Elizabeth Freeman, in the Ashley’s eyes, was just the slave who cleaned the house. Elizabeth was born in 1742 to an enslaved mother and father. When she was only 6 months old, she was sold to the Ashley family to become a slave! Thirty years later, almost nothing had changed. She cleaned the house and swept the floors. She had a daughter known as “little Bet.” Unfortunately, her husband was killed fighting against the British. Elizabeth heard the news of the constitution stating freedom and independence for all from the big events the Ashley Family hosted. Elizabeth had a place in her heart for being free. One day, Mrs. Ashley, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth sister, Lizzy, were in the kitchen when Mrs. Ashley got mad at Lizzy. In her frustration, Mrs. Ashley swung a burning hot shovel at Lizzy. Elizabeth acted quickly, putting out her arm to protect Lizzy. She was hit and she was probably in a tremendous amount of pain. The burn was severe, and lasted her whole life. The Ashley family was treating her terribly! Elizabeth didn’t understand this cruel treatment, so she ran away. Elizabeth had worked for the Ashley family a long time, and losing her was not something the Ashleys would put up with. The Ashleys went to law enforcement, forcing
Gaining power has its benefits and consequences, like a sphere of influence over others, or respect from your peers. All the same, too much power has major consequences. Abigail is an example of that consequence. In Act I on page 20 Abigail said “I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you….”to the other girls in Betty’s room. Abigail threatens the girls knowing that they will listen. As a result of, Abigail gains tremendous power and influence over the girls and their actions, this is seen in pages 114-123, where Abigail pretends to see Mary Warren’s spector and the other girls join along. Nonetheless, Elizabeth has a good reputation of a Godly and honest woman in the town of Salem. This is shown on page 81 where Elizabeth willingly goes with Cheever because she knows who she is and is faithful that her character, reputation, and that God will save her. Elizabeth is always true to herself and doesn 't hide from who she truly is.
Mary Warren is a servant to the Proctor household and an official of the court for the town of Salem. Mary is a
At the beginning of the play, Mary Warren is a innocent girl that will allows Abigail to negatively influence her. She will just allow Abigail to tell her what to do because she thinks and feels like nobody listens to her. She is just scare of what Abigail and things she could said about her “I never done none of it, Abby. I only looked!”(Miller 19).She will do what Abigail will tell her to do because she is afraid of her and what she could do to her. In the other side during Act Two she definitely does not want to be manage by Abigail so she decide to speak up and do not be the quiet girl anymore like is being represented in this quotes “I will not stand whipping any more!”(Miller 78).She does not want to be the quiet girl that allowed Abigail to negatively influence her to do wrong things. She also feels like people now listen to her and she feels like an important person because she
The Crucible is a play based on lies and deceit, but there are also moments where integrity is shown. The Crucible is written by Arthur Miller, this play depicts certain events that occurred during the Salem witch trials. In this play characters are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, even if it leads to the downfall of others. Abigail’s horrendous lies are what causes most of the characters downfalls. Within the play commitment v. loyalty is shown a numerous amount of times. For example, John Proctor displays a lack of commitment to his wife Elizabeth Proctor when he commits adultery, however Abigail's followers show their loyalty by following her every move, and John proves to be loyal to his peers
In The Crucible, John Proctor the protagonist, becomes a victim of the witch trials when his wife Elizabeth, is accused of witchcraft. In order to free his wife, Proctor must convince Judge Danforth of his wife’s innocence. Judge Danforth does not sign condemnations lightly and takes meticulous inspection of his cases to determine the guilty party. He is also a highly religious man who takes matters between God and men seriously. It is because of Danforth’s dedication to the law and God that Proctor utilizes ethos, logos, and pathos to persuade him. Ultimately, Proctor uses ethos, logos, and pathos to convince Danforth to free his wife, but is unsuccessful.
