Bearing in mind the facts about her distressing childhood life, her love for John and terror for her life it is possible to deduce that it was the fault of Abigail for the tragedy to occur in the town of the Salem. Her deceitfulness almost makes her impractical because she practices witchcraft in order to win back her lover, Proctor, she laid false evidence of witchcraft in Elizabeth’s home with a hope to direct her to the scaffolds and she persuades young women to dance in the woods which was an illegal act. The writer progresses from sightseeing the unconscious to exploring the unconditioned and raw responses that go deeper than basic desires and ambitions, particularly when challenged with ones’ mortality. A deduction can also be made that the more Abigail Williams learnt how to use her interim capabilities to upset the townspeople, the more she appreciated the power she had. Abigail Williams collects the information necessary to style the position of supremacy for herself.
"Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-nerved people to me, and now, just now, when some good respect is rising for me…": This shows that Parris cares about what people think of him in Salem. Paris is scared that someone is trying to to kill him, take his spot or , ruin his reputation or many other things. Reverend Paris's daughter Betty was dancing in the woods naked with Abby and his slave. Paris did not know what was wrong with his daughter at first. Later when he finds out what she was doing he makes sure people keep it on the down low before rumors start spreading.
Abigail believed that Proctor actually loved her and she waited every night for him. She was brainwashed to think he would leave his wife for her. The witchcraft accusation came from the beginning of the story when Abigail and the girls were dancing naked in the woods and chanting. She made false accusations that people in the village were worshipping the devil to cover what she had done. Many lives were taken but Abigail had no empathy for anyone who was hanged.
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 first victims to be accused within the Salem Witch Trials were those who didn’t fit the social norms of society at the time. From the beginning, Abigail Williams has power over those who are below her. Not only does she possess this power, she lords it over those who are seen as valueless in a society built for the rich and for men. When placed in the hot seat after being discovered dancing in the woods, Abigail throws the weakest person she can find under the bus: Tituba.
Emotions like this led to the deaths in Salem. Fear leaves us afraid and frightened. Fear is unpleasant and it is only “human nature” to want to get rid of the feeling. Reverend Samuel Parris, before the Salem witch trials started, had the power to prevent the trials from happening, set things straight. But he feared as a Reverend the he was not setting a proper example, with Abigail his niece and his daughter dancing in the woods.
Fear and hysteria strike Salem over the belief that the devil is in the town because Parris’s niece, Abigail Williams, was found dancing in the forest with other girls and Parris’s servant; and soon after two young girls fall sick. The town suspects the girls of witchcraft; however, Parris does not want to believe witchcraft is the cause of the trouble in Salem; so he calls in Reverend
Parris has sent for Reverend John Hale of Beverly, an expert on witchcraft, to determine whether Betty is indeed bewitched. Parris berates his niece, Abigail Williams, because he discovered her, Betty, and several other girls dancing in the forest in the middle of the night with his slave, Tituba. Tituba was intoning unintelligible words and waving her arms over a fire, and Parris thought he spotted someone running naked through the
These trials took people of great character and stature and deemed them to be witches which stripped them of everything their name meant and owned. This madness continued until nineteen people had been hung and one man crushed to death. But in the end people learnt a valuable lesson about how impressionable people can be and how telling the truth can sometimes hurt you. These things show that the play The Crucible is truly a tragedy due to the people of great wealth of power and respect lose everything and have a not so pretty end. One of the most important characters and arguably the heroic character in the book was a farmer named John Proctor.
Abigail and her group of friends around found in the forest doing witchcraft to get their love interest to fall for the however they are caught by her uncle Parris and instead of confessing and telling the truth she lies to her uncle Parris by claiming she was just dancing. Due to her act Abigail’s sister Betty is unconscious and the whole town is convinced it’s witchcraft, causing mayhem throughout the community also known as mass hysteria. In the book The Tipping point it states “... convinced that he is being contaminated by some unseen evil- in the past it was demons and spirits; nowadays it tends to be toxings and gases.” This is how mass hysteria is starts, a collective illusion which if clearly shown in the play. In the play Abigail proclaims, “She lies! She sends her spirit into me, and makes me laugh at prayer!
Abigail Williams was the person most responsible for the uncontrollable witchcraft situation in Salem. The situation starts when Reverend Parris see the girls dancing in the woods and sees Mercy Lewis run naked.People started accusing them of witchcraft which supposedly they weren't doing. Abigail says “ Now look you.All of you. We danced.And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters And that is it. And mark this.
On the Play "The Crucible by Arthur Miller, we follow the dramatic story of a group of people on Salem Village in which crimes of "wirchcraft" are being accused among the citizens of the village. We are able to percive the message that people in order to avoid consequences for wrong actions find another person to take the blame. By the 1870s, Salem Village was primarly goberned over religious beliefs, in which all the saint and demons were creatures existed under the minds of the innocent people. On the story Abigail and a group of girls, start dancing on the forest(something that was prohibited by the strict religion. People like Abigail tried to enjoy an exotical expirience, problem is that they blame others avoiding the consequences of their
Abigail’s pay back to him affects everyone. Abigail’s scorned hart leads her down a vindictive path. Parris is concerned about all the talk about witchcraft, because his daughter Betty has fallen ill. “Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it- and I’ll be whipped if I must be. But they’re speakin of witchcraft. Betty’s not witched” (Miller 9) Betty was with Abigale out in the woods and no witchcraft
Though there were many people who contributed to what happened in Salem, I believe that Abigail Williams was mostly to blame. I think this because she lied to save herself, made up false scenarios and blamed innocent people, and enjoyed the attention and power. In the beginning of the play, Abby is caught dancing in the woods. She herself drank a blood charm in which she wanted to kill Elizabeth Proctor. Though Abby wasn’t the only one who was caught, she lied to Reverend Parris so that she would not be hung once witchcraft was being talked about throughout the village.
She caused proctor to cheat on his wife and then eventually causes Proctor to die. And she and other girls had to go to court because they lied about doing the witchcraft. She cannot excuse or pardoned because the outside forces “made” her the way she is because the forces are not going to change her. If Abigail wouldn’t of danced in the woods then she wouldn’t of caused the bad things to happen. I think that if she
“ Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”- Lord Acton. The Crucible is a four act play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller. The Crucible is based on historical and true events that happened in the seventeenth century and tells the story of a Puritan society engulfed in Hysteria during what became known as the Salem Witch Trials. The trials started when a group of girls and the reverend’s daughter are caught dancing in the woods naked late at night. Even though it was against Puritan society to dance, Reverend Parris ignored it until, his daughter Betty Parris and, Ruth Putnam suddenly fell ill and suspects that they have been practicing witchcraft.