Goodwife Cruff’s husband accuses Kit of being a witch and they lock her in jail. They ask Kit why she has Prudence’s name on one of her books thinking that she is trying to cast a spell over the little girl. She tries to explain that Prudence wrote it but they do not believe it because they believe Prudence is halfwit. They decide to
In Three Sovereigns for Sarah, there is mass hysteria and confusion caused by little girls. This hysteria is being used by the preacher, Samuel Parris, to gain power and respect in the community of Salem Village. Abby Williams, Samuel Parris’ niece, starts getting into fortune telling and such illegal activities, as taught to her by the slave Tituba. Abby and other girls in the village act strange and start naming people for execution. Sarah and her two sisters are then named as witches.
The Salem witch trials was a period of time when the village and town of Salem held a series of trials for people suspected of witchcraft. They finally ended when the people of the court admitted that the trials were a mistake. Abigail continues to accuse people until her accusations were suspected to be false. Her actions were based on the same reasons. They were to gain power and respect and to save herself from accusation.
This lead to a lot of people to believe witchcraft was involved. Mr. Parris asked Mr. Hale to come to Salem and investigate the situation. Mr. Hale interrogated many of the girls, one of which was named Abigail. Abigail was one of the main instigators with conjuring up spirits. When she was being interrogated, she would snitch on other girls and make up lies in order to not get in trouble.
Witch hunts have been around for generations. Both in the literal sense of hunting down supposed witches, and in the figurative sense of campaigning against a person or group with unpopular views. What exactly defines a “witch hunt” has differed throughout history, but there is a commonality throughout, a desire to return to normal. In Sean Armstrong’s article, Stalin 's Witch-Hunt: Magical Thinking in the Great Terror, he sums up what defines a witch hunt, no matter the situation or time period: A witch-hunt arises when some part of a society feels generally threatened by witchcraft. Witches are secret enemies within, who look the same as everyone else until they are exposed, and this need to uncover hidden malice is what distinguishes witch-hunting from other forms of communal persecution.
There was days where she ended up talking to herself, after all she couldn 't handle it any longer, Lady Macbeth turn out committing a suicide. On the other hand, the three witches that appeared on Act 1, they agreed to meet with Macbeth with a prophecy of him being king. The prophecies have gave Macbeth the power or obsession to listen what the witches were saying of him being king.
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.
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.
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] drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife!”(19). Betty is not afraid to stand up to Abigail, who does not want anyone else to know what took place when they were in the woods. Even though the other girls are intimidated by her, Betty is not afraid. She continues to maintain her power by naming someone else who works for the Devil. She sits up in bed and tells everyone in the room “[she] saw George Jacobs with the Devil!