More people were starting to be accused of practicing witchcraft. They thought they people were wild savages running around their village. These people had to be contained and they did not want the so called curse to spread. “Abigal Williams was one of the first affected girls in the Salem Witch Trials.” Her and a couple other girls were playing games on day and they read their future. Abigal believed that when she was playing this game she saw a coffin.
The first two acts of the play show how Abigail manipulates others and lies to prevent getting in trouble for what she did. In the first half of the play Abigail lies and threatens others to keep from getting in trouble when her uncle catches her and other girls dancing in the forest. Abigail was caught doing something strictly forbidden in her society and is scared that Betty, Abigail’s cousin, may tell on her and hit Betty. The text states, “Betty, you will never say that again! You will never-’ Smashes her across the face: ‘Shut it!
Abigail’s affair with John Proctor, which had ended seven months previous to the beginning of the play, causes her to be blinded by desire. She uses the witch trials to get revenge on anyone she wants, but her main target is to kill Elizabeth Proctor, John’s wife. Abigail bullies girls in her town to be loyal to her, while she feels no loyalty towards them. One of the girls Abigail bullies is Mary Warren, a servant of the Proctor’s. Mary tries to stand up to Abigail and tell everyone it’s all a lie, however, when Abigail threatens her of witchcraft, she gives up and joins Abigail again.
The main pairing in this play is John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth. Their love is put to the test when John commits adultery on Elizabeth with their old maid Abigail Williams six months before the play takes place. Elizabeth is still hurt by this so John does everything in his power to make up for his mistake. John suggests “It’s winter in here yet. On Sunday let you come with me, and we’ll walk the farm together; I never see such a load of flowers on the earth,” Miller 1236).
John Proctor come outside we need to talk. Judge thomas comes in and tells him “Proctor i 'm sorry to tell you but your wife is under arrest for witchcrafting”. Proctor was shocked, and mad tells him “are you accusing of my wife of witchcraft! She will never do such thing”. Elizabeth stood by his side and defended herself and tells the judge “i would never do such thing, i love god with all my heart and i would never do witchcraft or contact the devil or send my soul to hurt someone else” Elizabeth ask the judge “Who 's accusing me of such thing” Reverend Hale interrupts her and searches their house asks elizabeth do you have dolls and she responds and say yes this one Hale speaks and says What is this!
Because it was her items, she was accused of murder and was put in the brig. Charlotte saw Zachariah down there. Then, on her trial, no one stood up for her and she was to be hung in less than 24 hours. Charlotte knew she did not do it and found out that Zachariah did not do it and figured out that Captain Jaggery had probably done it. She needed to get the key to his safe where he kept his weapons.
The lies affected Annemarie’s story by changing the events she took place in. When Uncle Henrik wouldn’t Annemarie what was really in Great Aunt Birte’s coffin while they were in the barn, Annemarie got mad. She felt like she wasn’t mature enough to know. Uncle Henrik said, “you are angry,”(p.75) then Annemarie replies saying, “Yes, momma never lied to me”(p.75). She wanted to convince the adults she was responsible
[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!
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the setting is Salem, Massachusetts during the late 1600s where the town’s pious Puritan beliefs directly influence their government. A 17-year-old girl named Abigail Williams had an affair with John Proctor, a wealthy, married man. Abigail is told by John to move on but instead, Abigail starts accusing the townspeople of witchcraft, including John Proctor’s wife Elizabeth. As this hysteria begins to rise, other people such as Thomas Putnam, a rich landowner, start to also allege Salem villagers. In this play, the author illustrates the central idea that people should not allow jealousy to control their actions.
While police are looking around the house, the two women from the community look around the kitchen to see what clues they can find to figure out why Minnie would do this. They notice isolated existence and broken furniture and ragged clothes that she was forced to wear because of her husband. The story shows women in a male-dominated society, it shows how men accused her of just murdering her husband but not taking the time to understand why she might have did it. The police look around the home to see if they see the weapon but find nothing. It goes to show that, that’s all they cared about finding the weapon and just locking her up.