Although Proctor is incriminating himself, he is trying to reveal Abigail’s true character and motives to Danforth. Finally, pathos is effective at convincing Danforth Abigail’s accusations are lies because Proctor’s emotions are raw and unadulterated, so much that “Danforth seems unsteady” (Miller 111). Danforth believed Abigail was a redeemed sinner being used by God to indicate those still in the dark, but now Proctor has shed all propriety and revealed the true Abigail. Pathos is so effective here because it is what Abigail used to convince the court. During court, Mary said she heard “the other girls screaming” and that Danforth “seemed to believe them” so she followed suit (Miller 107).
She accuses Proctor’s wife of witchcraft to eliminate her from Proctor’s life. Off the rip, Abigail is basically bashing Goody Proctor. When asked a question about Goody Proctor she responds “a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman” (Miller 12). This shows how Abigail already has built up malice towards Goody Proctor. To make things even better, Goody Proctor is later charged with witchcraft.
Abigail is accusing Mary Warren of being a witch just to keep all the attention off of her: “Mary, please don’t hurt me” (Abigail)! Now that the truth has been released Abigail is really worried that everything will be ruined if it is: “Mr.Danforth, he is lying” (Abigail)! I believe these sentences are my favorite from the story because things are heating up even more since the truth about the affair has been released in the court. Abigail Williams, a dynamic character, changes by the end of the play from bad to worse: Hathorne is astonished by Abigail’s disappearance and taking parris money to get away: “she have robbed you” (Hathorne)? Danforth now stating to know of Abigail’s disappearance doesn’t really seem to care: ‘My daughter tells me how she heard them speaking of ships l last week, and tonight i discover my- my strongbox is broke into” (Parris).
She also made him believe that Mary was harming her and the other girls through her spirit locking them down to make them copy everything she was saying. Abigail Manipulated the court into believing anything her and the girls had to say by acting and lying about what was really going
This is one of the most common traits displayed in The Crucible. The first example I have is when Abigail accused Elizabeth. His is vindictive because Abigail accused Elizabeth so she could get John. The next time this happens is when Mary accuses John so she can live. She told john she would confess then when she tried she got nervous and accused John to save her own life.
Motives for almost every action vary from person to person and artifice is no different. In The Crucible the reason behind Abigails witchery and manipulative ways his because she wants to be with John Proctor. Her own selfish wants come before others lives, Abigail being a very egotistical antagonist, overshadows the other girls motives. While mary Warren seems to just want attention and to be treated better, the other girls motives vary as well. Though overall these young women have an array of reasons, from adulterous revenge to the basic overall concept of the book, being scapegoating.
We must overthrow the court”(Miller 119). Death can be the greatest fear, as in the Puritan days, being accused of witchcraft meant death. In order to save her own skin, Warren turns on Proctor and accuses him of controlling her to overthrow the court. This slander is completely made up, but at that time the court will believe anything the victim has to say according to Danforth, and the Mary Warren has justified herself as a victim when accusing Proctor. Fear as seen in the Crucible plays a major part in controlling members of their Puritan society, to create accusations and slander towards people influencing drastic measures and actions.
The conflict of vengeance illustrates the chaos going around Salem and the lies she tells to fill her obsession. Abigail continues to try and sway john towards in hopes of him leaving Elizabeth behind. Jealousy causes people to think like the devil and corrupt the good things in someone’s life. Abigail Williams pretends to be angry at Elizabeth, she is telling lies about me... She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her!” (Miller 150) Abigail uses her envy of Elizabeth’s marriage to john and resorts to name calling to persuade john to come to her. The Evil practices and sins will cast chaos in the town of Salem from one person.
A conversation between Proctor and Mary Warren starts, “You’re coming to the court with me, Mary. You will tell it in the court. (Mary Warren) I cannot charge murder on Abigail. (Proctor)... tell the court how that poppet come here and who stuck the needle in. (Mary Warren) She’ll Kill me for saying that.” (955) Due to Abigail’s intimidating personality, Mary Warren is scared to tell the truth in fear the girls will turn on her, as Proctor is forcing her do.
They are found, but whenever Abigal and the others attending are being accused, they lie, blaming others of being witches. This starts a spree of lying and blaming which causes multiple innocent people to be hanged for being accused of witchcraft. One lie started a moment in history people today call crazy, unacceptable, and unrepeatable. “The Crucible” is a play that explains, through a crazy but remarkable story, why lying is a sin. In the present, lying could occur more frequently that truth is told.