In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, passions turned into problems. Witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts became a remembered event since 1692. Three girls were said to have interactions with the devil. When they were confronted about it they denied every interaction the people who were convicted they would say they weren’t a witch and would bring someone else’s name into the equation. 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.
Despite the fact that he does not appear as a human figure, he controls the thoughts and actions of the Puritan society, serving as the ultimate threat. The Devil influences the villagers of Salem, Massachusetts by using their ongoing fear of him to manipulate their thoughts and actions in a manner to set himself in the highest position by the end of the Act 1. As the Puritans lean toward blaming the Devil for their misgivings and suspicions, he gains control of their thoughts. Ruth and Betty pretend to fall ill after Reverend Parris catches them in the forest with Tituba and other girls, partaking in what is considered to be witchcraft: an act that defies the laws of femininity in the Puritan society. Mrs. Putnam does not buy her daughter Ruth’s act; rather, she sees it as “‘the Devil’s touch”’ which “‘is heavier than sick”’ (13).
John Hawthorne was a well-known judge, Governor Williams Phips chose Hawthorne to be one of the judges in the witch trials because he always sided with the accusers no matter what the accused said to him or showed him in the court room he would always ask them to plead guilty and tell him other people who were supposedly witches even though they were innocent. John Hale was a minister who was brought in to save the town from witch craft. Cotton Mather was also a judge who was appointed to the Salem witch trials by Governor William Phips. According to jess Bloomberg after Governor Phips wife was accused of witchcraft he prohibited the arrest of anyone who is accused of witchcraft and he pardoned half of the accused and disbanded the court of oyer and terminer. He replaced it with the superior court of judicature and they only condemned 3 out of 56 but by the time he pardoned all of the accused 19 people where hung and one was pressed to death by
However, women found a way to have power anyways, even with non traditional methods. A witch is a person close to God and being close to God is being in a place of high power. So, when rumors of women practicing witchcraft begin to circulate, the town’s biggest fear begins to arise and they quickly tried to put a stop to it, henceforth, the witch trials commenced. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, women are able to take power from their society through various means other than gaining leadership. The ways in which women are able to achieve power include Abigail Williams’ use of dishonesty and manipulation that prompts the witch trials as well as Rebecca Nurse’s refusal of a confession that defies the conventional paradigms of the society.
She was different because she was not humble like other nuns and she continued to write against the injustices committed against women in society: “ If I refrain even from that which is permissible for women—to teach by writing—because I know myself to lack the abundant talent needed for it, following Quintilian 's counsel: ‘Let each one learn, no so much by the precepts of others, as by following the counsel of his own nature’? ” (Juana 15). These types of writings put her in a vulnerable position with her fellow nuns and the patriarchy within the Church, but as long as Marquis de la Laguna ruled Mexico, Sor Juana and her creations were safe. However when he left, the Church did not tolerate Sor Juana’s backlash (Juana
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,
In the book of Job, God 's reason for return was to set Job straight for questioning God. In the movie, God seems to return to punish Larry once more for taking a bribe from a student. In regards to the symbolic meaning of the Yiddish prologue, I do believe they are the ancestors of Larry who caused for Larry to have such bad luck in life. The wife mentioned that "God has cursed us" and she takes the initiative to stab Groshkover with an ice pick which possibly provoked the curse more. In essence, though Gopnik and Job share similarities, Job had more clarity with God as opposed to Gopnik who seems to be presented with further
She also plans on going to the three witches in order to try and sane Macbeth again, later in the play. She might of tried to call upon Satanic forces in order to encourage Macbeth to kill Duncan. This is against the stereotypical Elizabethan women because they were involved in religious activities. Women that wanted to go into the literature field were limited in their writings. However, they were allowed to write about religious topics (Sharnette).
In act two we learn that elizabeth has been acussed and they come to take her to prison. “When the children wake, speak nothing of witchcraft- It will frighten them” (Page 501) she says trying to hold herself together knowing that her children will worry. During this scene you can tell that she is very frightened, she knows that nothing good will come out of going with Hale. “(With great fear) I will fear nothing” you can imagine her struggling to stay strong but somehow she is able to keep herself together. The Author, Miller, did a good job of showing that Elizabeth is a very liked character, while Abigail is
“Knowledge is power, power to do evil or to do good.”- Veronica Roth In the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams is mostly responsible for the girls being in the woods, she is the one who drives the play. The evil and lying takes over her mind she gets worse throughout the story. Instead of changing herself she tries to change people around her from getting caught it's either them or her. Even before the trials she wasn't innocent because she had an affair with John Proctor Neglecting the fact it was against the villages beliefs. Abigail Williams was non stop visualizing about her affair the more she thought about it the more she convinced herself she was in love.
Howard Zinn uses historical writings to explain an imbalance in objectivity, perspective, and justice. History books are written by the victors not the vanquished which makes the perspective of the story teller biased. As the story of Christopher Columbus he has been hailed as a hero especially in public schools and recognized as an historical occasion to have a day off granted by the government. Many as we grow more educational find out this sinister legacy that was swept under the carpet because there is evidence that supports while in the “new world” he destroyed the native peoples of islands he explored and it devastated native populations. There is no justice being done when the perspective does not reveal a whole truth when the objective
People thought for certain that if the Reverend was standing with the girls against the so called “evil witches” that there must be a real problem. Parris even made a statement that the witches were plotting against Christianity, which made sense if the witches were indeed working for the Devil. However, Parris never knew how standing up against the Devil would affect his
In conclusion, the characters of Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams influenced and shaped the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail Williams and Putnam started the first accusations which led to widespread fear of witchcraft in the village. This same fear was exploited by Williams and Putnam in order to achieve their selfish motives. Without these characters, the Salem Witch Trials might have never occured which brings us to realize how much damage vengeance and wealth can cause. All in all, Abigail Williams and Thomas Putnam’s grudges and selfish intentions were what caused Salem Witch Trials and the destruction of several innocent
While these girls are in no way exempt from the blame for the events in the play, the blame can also be placed upon the strictness of Puritan society. The leader of the accusations is Abigail, Reverend Parris’ niece. When discovered in the woods by her uncle, she convinces the other girls to blame their slave, Tituba, and convince
Abigail was given an opportunity to tell the truth of her accusations when Mary Warren opposed her, but she did not, and continued on her devious ways, not letting go of her previous mistakes. It may be that Abigail believed that it was too late to correct her mistakes, but in the course of reality, it is never too late to correct past faults. Abigail fails to come to this realization, and continues to play victim in order to manipulate the court. Everyone, no matter their class or where they are from, goes thru tough times, but the difficult times of the past cannot be used as an excuse to cause