In The Crucible, I noticed many dark forces. The ones that stuck out to me the most were the girls because they were mischievous. Thomas Putnam was a dark force in the story because he was trying to get people of the town killed so he could acquire their land. Abigail was a character that stood out as a dark force because he wanted Mrs. Proctor dead so she could be with John Proctor. The young girls in the story were badly behaved.
This book the Crucible, it takes place in Salem in which a series of problems have come up. In addition, a girl named Abigail persuaded and intimidated people to get what she wanted, which is John Proctor. However, Danforth accused Proctor for working with the devil and gets hanged for it with Sarah Good. These events caused people to take revenge on others and killed, out of greed. To begin with, the Salem witch trials had a negative impact to the people, Judges, and the people of the Church.
The Evil practices and sins will cast chaos in the town of Salem from one person. For the most part, Abigail Williams stirred up drama and made her move by accusing Goody Proctor and changes her behavior constantly to ruin Elizabeth’s marriage. Elizabeth points out “I am sure she does—and thinks to kill me, then to take my place. (Miller 170) The conflict of lust and obsessive nature is evident from Abigail and Elizabeth proctor knows she is in danger during the witch trials. Chaos and false accusations from Abigail corrupted everyone in Salem to
Rumors have spread throughout the town about Abigail, she denies the rumors saying “there be no blush about her name.” (12) Miller uses the word blush to show that Abigail is hiding something under the surface, she knows that she did something wrong but admitting the truth would ruin her already damaged name. Abigail constantly lied to the point where she started to believe her own lies, she could not escape her lies so she ran away. Abigail running away revealed that she lied about witchcraft and several innocent lives were lost to her
When in the course of human events, man punishes innocent people based on misleading allegations, the line between justice and revenge needs to be assessed. One such event is the Salem witch trials in 1692. Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” portrays chaos created off of false indictments from the town’s young girls. After being accused of associating with the Devil and performing witchery, the young girls plot to confess that they had indeed been affiliated with the Devil, but now wish to do God’s work. In claiming to do so, they accuse several people in the town who they have grudges against in an attempt to mask their reprisal as justice.
Instead of accusing all of the innocent people of witchcraft, Proctor simply gives the explanation that the girls are lying to save their lives. After this, Proctor goes to court to testify his beliefs. In court, Proctor continues to argue with Hale and provides evidence that Abigail is guilty. “Is the accuser always holy now?… This warrant’s vengeance!” (Miller 77). Proctor shows that just because Abigail is the accuser, doesn’t mean she is innocent and that she is lying so she can gain revenge.
She also felt that something had entered her daughter and feared it would end up killing her daughter. Mrs. Putnam mentioned that she believed her daughter and Betty had both not been sick, but instead called it “the Devil’s touch” which is “heavier than death” according to her (Miller 917). Others began to hear about the girls being touched by the Devil, leading to a mass paranoia among those in Salem, in fear the Devil would come after them. The young girls, Betty and Ruth, created a paranoia throughout Salem by simply acting extremely sick, leading to a conclusion that they had been touched by the Devil,
While Mary Warren is being accused of witchcraft he interjects with, “If [Mary Warren] is innocent! Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail. Is the accuser always holy now?”(Miller 77). This shows how John Proctor realizes that hysteria and fear affect Salem and notes how the ones accusing are never met with questions of proof. Similarly, Mr.
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
Abigail is easily one of the most cruel people in Salem, stopping at nothing to get what she wants. However, Abigail is seen as holy and righteous because of her confession and that she helps the girls in court to testify against those who she has wrongly accused. Those that are truly innocent of any wrongdoings are the ones that are being punished for the evil of another person's
In the play Abigail Williams, and Thomas Putnam’s take advantage of the pervasive fear in the village, allowing them to fulfill their selfish and exploitative motives which are what truly fuel the Salem Witch Trials. To begin with, Abigail Williams starts the accusations of witchcraft in order to fulfill her ulterior motives. We first see hints of her motives when Abigail tells John Proctor, a married man under whom she had worked that, “I am waiting’ for you every night”(1099). While Abigail worked under John and Elizabeth Proctor, she had developed feelings for John. Elizabeth removes her which angers Abigail deeply.
One of the first life lessons a child is taught growing up is that lying can only ever make a situation worse. This claim can easily be proven through Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The story follows the people of Salem, Massachusetts as their lives turn to chaos as a result of the Salem Witch Trials. No matter how farfetched the accusations were, the copious amount of lies told within the small town made it nearly impossible for anyone to know what really happened. These gaps in knowledge made people’s minds open to any kind of explanation.