In the fervor of the witch trials, Abigail is put on a pedestal by the people of Salem and treated as though she has a direct connection with the Divine. Through cold calculation, Abigail carefully selects the people that she accuses in order to establish her credibility. Thus, she first accuses the town’s social deviants, as she knows the court is already predisposed to convict them. Soon a mere accusation from her becomes enough reason to convict even important, influential people. Abigail uses the witch hysteria that consumes Salem to secure herself from accusation, and gain control of the trials by accusing respectable people, before moving on to Elizabeth, and then in her desperation, she manipulates Mary Warren into eventually accusing John.
People in the village had power by influencing others to lie in order not to receive the consequences of witchcraft. Abigail shows power in the play by influencing the girls and what to say and do. She threatened all the girls she will hurt them if they open their mouth and say the truth. Abigail threatens, “Let either one of you breathe a word, or the edge of the other thing and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will being a pointy reckoning that will shutter you.”(Act 1). Abigail tells them she will shutter them with something that will hurt them in a dark night.
Back in 1692, witchcraft was a very popular topic of conversation. Witchcraft became so bad in a town by the name of Salem. The Salem Witch Trials became very popular and lead many people to their death. Girls were caught dancing in the woods and was accused of doing witchcraft. By the end, everyone was accused of witchcraft and many people were executed.
This would explain why so many people were accused. “In conclusion, the residents of Salem Village usually accused their neighbors of witchcraft because it was very common to have a history of conflict or tension with your neighbor at the time”(Teenink.com). Even if no one can prove that these were the main reasons for the Salem Witch Trials and there are still many other theories, these three give the best explanation. These three theories show that the girls only did i because they were ill or believed that it was right because someone they looked up to told them to do it.
Abigail’s dominance and manipulative nature is particularly shown over the girls, after she influences them to follow in her footsteps by naming others who are affiliating with the devil, by doing so they posses power and protect themselves from any accusations against them. Abigail goes to great lengths to get what she wants,
and Abigail Williams uses those lies to gain influence over other people. Two of the people who Abigail has the greatest influence over are Elizabeth Proctor and Tituba. The first person who Abigail has the greatest influence over is Elizabeth Proctor. One reason why Abigail has great influence
Abigail accused many innocent people of witchcraft and she also told lies about the people she thought were witches. She made her accusations very believable for the judges to put innocent people to death. In conclusion, I say Abigail Williams was the most to blame for the events of the Salem Witch Trails. Her character flaws of dishonesty, envy, and lust costed many innocent people their lives and left survivors of the Salem Witch Trails wretched
These girls used witchcraft as a means to escape the guilt of being found dancing in the woods. In particular, Abigail lied repeatedly, both protect herself and place blame on others, like Elizabeth, John Proctor's wife. She also friends the other girls to do the same when she say, “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you” (Miller 19). Because Abigail refuses to tell the truth and does not allow others to do so either, the trials occur. If Abigail hadn't been so desperate to save herself and use people's fear to her
The Crucible Trials Many people were gruesomely hung in front of whole communities because of a few selfish little girls who were at most to blame for the unfair trials. In the novel “The crucible” by Arthur Miller was based in Salem Massachusetts where everyone 's word was trusted and a small lie could have many people hung at the stake. Although the girls were the most fitting culprits Mary Warren could also be to blame for the Witchcraft and bad intentions. Mary was found with a pop it doll of Elizabeth proctor and she is guilty because Abigail uses the doll to frame elizabeth for witchcraft and mary agrees to go with john proctor and testify against Abigail. Abigail is a mean person who wants her way no matter
Imagine losing everything: your job, family, and good name all because of someone accusing you of something that there is no sound evidence for. Now imagine people losing their lives for insubstantial reasons, and anyone who spoke out against these would lose everything themselves. Wouldn’t corruption reign from personal vengeance and create an aura of hysteria? Readers see this exact effect in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible as well as in the historical event of The Lavender Scare, in both of which people were wrongfully castigated for unjustifiable accusations. The Crucible and The Lavender Scare were both similar and different.
Psychology and The Crucible The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, showcases a very good example of a sociopath. Abigail Williams, a manipulative girl from the village of Salem, always knows how to work a crowd to her advantage. She conceives a cunning plan to eliminate her enemies and keep her name clean when she is caught up in the Salem Witch Trials. Throughout this play we are given many good examples of how a sociopath typically behaves.
Hysteria, paranoia, and delusion was what drove the Salem Witch trials in 1692. Many people were executed by decision of the court because it believed in absurd false allegations. Justice in the court was perverted by fear and delusion (Johnson 9). In the 1940s and 1950s, many people in the United States were living in fear of communism; similar to those who feared “witches” in Salem. In the 1953, Arthur Miller came out with a play: The Crucible based on the Salem Witch Trials tackling McCarthyism; accusing others of being communists trying to overthrow democracy in the United States (9-10).