At that point in time Mary Warren and John Proctor both tried to prove Abigail Williams and the other girls of faking it until, act 4 when she backstabbed John Proctor and made her own claim that John Proctor was satan.”You’re the devil’s man.” (Miller 110). Mary knows what Abigail was always a threat and being on her side was an advantage, John Proctor was foolish for thinking Mary would keep her word and tell on the girls. He out of all people should know how powerful Abigail
Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, Bob Ewell shows countless acts of controlling and intimidating Mayella. Involving Mayella’s life at home, there is reason to believe she is being abused by her father, especially while he is drunk. During a conversation between Mayella and Tom, Tom asks if Bob is good to Mayella, and she replies “He does tollable, ‘cept when-.” (Lee, Chapter 18). While she is ending her statement, Bob was intimidating Mayella while waiting for her to answer, to express that she may not say anything to defame Bob. As Tom reviews his discussion with Mayella in the trial, he tells the court, “she says she never kissed a grown man before….
After the little incident between Abigail, Betty and the other girls, Abigail and John went and talked. Abigail and John have a major past, which is why Abigail wants to kill Elizabeth. Abigail and John had an affair when Abigail was helping around the Proctor house when Elizabeth fell ill. Abigail tries to express her love for Proctor but he is not having it. Abigail is furious at his decisions and will do anything at this point to get him. She takes everything to the next level.
This is the beginning period for John’s understanding of Abigail’s nature. The audience is already aware of her unstable state and unhealthy obsession with him, but he is only aware of the fact that there is witchcraft, which still isn’t completely correct, as she confessed it to him in the middle of Act 1. The real revelations begin in Act 2 Scene 2. He goes to see her in the middle of the night to both confront her and warn her to stop her foolishness. She tells him about how she wants to be his wife when his wife dies.
As Cameron's wife begins antagonizing the officer upon Cameron's repeated request to stop they are both checked for weapons. The gender roles are obvious as Cameron’s wife perceives him as failing to protect her as John the police officer searches Cameron’s wife in a sexually suggestive way and Cameron does nothing to stop it. Instead humiliates her so people wouldn’t read about it. As the main provider of his household if he lost his job due to the incident, no money would be coming
Walker revealed his personality traits and qualities through indirect characterization. Alphonso exhibits abusive behavior when he tries to force his sick wife to have sex. When Alphonso wife objected to sex he remains persistent, “He was pulling on her arm. She say It too soon, Fonso, I ain't well. Finally he leave her alone.
40-42) On the other hand, Stanley abuses her physically when he is drunk, however she always goes back to him. Similarly, Stanley plants information into Stella, until she nearly savaged her relationship with Blanche. (Page 96) This is shown when Blanche has confided to Stella about the rape and rather than consider believing her, she believes Stanley because of all the supposed lies Blanche has told and her abnormal devoutness to her husband. “I couldn’t believe her story and go on living with Stanley!” –Stella Kowalski. Stella encompasses the glory of delusion when involved in a dysfunctional marriage.
The judge in the novel states that adultery is a serious crime with serious punishments and tries to get John Proctor's wife to admit he committed adultery by asking why she dismissed Abigail from her service. John admits to the crime of adultery to try to prove that Abigail is a liar, and all those people she accused of witchcraft are actually innocent. The judge asks John's wife if he is an adulterer, but she says he is not to protect him because she does not know he has confessed. Even before the Salem witch trials officially started, John told Abigail that he does not love her and that they can not see each other ever again, she still tries to prove to him that he loves her, and she loves him. Abigail also repeatedly tempts John to sleep with her even though he is still married.
The attraction this female character portrays for Walter Neff is phenomenal, she has captured his attention by the way he glazes at her. As they are talking Walter introduces himself and soon after Phyllis asks how she could take out an accidental insurance policy on her husband’s life without his consent. By asking this of Walter we know that she is up to no good especially because she doesn’t want her husband to know. Neff infers that she is anticipating a murder and leaves because he does not want to be a part of it. Her sexuality has influenced Walter to the point he can’t get her out of his head and soon after she shows up to his apartment and that is when we see that he is no longer able to resist her.
It seems Abigail does not love John per say, but instead lusts him. Abigail tries to have Elizabeth Proctor thrown in jail or even executed just to be with John and take revenge for his denial or her “love”. Another way this clouds her judgement is that she openly tried to blackmail John by using their time together in sinister fashions. She threatens to tell the court of their time together if he continues to refuse her. John ends up doing the right thing and not let Abigail manipulate him.
Soon she is fired and thrown out of the home because Elizabeth (John’s wife) has suspicion of her and John having an affair with each other. John and his wife stay together and try to fix things but she is still angered. John is terrified for people to find out about his affair because he does not want to be jailed. In the play John yells to Elizabeth, “No more! I should have roared you down when first you told me of your suspicion.
Throughout the novel, sexual assault of female characters happen quite often, specifically toward Celie as well as Mary Agnes, who can also be known by her nickname Squeak. Celie is raped by the two men in her life, Alphonso and Mr._____. Alphanso has raped her many of times, and has said to her: “You better not tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy” (Walker 1) or “You gonna do what your mammy wouldn’t” (Walker 1). Her rapist, Alphonso, slut shames her and then forces her into a silence, only retelling her rapes in her letters to God at this point in time.