She threatens the other girls with violence if they refuse to go along with her plans, and she does not hesitate to accuse them of witchcraft if their loyalty proves untrue: “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you!”(Miller 19). In one of the court scenes, she claims, “Oh, Heavenly Father, take away this shadow!” (Miller 97), to prove that Mary Warren is threatening her with something evil. The hypocritical reference to God in order to trick the individuals in Salem reinforces Abigail’s cunning and devious character and the readers are given a sense of Abigail’s intelligence as she manages to perfectly manipulate the situation to her
The people of the time were just as paranoid and fearful as Miller and his contemporaries were of the Communists. John Ditsky explains the dynamic of Salem’s Hysteria. “We ought not overlook the fact that the Salem trials were a manifestation of a popular hysteria excited by at least partially genuine causes. (Ditsky, Stone, Fire and Light: Approaches to The Crucible)” Ditsky claims that it was legitimate hysteria. While witches in the sense that they believed did not exist; in the popular mind they did, and it was this hysteria that was dangerous.
She is seen accusing the people “there is Goody Good … Aye, sir, and Goody Osburn” (47) which shows Tituba’s characterization as a liar and a deceiver. However, the bandwagon is seen after she has accused the two people in which many of the other young girls also start to accuse others in hopes of not
The woman in the cell characterises the Nazis as spiteful, claiming that ‘hate is darkness’ , and that they have to ‘hate the fascists…in the name of light’ . The paradoxical nature of this statement demonstrates how darkness and hatred can coexist with goodness and light within the characters. The woman then calls upon the necessity to ‘become…like [the Nazis] to fight them’ , implicating the significance of darkness and hate. As “dark” traits are often frowned upon, the woman justifies this darkness by talking of it ‘in the name of light’; giving the impression that darkness is justifiable as long as there is light. Additionally, Mulisch is illustrating the gray area between good and evil; and light and dark, as the woman is arguably as culpable as the Nazis in that they both create conflict.
After listening to such violent repercussions, Tituba admits that she “don 't desire to work for him”(44) though implying contact between the Devil and herself. In spite of fear, Tituba openly admits to being controlled by the Devil, reassuring the prevalence of the Devil in Salem. Being the first character to openly admit to being associated with the Devil, this significantly exemplifies the fear and uncertainty within the townspeople, thus continually augmenting the Devil’s authority over society. As the ferocious argument between Parris, Putnam, and Abigail lingers, Tituba conveys a message “sent by the Devil” explaining his severe hatred toward Parris who “must be kill[ed]! Mr. Parris no goodly... man, and he bid me rise out of my bed and
Daisy Buchanan, a character from ‘’The Great Gatsby’’ By Scott Fitzgerald who is a Villain archetype. The definition of a villain is a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot. Daisy Buchanan fits the characteristics of being a villain because she was very materialistic, selfish, kills another woman the novel and lets someone else take the blame for it. Daisy Buchanan is a shallow and hurtful woman. I wanted to invest this research project on Daisy Buchanan from ‘’The Great Gatsby” because I am interested in knowing how women were back in the 20th century, how each acted towards one another and how women expressed their character.
The choices she made seem very rash and extreme. Maybe that is exactly what she wanted. All of the crimes that she commits are just because of how she falls into the stereotype of an extremist. Her actions match with what Martin Luther King Jr. describes of an extremist for love. In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, she acts as an extremist for love rather
This is evident when she states that Goody proctor is “ a cold, snivelling woman” where it is encouraged to believe that Elizabeth Proctor is a nasty person, however Abigail is not as innocent as she claims to be. Abigail’s dominance and manipulative nature is particularly shown over the girls, after she influences them to follow in her footsteps by naming others who are affiliating with the devil, by doing so they posses power and protect themselves from any accusations against them. Abigail goes to great lengths to get what she wants,
In “The Fair Jilt,” Miranda’s character is a manipulative and ill-natured woman whose behaviors connect her to the traditional view of women being innately evil. Behn’s presentation of a woman who conforms to stereotypical behaviors is puzzling considering the grave need for women writers who tell their stories and demonstrate that women cannot be defined by stereotypes. Despite the appearance of Behn accepting these harmful stereotypes, her use of them allows her to reveal the underlying factors that cause women to “misbehave” and results in them being characterized as villains. In early literature, stories about women who swindle ignorant men for societal advancement or women who cuckold their husbands are often used to define all women
It further serves as a great example of the power of hysteria in a cloistered community, where the powers of isolation and abuses of authority leave the nuns fearful and malleable. That suggestibility was key in the abuse that befell Suzanne, perpetrated by women who were driven by fear and a twisted devotion to God to torment her. In The Nun, the true villain is the cloistered system of convents, but Mother Superior represents the most perfect embodiment of what such a segregated community can do to a person, and how easily it can corrupt a person and be used to abuse authority. The isolation of these convents led to dogmatic theology that fostered intense fear and conformity as a means of survival, and led to the eventual downfall of the blameless
That is exactly what happened too. She told every lie she could possibly think of, she claimed that people 's spirits told her to do certain things, and she also forced the other girls to go along with her web of lies or she would hurt them. Safe to say she needs to be punished for what she has done. Not only did Abigail lie ,but she also
Did you know Abigail is responsible for the witchcraft hysteria? Abigail is responsible for the witchcraft hysteria because she blamed other people for her actions and had an affair. There were many other reasons she was accused as well. Anyhow, Abigail was a very mean person that always wanted everything to go her way. She blamed one girl that danced with her named Elizabeth saying she was a witch.
This kindled a powerful hatred that Abby had towards Elizabeth that would soon cause much more than a little harm. Once the idea of witchery took deep root into the hearts of the people, many were accused and arrested. Out of the selfishness of her heart, Abigail accused Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft in an attempt to be rid of her so she could have John. She kept telling herself that she was in love with him, and she would use any opportunity to her advantage to be rid of Elizabeth. This however, would not bode well with John.