried to defend the accused witches of Salem. Parallel to the Salem Witch Trials, the McCarthy Trials accused hundreds of innocent people of being Communists without any proof. Like Salem, if the accused confessed to communism, they would be blacklisted from their community, but not jailed. Sir William Phips was the Governor of Massachusetts at the time of the salem Witch Trials, and he refused to stop the trials until one of the accusers targeted his wife.
John Proctor did not sign the testimony because he wanted to protect his name. In my opinion he was excessively prideful and foolish. If it would have been me, I would have signed the testimony so that I could 've lived. He should have admitted that he was consorting with the devil instead of hanging, he would still be able to be with his family if he would have been smarter about his decisions. John Proctor was being selfish as well when he chose to die instead of sign the testimony.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a historical fiction about the Salem witch trials in the late 1600’s. John Proctor plays the protagonist and throughout the storyline his masculinity decreases due to Abigail Williams. Throughout the play it's clear the female characters have more power than the men in the Theocratic society of Salem. The girls are put in court after being caught in the woods for witchcraft. They exploit their feminine traits and manipulate the men in charge of the court.