Those who would admit to being a witch would go to jail, but for those who denied having interaction with the devil would have been trialed and hung, so really, anyway you put it it’s a lose-lose situation. Things like politics, religion, imaginations, and fear of people were just some of the main factors of what aided people into believing that Satan was upon the town of Salem. They believed that the humans were with devil and doing as he said which in turn gave them the power to harm others. One girl named Tituba was trying to save herself by confessing to witchcraft. She didn’t just confess but she also accused many other women about being witches and she said that they all were in the “hands of Satan”.
This is how Arthur Miller used the character Abigail Williams in The Crucible to represent the devil figure; in doing so he sends the message that people can not always believe what others tell them. The devil figure is represented by Abigail Williams because she always made sure she was accusing somebody of witchcraft,
Abigail, in fear of the likelihood of a deteriorating reputation for having casted charms in the forest, finds an outlet in Tituba’s confessions. As Abigail realizes Hale’s encouraging reactions to Tituba’s confession to service of the Devil, she proclaims, “I go back to Jesus...I saw Sarah Good, Good Osburn with the Devil!” (45). Abigail takes advantage of her fellow villagers’ naivety in believing in the existence of witchcraft, in doing so, acts as though she’s sending herself back to God, presenting an image of a truthful Christian. Moreover, Abigail accuses other villagers of witchcraft, despite their innocence, relieving speculations upon her conducts in the forest and putting them upon her fellow villagers, harming others in protection of her personal reputation. Not only so, Abigail threatens, or on many occasions, harms, or possesses thoughts of harming others in order to satisfy her own desires.
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is based off of the “Salem Witch Trials” that happened in the late 1600s. In the play, a group of teenage girls accuse many people of practicing witchcraft. A young girl, Abigail Williams, accuses Elizabeth Proctor of stabbing her through witchcraft. In an attempt to free his wife, John Proctor confesses his affair with Abigail. When Danforth brings Elizabeth forth to test Proctor’s claim, Elizabeth denies the affair in order to protect John’s reputation.
. . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand.”(1.50). After Abigail went off on the group she became disgraced with the group and started to name people she has seen with the devil.
The lessons learned from the Salem Witch Trials according to (Salem Trial Homepage) are children can be influenced by anything. We should have been skeptical of those who are accused and the accusers because you never know what the past is between the two people are cause one could want the other ones land so he accused the other of being a witch so he would be killed or one was having an affair with the other ones wife you just never
One would undermine a juvenile to use these qualities to manipulate the court for their own selfish wishes or pleasures. Abigail defies all judgements against innocence as she is the driven evil force in The Crucible. Arthur Miller shows Abigail Williams to instinctively defend herself, as it is the humane reaction when accused of wrongdoing. It is common to tell a lie but, the intention of sabotage is a different story. Abigail had many tricks up her sleeve to manipulate the court.
By looking at The Crucible by Arthur Miller one can see that the characterization of John Proctor reveals the theme of reputation and integrity, which is important because refusing to tell lies to protect his reputation and stop delirium from spreading throughout Salem.John Proctor states that the woman of Salem who have been locked up for witchcraft:”Excellency, does it not strike upon you that so many of these women have lived so long with such upright reputation”(3.1.305-309). Proctor represents reputation because he would rather die than have his reputation downed to a victimizer. Protecting his reputation motivates John Proctor to deny that witchcraft exists in the village. All he hears is crying out of screams and wailing which is a cause of the Devil 's work: “What 's she doing? Girl what ails you?
And after Proctor pressured Mary to tell the court that the girls were falsifying information, Abigail accused Mary of witchcraft (Miller 1317). This prompted Mary to turn on John Proctor calling him the devil’s man, to save herself (Miller 1338). And as absurd as it sounds, Mary Warren was allowed to continue her life as normal even after she costs many people their lives. It was much easier to save oneself by lieing than face death for
Therefore, Abigail should take the blame for the Salem Witch Trials, not the town as a whole. Abigail accuses a copious amount of people that were in the way of her plan to be with John Proctor. As Proctor confesses his adultery to the court, he says. This shows that Abigail wants Elizabeth
There was also the cause of the beliefs of the Puritans, this people was following what for them was the right thing and their own religions. Is very dangerous when people have a lack of knowledge about something or does not too much about, others can influence their own beliefs. All those reasons were very important for the Salem Witch Trial during the 1692. All these causes together are very important because for example if there was not happening a bad economy for some people, it probably this event would had not occurred. This is like the French Revolution when the Enlightenment Era was one of the majors reason for the French Revolution.
are taken by the hands of Lucifer, the fact that they are all Christians is painfully present. Though, some being religious to a fault is not an option scratched out by the author. A prime example of those lead astray by their blind belief are the Putnams, who shout witchcraft as soon as they discover their daughter to be ill, without any symptoms but complete unconsciousness and with the knowledge of only what she had done the night before. A fellow character that shares the belief, John hale enters the story as a sophisticated doctor to diagnose the true cause of the mysterious
To get out of trouble during the witch trials, those who were accused simply just accused others to be seen as innocent and avoid execution. When Abigail, Tituba, and Betty are accused of witchcraft, they accuse others in return and use anything that seems slightly off about the people they are accusing as evidence of