Silber. Its main points focused on the antagonist mother-daughter dynamics as they appear in fairy tales. I was particularly interested to discover the role of the wicked stepmother in the heroine’s path toward “femininity” (Fisher and Silber 123). In this source, the authors discus that in the absence of the heroine’s true and righteous mother, her pathological stepmother is “the only available, living ‘model’ of feminine maturity” (124). And since the stepmother was put under severe social criticism, the heroine’s ‘reaction’ was to associate herself with “the passive, feminine identity of the first queen, avoiding any identification with the active principle embodied in the characterization of the bad mother/witch” (124).
Sarah and her two sisters are then named as witches. The first sister, Rebecca, is named and when she is said to be a witch, she says that she would rather be taken to trial and sentenced than run and be believed to be a witch. Rebecca has been condemned to jail like others before her and, eventually, she was excommunicated and executed. Sarah, the second sister, presented the Judge with facts that even Abby could not deny. But when Sarah was done presenting her facts, the girls started acting up again, causing Sarah to be sentenced to prison.
Another reason for Abigail’s actions was the need to have power. Before the trials, she was known for being fired by the Proctors. She didn’t have the best reputation in town. After she started accusing people she saw that just by naming other people of witchcraft she gained respect. It bettered her reputation in town.
When thinking of witchcraft, one’s mind immediately goes to a woman with green skin, moles, and a pointy nose. Witches stand around a cauldron with their wild hair, summoning spirits or fly around terrorizing those around them. However, as we find out in Arthur Miller’s 1952 play, The Crucible, the accused were anything but. The victims accused of witchcraft within The Crucible were targeted for not fitting the social norms of the time, breaking Puritan code, or posing a threat to someone else. In our world today, we can still see the effects of the Salem Witch trials through accusing those who are on the margins of deeds we don’t want to take responsibility for.
The crucible is a disturbing drama that used to happen on a real event in the American history. Salem witch trials Abigail is the main and an antagonist character from the crucible. Abigail grew up without father and mother but instead she grew up to be an insecure person. This young lady is selfish, manipulating and a great liar. She has bad name in Salem, Abigail is known as a person who causes problems everywhere she goes.
Selena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak, but at an unspeakable cost. Now she has to face her heritage which will change her life and her future. The first part of the book and into the second part is Selena’s journey to master her powers. She faces a long, difficult battle to achieve this, but eventually she masters her powers with the help of Rowan the blood prince to Queen Maeve. Queen Maeve is evil, but has Selena bowing at her command because Selena needs answers that only Maeve has.
• First, had to recite a prayer of the Lord, while they did this however young girls who attended the trials would scream and thrash about on the floor. • Second was physical evidence, if one had any birthmarks, warts, moles or any other blemishes these were seen as portals which the devil could enter the body through. • Third was a witness testimony. Abigail was one of the major witnesses at most of the court cases. • Fourth was spectral evidence if anyone in the crowd could see a ghost or spirit of sorts in the accused then the person must be a witch.
Although this was the direct reason for the use of ghosts I also think it was used so the audience realises that supernatural ideas are going to be used in the film, and this was a way to ease into it without it being cheesy. The spot where it played a very important part of the film was at the very end when Judy falls off the bell tower. Fear and guilt of the truth was destroying Judy from the inside out. She was becoming an emotional wreck; understandable because she was caught of being accessory to murder and the man she loves hates her because of all the manipulation. While all of this was going down a nun comes up to see what was happening, but in the dark she appeared as a shadowy figure and frightens Judy so much she runs off the edge of the bell tower.
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 representation there is distinction between real things and their copy, so there is distinction between image and reality. On the contrary simulation does not recognize this distinction. It involves the idea that the copy is of another copy not reality. The mind witches, which are coming from the folk tales are reflected on real characters in The Crucible like Elizabeth who is perceived as a witch (Frayn 103). Accordingly, regardless of the girls' intentions, they have felt and experienced what they pretend to encounter and as a result they behaved as enchanted and their victims as witches.