Due to paranoia, the once quiet town of Salem, Massachusetts has erupted with accusations, rumors, revenge, and in the end, death. The one thing that makes or breaks these characters is reputation. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, goes back to the year 1692 when witchcraft took over Salem. Neighbors are now seen as enemies and no one can be trusted. Over 15 people died in this true, American event because of false, witchcraft accusations. Abigail Williams,a young woman is spreading lies about local townspeople alongside her friends. John Proctor, a questionable farmer, and Abigail 's lover, is now in rough territory. The one piece of evidence protecting John and his wife Elizabeth from mockery is their maid, Mary Warren. Salem
Mary is part of the courts and seems to use this to manipulate her employer, Mr. Proctor. Her first act of defiance was when she told him that he could not order her to bed, give her whippings, or stop her from going to court proceedings (Miller, pg. 59). It is not certain if she knew the intent of Abigail to use the poppet to condemn Elizabeth Proctor. However, when she asked by Mr. Proctor to tell the truth about the poppet, she adamantly says that she cannot because she fears the girls will turn on her. When she does have a change of heart and is put in front of the courts, she shows her weak side and you can see her confidence wane. “Mary Warren, very faintly: No, sir. Hathorne, with a gleam of victory: And yet, when people accused of witchery confronted you in court, you would faint, saying their spirits came out of their bodies and choked you - Mary Warren: That were pretense, sir. Danforth: I cannot hear you. Mary Warren: Pretense, sir” (Miller, 106). The girls turn on her and she again goes back on her story and doesn’t tell the truth. Because she is aware that she may not be believable in court, she goes mad and then, accuses Proctor of
But the mainly because everyone thinks she is a witch. Due to the women in the court room continuously repeating it with details to support, making everybody believe Mary warren is a witch. Mary was the one caught in the dancing in the forest and being accused of witch craft. When Mary was in court she admitted she was witch craft but, also made everyone to think it was an act. In act 2 page 80 Mary Warren is pressured by Proctor to go to court and confess that Abigail is guilty. After continuous pressuring Mary Warren replies with ‘I cannot, they’ll turn on me— “showing us the mob has driven fear into people and how Marry is afraid to tell the truth in the case everyone will turn on her and blame her. Mary’s feeble attempt to recompense backfires, so when Abigail uses the poppet to blame it on Elizabeth, making Mary feel even worse thus she agrees to go with proctor to testify against Abigail in court. Later after agreeing to go to court to support Proctor Mary is asked who is at fault and in fear replies pointing to proctor “You’re the devil’s man!” (act three, page 119). This demonstrates how the fear of the mob and the overwhelming pressure from the Abigail makes her turn from the truth. Thus this shows us how mob mentality is evident in the crucible and encompasses characters to turn from the truth and ends in the demise of the Salem Community.
The way someone sees another may reflect upon themself more than anything; showing the hidden through judgements of peers. One’s own dilemmas within their lives can be shadowed by misguided hatred for others, thus creating unwanted problems for all parties involved. This can be seen in real life as well as in novels, but specifically between Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor. In the play titled “The Crucible,” Abigail and Elizabeth illustrate that contrasting personalities can reveal who a person truly is; essentially removing the mask of perception.
One of the main elements that eventually build up to the main plot in the play is power. Many of the characters in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible have a strong desire for power. The Salem witch trials empowered several characters in the play who were previously marginalized in Salem society. It gave them the chance to misuse it leading to horrible suffering and even deaths of some innocent people in the town. Some of these characters are Abigail Williams, Deputy Governor Danforth and Reverend Parris.
Although Abigail Williams does not physically appear in Act 2, her presence is felt throughout The Crucible. She affects and hurts the lives of her family. She is the main source of trouble. If she wants something, she'll get it. At the beginning, there is a lot of closeness between her and the proctor family. Now we learn that all of the problems lead directly to Abigail. She is not to be trusted and would just bring pain.
Mary Warren, Mercy, Betty and Abigail gave the impression of a close knit bond. But, in secret Abigail is ruthless to the girls. This personality change shows the steaks of the situation at hand. Maybe Abigail did value their friendship but not enough to put before her own greed. She found it easier to protect herself by bullying the potential threats. “And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word...about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night...and you know I can do it.” (Miller, Arthur. The Crucible.) Abigail's sudden switch of character demonstrates pure insanity. “I say shut it, Mary Warren!” (Miller, Arthur. The Crucible.) Abigail’s vicious approach almost failed but, pulled through as a twisted
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play which contains a multitude of complex characters . In the play, the characters’ motivations and inner processes are explored. Because of the historical setting, the characters live in a society of judgement and extreme religious devotion. This is a factor that places any of the characters’ choices and morals in a public balance to be judged by others. Abigail Williams is the main character of the play and acts with an utter selfishness and obsession.
Would you ever sacrifice your life for your family? In this book, the main characters John Proctor and Abigail play a huge part in this play. Sacrifice is a part of life that a lot of people will experience throughout their lifetime, but think about it. Could you, your own self sacrifice your own life for your family sake?