In Act IV Mary Warren is afraid of Abigail, so she points the finger at John Proctor to keep Abby from accusing her of being a witch who is very vulnerable and easily persuaded. When she sees that Abigail and the girls have turned against her by
Reverend Parris is convincing Judge Danforth, that John Proctor is trying to dismantle the court, but John is only there to save the lives of those on trial. Marlow wrote, “Parris is evident in the stage directions where we first see Parris encounter his niece and are directly informed that she is glamorous and a compulsive liar” (1). Marlow is saying how Reverend Parris knows Abigail is a compulsive liar, but he believes her anyway. This causes a problem because Reverend Parris then spreads the lies. When Reverend Parris realizes he is spreading lies, he keeps it to himself to protect him from his enemies.
Everyone is selfish in one way or another, always trying to do what is best for themselves. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play about the Salem witch trials. He wrote the play as an allegory of McCarthyism, when the US government discriminated communists. Envy, Selfishness, and lust for money/power demonstrate the flaws of humanity through the actions of Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris, and Thomas Putnam. The human flaw of envy is demonstrated by several of Abigail Williams’s actions.
(Mary Warren) She’ll Kill me for saying that.” (955) Due to Abigail’s intimidating personality, Mary Warren is scared to tell the truth in fear the girls will turn on her, as Proctor is forcing her do. The audience interprets her threats as pity on the girls as they are insecure. They can also see that most of the girls don’t actually believe any of the witchery, they are just doing it in fear of
That is exactly what happened too. She told every lie she could possibly think of, she claimed that people 's spirits told her to do certain things, and she also forced the other girls to go along with her web of lies or she would hurt them. Safe to say she needs to be punished for what she has done. Not only did Abigail lie ,but she also
Elizabeth Proctor Elizabeth Proctor in Act three, was call to court to testify the affair between John Proctor and Abigail Williams. Her severe test was to say the truth or deny it. Elizabeth deny it the affair, she want to save John reputacion, then she lie about it. She didn’t know that John confest already. Instead of save John he got more in trouble.
Lastly, Miller put integrity to the test through the use of sin. John Proctor sinned and committed adultery. The girls sinned when they lied about seeing the devil around them and trying to place the blame on others for their actions. Mary Warren nearly confesses that she and the other girls were lying about witchcraft but the other girls started to pretend that they were seeing spirits in the
She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a-”(Miller, Pg.146). Once she has gained her reputation and power, she works up to accusing Elizabeth of being a witch. All of this shows that Abigail is still a girl and not a woman.
Once he realises the girls had been lying his opinion becomes the truth, which is proven as truth as the play finishes. One such example is when Mary Warren accuses the girls of lying. While defending themselves the girls scream saying Mary is sending her spirit at them “She’s going to come down she’s walking the beam” (1211). Hale sees no such bird in the courtroom, and Mary Warren keeps telling the girls to stop. With all of this happening Hale sees the girls just lie about seeing spirits.
Abigail starts acting. Abigail says “But God made my face; you cannot want to tear my face. Envy is a deadly sin, Mary (224).” She is pretending Mary is possessed so she doesn’t get in trouble. She raises chaos to save herself from being exposed to the court as a liar. Abigail Williams shows that misunderstandings and lying can cause chaos, when she