At this instance, he is indirectly fueling Abigail and the girls to accuse whomever they want to. Judge Danforth’s irrationality bubbles out in this situation, as according to his judiciary system any person accused of witchcraft have no chance of being a defendant due to the absence of a witness. This shows incompetence and irrationality of legal judgments on the part of an experienced Judge such as Danforth. Lastly, Danforth’s poor judgment is also revealed in the instance of the play wherein John proctor sacrifices his name and tell the truth that he and Abigail had committed the crime of Lechery. In order to confirm this Judge Danforth calls Elizabeth Proctor to testify in court, in which she lies, as a result Danforth says “She spoke nothing of lechery, and this man has lied” (Miller 114).
And he told the judge that she is using the witch craft lie to get his wife killed so that she can be with him. Goody Proctor knows this but when she is brought into court to testify she says “no sir he did not turn from me”(Miller,194) to protect her husbands name. As proctor yells out to her ”Elizabeth tell the truth!… I have confessed it!”(Miller,194) All the conflicts in this book can all somehow be brought back to this one simple themes every single time. Lies and Deceit. It geos to show you how one small lie as little as we didn’t do it can blow up into a huge ordeal.
Girl what ails you? Girl what ails you? Stop that wailing!” (1.1 620-621). John Proctor is saying that Abigail is crying out in nonsense to protect her by making people think she was cast over by witches rather people finding out about the adultery that she committed . Proctor motivates to learn how the truth can still not matter if it is not what the court wants to hear causing people to be killed and put in jail.
This scenario is seen in the crucible when Rebecca Nurse is accused. The Putnam’s, in the midst of the mass hysteria, falsely accuse her of witchcraft. Because of her strong faith to God, she is unwilling to say she never walks with the devil in order to get out of going to jail and being hanged. Although McCarthyism did not lead to anyone being put to death, people had seen communism begin to take over and they were so fearful of this idea, they were willing to make these rash, foolish
Those who would admit to being a witch would go to jail, but for those who denied having interaction with the devil would have been trialed and hung, so really, anyway you put it it’s a lose-lose situation. Things like politics, religion, imaginations, and fear of people were just some of the main factors of what aided people into believing that Satan was upon the town of Salem. They believed that the humans were with devil and doing as he said which in turn gave them the power to harm others. One girl named Tituba was trying to save herself by confessing to witchcraft. She didn’t just confess but she also accused many other women about being witches and she said that they all were in the “hands of Satan”.
Certain crimes such as: Adultery, Murder and Theft, during the Puritan era were always diagnosed as inhumane and ruined a person's reputation, despite any attempt of redemption. Proctor’s crime of adultery is a key element in the starting of the salem witch trials and the devastating end. Proctors situation alternates throughout the novel consistently by other villagers and even Proctor himself. His crime at first is tried to be subdued by himself then it is later used as evidence in a trial and finally it is used as a confession however it ultimately is not believed. To begin Proctor first tries to hide is crime from the other villagers however Abigail seems to want to expose their relationship.
Such similarities include the false imprisonment of innocent people based off of prejudice beliefs and heavily biased justice systems. The Salem Witch Trials began in the year 1692 when several young girls in Salem, Massachusetts were acting so strange that they were believed to be under a witch’s spell (Schiff). When confronted, the girls began accusing others of practicing witchcraft (Schiff). Many people were soon accusing others or being accused of witchcraft; they were being accused for various reasons such as unexplained illnesses, failed crops, or a woman could even be accused if she could open something a man could not (Brandt, p. 38). As stated in Anthony Brandt’s article, An Unholy Mess, “Legally, spectral evidence was not grounds for convicting a witch.
Mistakes were made after Reverend Hale said,”When you were with the devil who did you see with him”(1-143.144). At this point, Abigail William is speechless, but then she starts to blame people. Also it doesn’t matter what Abigail says, because she is a witness of witchcraft, so she will save her own tail besides saving others. Reverend Hale is asking specific questions, forcing Abigail to lie. This is wrong because Reverend Hale is refueling Abigail Williams thought process with lies.
Towards the end of The Crucible, Proctor shames himself and confesses of having affair with Abigail. Abigail denies John’s words and says “If I must answer that, I will leave and I will not come back again” (pg. 1207) because she knows that if she confesses now all the work she has put on the line will be done all for nothing, and will make her look more like a fool than she ever was. This quote indicates that Abigail Williams is a selfish antagonist because she is lying about something that is clearly noticeable. Some people may argue that Abigail isn’t the only one to blame, as in there are many others to blame for the loss of many lives.
“Just vengeance does not call for punishment.” This quote, by Pierre Corneille, applies greatly to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Miller wrote a dramatic retelling of the real life Salem witch trials. While based off a nonfictional event, some details were changed or made up to make the story more interesting. Throughout the whole story, all the girls and women were blaming each other of sending the devil on them or performing some type of witchcraft. While the court took their word on it, most of them were only blaming the others in an act of vengeance.
I have ring the doom of my good name.” ( Proctor) Proctor said this to Danforth to prove that Abigail Williams is lying. Proctor want to Prove that Elizabeth is innocent. Proctor is trying to tell that all of this is a lie that Abigail made to get revenge of Elisabeth. Proctor was forced by himself to tell the