This book the Crucible, it takes place in Salem in which a series of problems have come up. In addition, a girl named Abigail persuaded and intimidated people to get what she wanted, which is John Proctor. However, Danforth accused Proctor for working with the devil and gets hanged for it with Sarah Good. These events caused people to take revenge on others and killed, out of greed. To begin with, the Salem witch trials had a negative impact to the people, Judges, and the people of the Church.
This moment shows the Putnams large role in the blaming of witchcraft because after they ask about a name people respond with those exact names although the blaming wasn’t real. Another person who contributed to the witchcraft hysteria is Reverend Parris. Samuel Parris was quick to blame and quick to make bad remarks about people he didn’t like. Most of all Parris wants to keep up his reputation so if word got out that he niece was acting like a barbarian in the woods he would be shamed upon. In the play Parris says, “If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.”
By the end of the play Hale has lost all faith in the court system and is very upset with judge Danforth refuses to change his ideas or to look on the side of the story . When Hale first arrived in Salem he said "In these books the Devil stands stripped of all his brute disguises. Here are all your familiar spirits your incubi and succubi; your witches that go by land, by air, and by sea; your wizards of the night and of the day. Have no fear now-we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!" (Miller 185).
(202). The only way to prevent uprising in the village was to get John Proctor to confess to witchcraft so he would not be forced to hang. Although the court knows all of this is fraud, they must continue hanging innocent people because of the twelve that were already killed. On the other hand, some may argue that the townspeople could have just confessed, and nobody would’ve had to die. This argument is proven invalid considering the Puritan church damned all liars.
This angered Abigail and made more conflict in the play. So in a vengeful way she turned Elizabeth in for trying to kill her through witchcraft. If Abigail would stop all of this nonsense and accept that John Proctor has a loving wife, this conflict would
In this paragraph, he says that “people became intoxicated… by the terrible success of their imposture (acting), and were swept along …”(Charles Upham). This meant that people saw how they were lying or acting about people being witches and people seemed to believe them so they wanted to keep doing it, even though it affects them it was a life or death situation and people took it as a
This incident shows the reader that she wants to be taken seriously by her colleagues. It also displays that Hilly deeply treasures her reputation because of her reaction towards the situation. On the other hand, Aunt Alexandra has also shown the reader signs that she values her family’s reputation. In chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra did not allow Scout to play with Walter Cunningham because of his poor background. She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him.
Through courage, Montag enacts his plan to change this totalitarian society. Originally, Montag is as naïve as all the others, but Clarisse begins to make him question the things around him. Montag strives to change his life and achieve happiness. He abandons his society’s principles in order to rebuild a meaningful society. With courage and bravery, Montag defies his government’s rules to attract others to fight for a freer
Firstly, Why was witchcraft illegal, why witchcraft stopped being viewed as a crime? The witchcraft in 1735 made a complete switch in attitudes. Penalties for the practice of witchcraft was usually believed by many famous and important people to be an impossible crime, that was replaced by penalties for the lie of witchcraft. The witchcraft of 1735 stayed in force in Britain into the 20th century, because of the illegal ways of telling witchcraft of 1951. (Wikipedia)
This starts a spree of lying and blaming which causes multiple innocent people to be hanged for being accused of witchcraft. One lie started a moment in history people today call crazy, unacceptable, and unrepeatable. “The Crucible” is a play that explains, through a crazy but remarkable story, why lying is a sin. In the present, lying could occur more frequently that truth is told.
In conclusion, the characters of Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams influenced and shaped the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail Williams and Putnam started the first accusations which led to widespread fear of witchcraft in the village. This same fear was exploited by Williams and Putnam in order to achieve their selfish motives. Without these characters, the Salem Witch Trials might have never occured which brings us to realize how much damage vengeance and wealth can cause. All in all, Abigail Williams and Thomas Putnam’s grudges and selfish intentions were what caused Salem Witch Trials and the destruction of several innocent
She was soon thrown out however, because John’s wife Elizabeth suspected them of fancying each other. Even though Abby had been sent out on the highroad, she still felt that she was in love with John Proctor. At every opportunity she would try to speak with him and convince him that he loved her too. Proctor however, told her that he would never go down that road again, and his allegiance and love belonged with his wife. This kindled a powerful hatred that Abby had towards Elizabeth that would soon cause much more than a little harm.
There is a lot of connections for The Crucible to the 21st century. In the 1690’s it was when the salem witch trials started up. They was blaming people for being witches and people would get hanged for it. Some even took advantage of it, they would lie if they didn 't get what they wanted from the person so they would say that person is switch and they would be hung.
He grew up being unkind and thinking that he could get away with anything he did especially when it was announced that he would be becoming a police officer and had been accepted into the academy. But with the arrival of Erin brought a small change to him, as she was willing to stick her neck out for Ned and stand up for him. This ended making him more conniving, no longer willing to stick with his chant of “Neddy, Neddy, never ready; ain’t got nothing in his heady.” (p. 3) but rather resorting to labelling Ned “‘DISTURBED & DANGEROUS’” (p. 155).
During the witch trials, the accused were interrogated and forced to plead guilty of witchcraft or die. Most pleaded guilty just to save their life, but they were also forced to give up the names of other “witches”. Blaming others could also direct the blame from the accused to someone else, this way the accused could escape the pain and shame of being called a witch. In Cotton Mather Biography, it is stated that, “As the trials progressed, and growing numbers of person confesses to being witches.” This portrays the on going snowball effect of blaming other people of witchcraft.