With her confirming the avoided lie from Abigail, John was considered a liar once more because she didn’t tell the truth to the court about John’s affair with Abigail. Elizabeth lying in court set the tone for Act Four when powerful people in Salem fear a rebellion and what hanging Rebeca Nurse, John Proctor and Martha Corey would
Elizabeth Procter was married to John Procter who supposedly had an affair with Abigail Williams. John Procter went to break things off with Abigail Williams because his wife found out about the affair and she accused Elizabeth of witchcraft hoping that Elizabeth would no longer stand in the way of their “love”. The only problem that interfered with her plan was that John didn’t feel that strongly for Abigail. He cared more deeply for his wife. Whenever John went to testify against Abigail, she accused him as well.
Since the beginning of the play she has been notorious because of the village rumors about her provocative and quite manipulative behavior. She is not just jealous of Elizabeth Proctor - she is also mad at her and the whole village for “blackening her name” (Miller 23) and “telling lies” (Miller 24) about her. While some of those rumors subsequently turned out to be true, the society had still failed to fulfill its one and most important function - to protect its members. Instead, people put a label on a person they barely tried to understand, thus leaving Abigail with nothing more than a self-fulfilling prophecy. Well observed in our reality as well, this phenomenon has to do with trying to force a certain individual into a stereotype which in the long term might result in this person subconsciously “living up” to those statements i.e.
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.
She plans on killing her children because she believes that she is rescuing them from a hand more hostile to murder them. Although this may convince some readers that she does have a heart with a sense of protecting her children, there is also a darker reason for this sinful act. In one particular scene, the Corinthian women begged her not to do this, but Medea replied with, “this will cause my husband to feel the most pain.” Reading this piece, readers will surely realize that having Jason suffer in anguish was her way of regaining peace, viewing her as the antagonist of this play. It 's strange though how she feels motherly love towards the children like any other parent today, even though the nurse from the beginning of the story said she hated her children. So it seems that good and evil are not just black and white, it 's just the decisions people make between morals and
In the end of the story, she was killed because she was accused of being a witch and heretic. These things they say about Joan were false since she was clearly not a witch and she is a very religious girl. This proves a lot on how men in the story control over what women should be. Before being killed in the end she was insulted by people, she is called weak and less respectable. The steward assumed she is weak because she is a girl.
But he feared as a Reverend the he was not setting a proper example, with Abigail his niece and his daughter dancing in the woods. He feared if the truth got out that he would lose his status, his power, his strength. To escape this feeling, rather than face the truth, he lied and went along with the story that the girls were “possessed”. Now Reverend Parris feared embarrassment, awkward of ashamed feeling. But is does not compare to the fear of your life.
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a play that takes place in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692. The play begins with young girls performing a ritual in the woods to get the guys they like to fall in love with them. After they are caught, the situation spirals out of control as the presiding church officials begin trials to hang the alleged witches that plague Salem. Abigail Williams, one of the girls, accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch in order to have her killed because she feels envy towards what Elizabeth has with her husband John Proctor, a farmer. Abigail uses the situation to her advantage to rid herself of Elizabeth so that she can finally be with John, despite the him telling Abigail that they will no longer have anything together.
By spilling all these accusations, Abigail turned Salem into a boiling pot of rumor and hatred. Even more so, it’s sad to think that Abigail did all of it simply because she wanted John back, and was angry at Elizabeth for being kicked out. On page 1157, Abigail's accusations are put on display, “I saw Goody Sibber with the Devil… I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil… I saw Goody Booth with the Devil!”. Abigail couldn’t control her mouth, and ran around town accusing and denying to her content. Alan Kazdin talks about lying, “It is unlikely that lying will be completely eliminated, but with the right encouragement, it can be dramatically lessened”.
He was probably teetering on the brink of for and against the trials, when his wife was accused and it put him over the edge. After this he came out against the Salem Witch Trials, proclaiming them hysteric. Years later, he published a book commenting on the witch trials. Although the book never denies that witches are real, his book did say that the fear that everyone felt that people were compelled to believe the girls’ accusations, “Such was the darkness of the day, the tortures and lamentations of the afflicted, and the power of the former presidents, that we walked in the clouds, and could not see our way. And we have most cause to be humbled for error on that hand, which cannot be retrieved.” This quote shows Hale admitting his wrongs, and apologizing for his errors.