How Does Miller Present Evil In The Crucible

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The Crucible is a 1953 play written by Arthur Miller. The story retells the truth of the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It all started when the group of girls was caught out dancing in the woods during the witching hour. The two youngest girls seemed to be showing signs of bewitchment. As a consequence Salem started charging the youngest of being a witch and coming in contact with Satan. However they were just pretending due to the fear of that night. All of this spur commenced the Salem witch trials and innocent people were being condemned by other innocent people. These innocent people were not so innocent because they saved their lives by taking somebody else's. Miller's playwright depicts a main occuring…show more content…
She basically embodies the theme. At such a young age she expresses such a manipulative and vengeful character. Abigail was the girl that started the entire situation. She gathered the group of girls to go into the woods and perform a ritual where the girls could wish something and Tituba would accomplish it through animal sacrifice and ritual. When it came to Abigail’s turn of wishing, she wished to have John Proctor and kill Elizabeth Proctor, wife of John. While Abigail worked for the Proctors, Elizabeth fell ill after giving birth. During this time she committed a malicious sin and had an affair with with John. After Elizabeth realized John was slipping away from her, she fired Abigail and she wouldn’t be able to find work. This left Abigail angry, greedy and vengeful. She wanted Elizabeth to die because she fired her. The main theme occurs very commonly throughout the play. The Crucible depicts vengeance vividly through the characters; Thomas Putnam, Ann Putnam and Abigail Williams. Thomas a greedy old man wanted more wealth at the price of anything. Ann wanted someone to blame for her dead babies. And the most evil, Abigail, wanted John for herself and revenge for getting fired. These are the prime examples that Miller uses to show the theme of
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