Jealousy And Greed In The Crucible

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Have you ever been blinded by the emotions jealousy and greed? Jealousy and greed can confuse you and act as if they are love. In the book The Crucible, one of the main characters surrendered to the lust of her “love” and ended up being the reason for many innocent killings, even the one of her love. For this reason I strongly believe jealousy and greed had the biggest impact on the book. Though I can see how some readers may think vengeance had the biggest impact on this book, Abigail's jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor led her to tell lies and her greed of wanting John Proctor’s love all to herself, drove her to start the killings of innocent people. As I mentioned before, jealousy and greed can confuse you and act as if they are love which…show more content…
“Elizabeth: She wants me dead. I knew all week it would come to this! Proctor, without conviction: They dismissed it. You heard her say- Elizabeth: And what of tomorrow? She will cry me out until they take me! Proctor: Sit you down. Elizabeth: She wants me dead, John, you know it!” (Miller 60) In my previous paragraph I showed how Abigail portrayed jealousy and greed. Then with my recent quote, this evidence shows the effects of her emotions. Abigail had accused Elizabeth of attempted murder, “ The girl, the Williams girl, Abigail Williams, sir. She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris’s house tonight, and without word nor warnin’ she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says, and screamned 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 draw a needle out. And demandin’ of her how she come to be so stabbed, she--to Proctor now-- testify it were your wife’s familiar spirit pushed it in.”, says Cheever.(74) This piece of evidence helps show that Abigail stops at nothing to remove Elizabeth from the picture. She accuses Goody Proctor so she can then take her place as the farmer's…show more content…
Abigail ruined many innocent lives for her own selfish leisure. For this reason I strongly believe jealousy and greed had the biggest impact on the book. Some readers might have been confused and believed that it is actually vengeance but in my opinion, they're clearly mistaken. Abigail felt as though she was in love with John and let her lust and desires take her down the road of jealousy and greed. This topic is seriously important so people know they are not alone when feeling these emotions. We are all humans and will have moments where we are selfish, and let our jealousy/greed take over. With reading this book we just need to understand how bad things can get if we do not have the right state of mind and not clouded by these emotions. In the book after all the harm is done, it is said that Abigail Williams became a prostitute...my advice to all my readers, don’t follow the path Abigail set for
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