Consequently, in Salem if someone is “hung for a witch” (96) then they must “forfeit their property” (96) which is “the law” (96). Therefor, Putnam is blaming witchcraft on everyone, in order for him to take their land. Considering the fact that no one in Salem has enough money to buy the land that was given up and only “Putnam has the coin to buy” (96) he will become more rich and he will be able to destroy his enemies in the trials. 2: 3: In the beginning of The Crucible Giles Corey was seen as a foolish old man due to his old age, but Giles soon proves that he is indeed brave and courageous. Giles Corey is seen as an absurd 83 year old man who is blamed for everything that is wrong in Salem and his “fate was so different than others” (40).
These characters are usually very prideful, but are intelligent and learn something at the end of the story. The tragic hero of The Crucible is John Proctor, whose flaw is that he had committed adultery with Abigail Williams, due to the cold nature of his wife. The events that led to his fall first start when his wife is arrested for witchcraft. He is extremely angered by this unfair arrest and rips the warrant, screaming, “Off with you!” (72) as they try to take custody of her. This put him in a disadvantage when in court.
After a very tragic childhood which included witnessing her parents murder, Abigail Williams went to live with her uncle who was a very strict Puritan Minister. Abigail fell in love with a married man named John Proctor. Although they did have an affair together, John did not love Abigail the way she loved him. This was the main contributing factor to the bitter evil person she became. She accused innocent people of being involved in witchcraft.
Abigail abuses her power by getting Elizabeth Proctor in trouble by accusing her of witchcraft,by doing that, that she hopes to get her dead and she can finally focus on john, because of her love for John , when he rejects her love she wants to get back at him as well. It’s even shown in The crucible, “ABIGAIL, with a bitter anger: Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife
I think this personally because she is selfish and is willing the tear apart a family just for her own happiness. I also think she causes most of the trouble. She is a very miserable character, and she isn’t afraid to make everyone else around her suffer also. She sets Mrs. Proctor up, and stabbed herself with a needle to make it look like Elizabeth was casting spells on her to get her in trouble when she is questioned about being a witch. She does this because her and John Proctor committed adultery and Abigail is still in love with John but he doesn’t feel the same way about her.
He accused Putnam of prompting his daughter to accuse their fellow townsmen of witchery, like George Jacobs, in order to seize more land. He explains to Danforth that, “If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property- that’s law! And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a price” (96). The tension between Corey and Putnam shows the tension between people in the town, but it also exemplifies the way they manipulated people in order to receive power for themselves. Corey’s claims show that Putnam tried to manipulate George Jacobs by having his daughter accuse him and have him hang, and he would buy Jacobs's land, which is his symbol of power and
Despite this lifelong punishment, many of the townspeople feel that Hester got off too easy; as the written punishment for adultery is death. When Hester Prynne is upon the scaffold, a spectator criticizes Hester’s punishment by saying “ At the very least they should have put the brand of a hot iron on her forehead”(Hawthorne 49). The townspeople’s belief causes them to do everything possible to make her regret her mistake. The angry villagers gossip about her and exile her from the society. They even go as far as to try to execute Pearl.
His ability to kill the king however, would have been limited had it not been for his wife. Macbeth continued to erode morally by murdering whoever would threaten him, even his closest friends. As a result of this sinful nature, Macbeth did not escape punishment. He lost one of the most important things; the peace of mind, especially when he became haunted by Banquo’s ghost. In the end, all those who trusted, honored, and praised him deserted him and finished by killing him after joining the camp of his enemies.
He commits the murders of Duncan and Banquo, although he was goaded and provoked by his wife, and becomes foolhardy and over confident when misinterpreting the Witches’ prophecy. He is driven into madness and hallucinations by the terrible deeds he has done, seeing visions of ghosts, and blames himself (partially correctly) for the suicide of his wife. He is almost relieved when the army arrives at his gates, thinking that he is still unstoppable through all his tragedy. However, his main fault was to listen to the voices telling him to murder, mainly his wife, and carry through with the acts even when his own mind told him not to. Therefore Macbeth, too, is a guilty party in the tragedies that take place in
Macbeth is a brave and faithful solider who has been convinced by his wife that he must kill King Duncan in order to himself claim the title as king. Once this power has been imposed Macbeth is thrown into a world of guilt and shame prompted by his wife’s greed and the prediction of three witches. As the story progresses we watch as Macbeth turns into a cold and soulless man that he had never wanted to become who is willing to go to any length in order to cover up the horrible murder that he has committed. Clark (2013) tells us that, “Macbeth is a complicated character, and while understanding his complexity does little to expunge his bloody deeds, closer study can identify in Macbeth a profound confusion which fuels his actions, his paranoia, and his eventual downfall.” (Para. 2) Macbeth shows us the effects that ambition and guilt can have on a man who lacks strength of character.
The main character of The Crucible, John Proctor is someone who possesses all the necessity traits that classify a tragic hero. Not only is his downfall in the book initiated by his human flaw, but he also captures the sympathy from the readers. Even though John Proctor’s intentions are good and truthful through out the book, in the beginning we discover that he has a significant secret. He is guilty of committing the sin of adultery with his young servant, Abigail Williams. His sick wife Elizabeth learned of his infidelity and forgave him, but Abigail was in love with John and tries to kill Elizabeth by engaging in witchcraft with a few other girls in Salem.
Near the end of the play, Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife, is accused of being a witch by Abigail Williams and the other girls. John does what he can to save his wife, but does not succeed in his plan. As things progressively get worse, indictments are filed against him and and he is sentenced to be hanged. John signs a paper admitting to be a witch,
After her husband’s affair, their relationship is very weak and it is difficult for Elizabeth to even see her husband’s face. Next, Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft, and she has to go to jail for crimes that she never committed. Finally, her husband is also accused of working with the devil, and either has to die whilst telling the truth, or live based on a lie. She puts aside her needs and says what is best for her husband, and what will set the best example for her kids. All of these situations require strength in order for her to survive them.
The witch trials in Salem occurred because of Abigail and it is her fault. She started something she could not finish and by starting it killed many innocent people and ruined many reputations. Abigail is at blame because she was the one who is basically the "psycho girlfriend" who is obsessed with her ex. But because she is desperately in love with John Proctor, she is willing to do anything to have him all to herself. Just like how she drank a chicken blood charm to kill Elizabeth, which is against her religion.
In order to achieve her materialistic American Dream, she cheats on her husband to work her way up to the upper class, disregarding her morals in the process. Her love for materialism urges her to commit adultery and leads to her death when a car hits her after running away from her husband. The Original American Dream is dead due to the increasing desire of materialism, causing many to resort to distasteful behaviour to have a remote chance of achieving the American Dream. Similarly, Daisy and Tom Buchanan’s vast fortune and love for materialism show how the Original American Dream is dead. After Gatsby dies, which is a result of Tom’s lies, Nick Carraway explains, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (Fitzgerald 190).