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Jealousy And Distrust In The Crucible

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In Arthur Miller's’ The Crucible, jealousy and mistrust are the most dominant emotions Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor shares for one another. Their jealousy and mistrust are rooted in their desire for John Proctor's love, which inevitably leads to the compromise of their Puritan morals of their society. At the beginning of the play, Betty Parris confirms Abigail Williams true motivation to kill Elizabeth Proctor. “You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor” (Miller 19). Abigail’s eagerness to kill Goody Proctor has displayed the depth of her desire for Proctor. She is willing to go to greater extents, such as murder to get rid of Goody Proctor and have John all to herself. This is the hidden…show more content…
These accusations are effortlessly believed by the court. “and without word nor warning’ she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says and screamed a scream that a bull would weep to hear. And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draws a needle out. “(Miller 74). Abigail begins to execute her plan against Elizabeth. By using all the authority she obtains after accusing other, she is creating tangible evidence for the court to believe that Elizabeth Proctor was involved in witchcraft. Abigail voluntarily inflicts a stabbing wound upon her chest, demonstrates her manipulative characteristic and how far she'll go to eradicate Elizabeth. Abigail's action reaches further than just Elizabeth, she uses the Salem Witch Trials to put out all the resentment she has toward everyone. Similarly to how the lust overpowered Abigail morals, Elizabeth Proctor’s love for her husband slowly consumed her morality, which leads to her to lie in the house of court. After John Proctor and Abigail Williams lechery prior to the play. It had created the leading emotion of jealousy and mistrust Elizabeth has for Abigail. Elizabeth Proctor shows signs of jealousy because she still believes that some of her husband's reluctance is rooted in the fact that he still has feelings for
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