The structured Puritan society of Salem, Massachusetts requires the opposite of an ideal life for a teenage girl; no dancing, no singing, and most importantly, no self-expression. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the young adolescent, Abigail Williams creates fear and hysteria by lying about contacts with the devil for her own enjoyment. In an effort to not tarnish her reputation, Abigail tricks authorities into sentencing innocent people to death. Abigail Williams is a clever, controlling young woman who prides herself in deceit. During Act I of the play, the teenage girls of Salem are caught contacting the devil, dancing, and singing in the woods by Reverend Parris, Abigail’s uncle.
Throughout the play, Proctor was confronted with many evils. For example, Proctor’s confrontation within the church and temptation towards continuing an affair with Abigail. John was arrested because the church, convinced by the girls, thought that he was a witch. When given the opportunity to confess to the false accusations, Proctor chose to do away with his sins by being hanged. Awaiting his death, John recited a prayer in front of the crowd that had gathered to watch the hanging.
Throughout the play, Abigail struggles to become close to John but John tries to revert his wrong doings and apologize to Elizabeth but Abigail still wants a relationship. Abigail begins to forge lies about others, committing witchcraft and accuses many innocent people who soon met their fate. John Hale is summoned to evaluate Salem and rid the town of evil but, his journey eventually leads him down the opposite path and actually encourages an alignment with evil. Reverend Hale is a “spiritual doctor” whose job is to rid Salem of any evil or spiritual people in this small town. He comes to Salem with full intentions to help others and devotes all of his time to “clean” this infected town.
Abigail really is the devil in human form. She starts off by lying to her uncle about dancing in the woods with some other girls “Uncle we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it- and I’ll be whipped if I must be. But they’re speakin’ of witchcraft. Betty’s not witched,” (Miller 10) While she admits to dancing, she
Lying for love, “so-called” murder, and the need for land cause horrific events to happen in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts all because revenge. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, is during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. A group of girls pretend to be possessed by witches to cover up what they have done. People get accused of witchcraft and have to testify if they are a witch or not. Revenge in The Crucible is portrayed very negatively throughout the entire story.
For example, Abigail Williams had an affair with John Proctor who was married to Elizabeth Proctor at the time and got discovered. However, Abigail Williams still “loved” John Proctor and was rejected. Later, she accuses Elizabeth Proctor for witchcraft, an action she uses as her revenge. These acts of cruelty ultimately affect all the victims and their families in this play as their consequence is to be hung. The vulnerability and sense of helplessness are all revealed in the victims as they are facing their
For example, when Hale defends Elizabeth and John Proctor, he tells Danforth that he has always thought Abigail “false”. As soon as he says this, Abigail immediately reacts, and says. Abigail then begins to accuse Mary Warren of sending her spirit upon her, which in turn makes Mary’s testimony against Abigail meaningless. Also, Abigail successfully draws the attention of the court from Hale, and now the people are too distracted by Abigail to truly comprehend what Hale was trying to say. In another example, Abigail also draws the attention off of herself and onto another.
Abigail 's heartless attitude is shown in act two when she frames and accuses Elizabeth Proctor for witchcraft. She desired and longed for this revenge on poor Proctors innocent wife, aiming for her through out the play. Later on in Act Three she seems to lose her last attachment of society by destroying John Proctor, who she claims to love with all her heart. When John attempts and threatens to expose Abigail’s wrong doings, she skillfully manages to turn the whole problem around on him, sending him off
Abigail Williams is to Blame In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams, an unmarried orphan in the Massachusetts town of Salem, increasingly grows more jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor intensifies in attempt to realize her desire for Elizabeth's husband John Proctor. Her ambition for vengeance only grows stronger, and her selfishness escalates. She repeatedly lies to save herself by denying her involvement in witchcraft. In order to save herself she accuses the innocent, without any sense of ethical violation. Abigail proves to be a selfish antagonist in The Crucible that shows no sense of right and wrong.
Also, for the audience to feel threatened themselves and to feel frightened or surprised to see Abigail's true colors underneath all of her lies. Danforth is questioning Abigail and begins to become suspicious of whether or not Abigail is telling the truth, when Abigail changes subjects to ensure that the court will side with her. It is now clear to the audience what Abigail is trying to do. Abigail lies and misleads the court to believing that there is still witchcraft around. All of Abigail's followers that are too afraid to go against her in fear of being killed, are going along with Abigail about the wind that supposedly Mary Warren sent upon her.
Abigail has run away with her taking all Parris’s money. Hale has lost faith in the court, pleads the accused to confess falsely to save their lives, they refuse. Danforth asks Elizabeth to talk John into admitting about being a witch, she agrees. John, troubled by the thought, eventually agrees to confessing. When the court says his admission to witchcraft must be done publicly, Proctor grows angry and retracts his early admission to witchcraft.
Parris blames others to divert attention away from himself. He worries that if the townspeople learn that his daughter and niece have fiddled with witchcraft, his position as pastor could be expelled. Yet at the same time, in the beginning of the play, because Parris placed the title witch on the heads of even the most pious members of his community, he converts into an overly insecure character. All in all, Parris horrors the loss of his job, others finding fault in him, and
The Truth: During the late seventeenth century in Salem, Massachusetts Bay, Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams were found dancing in the forest by Samuel Parris (minister of Salem). Later on, both of them started to do violent movements and to scream randomly. A doctor theorized that the young girls were acting strange because they were bewitched. Afterwards, different young girls in the area started to have resembling behaviors. After all of this chaos, Tituba (Reverend Parris’s slave from Barbados) and two other women were charged for witchcraft.