Throughout history, authors have had a tendency to write characters that can follow general roles, called archetypes. Examples of archetypes are the hero, the trickster, the temptress, the villain, the innocent and the faithful companion. In Arthur Miller's classic play, The Crucible, the character Abigail Williams fills the role of the villain.
In the Crucible there are a load of conflicts and emotions but, there are three that really stand out. The three are the act of weakness, the act of courage and the act of the truth. These traits are shown all through the story and have a great part in what happens.
The Crucible is a play based on lies and deceit, but there are also moments where integrity is shown. The Crucible is written by Arthur Miller, this play depicts certain events that occurred during the Salem witch trials. In this play characters are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, even if it leads to the downfall of others. Abigail’s horrendous lies are what causes most of the characters downfalls. Within the play commitment v. loyalty is shown a numerous amount of times. For example, John Proctor displays a lack of commitment to his wife Elizabeth Proctor when he commits adultery, however Abigail's followers show their loyalty by following her every move, and John proves to be loyal to his peers
She would rather lie and get other people killed then tell the truth. Hathorne asked, “she have robbed you” (4.1.210-211)? She proves again that she can’t be trusted and is a thief because she robbed Reverend Parris of “thirty-one pound” (4.1.212-213). Abigail is a coward and scared that the townspeople will hate her so she leaves town: “Mark it, sir, Abigail had close knowledge of the town, and since the news of Andover has broken here” (4.1.221-223). Overall, anyone can see that Abigail had bad intentions from the beginning and she only cares about herself.
However, she is also very pitiful. Wrong decisions lead her to a hopeless and bottomless abyss that you can’t see the end forever, and ruin her. As a spectator, she is not only a villain, but also a lost sheep, she couldn’t find a good solution to deal with the matter and that made her goes err from the right path. Abigail has been said such a sentence: “I don’t want to die, but no one can help me, I can only use my method find a way out for myself.”(The Crucible, act2, page37)When a person has no way to go, he has no chance. Obviously, Abigail is on such a road. She has no way to go, has to fighting off even though use the most despicable means, use the most reckless way, just for surviving. She is not an old elder but just a teenage girl. As we said that the years will makes someone better than before on his personality, and also hide the inner nature of being a human. The younger the age is, the more realistic the life one will live in. Abigail lives in a realistic life and that’s why her personality is so obvious and behaves so bad. The real reason is not on her but on the background of the society at that time. She said a lot of obscure and distinctive words: “I have been suffered for a long time and not I decided to determine my one life.”(The Crucible, act2, page17) According to this, she is very
In The Crucible, we learn a lot about the characters. Proctor gets his integrity by deciding to get hanged before he lives with a lie. Hale regains his integrity by abandoning his position. It is incredibly important to have integrity because without it, people may not
“The Crucible” brought a lot of messages to the readers, some more obvlious than others. The main points of the play was Weakness, Courage, and Truth. Weakness that represents that we shouldn't let our weakness get in the way of telling the truth and how we feel. Courage as in being brave enough to face the truth in things. And then there is truth, which represents
Loyalty is a factor that influences a person 's actions. Loyalty is never leaving someone 's side, even when the negative comes around they still choose to stick with the person. Loyalty is a main theme that shows throughout The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller. The characters show loyalty to their religion, friends and significant others. They show this loyalty by being accused and starting to lie, guarding another person’s name, and wanting to be sentenced to death rather than lying, which is against Puritan religion.
In The Crucible, Abigail is driven by her jealousy of Elizabeth, a hunger for power and sense of belonging, and a yearning for John. Abigail continues to review and edit her memories until they accurately portray her as the center of John’s existence. This obsession and grave desire for revenge puts her in a delusional state, so much so that she develops a detailed plan to acquire John and stops at nothing to see her plan succeed. Abigail lies to conceal her affair, and to prevent charges of witchcraft. In order to avoid severe punishment for casting spells, having an affair and attempting to murder Elizabeth, Abigail shifts the focus away from herself by accusing others of witchcraft. This desperate act of self-preservation becomes Abigail's
In The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, one of the characters who goes by the name of Abigail Williams is the orphaned niece of Reverend Parris, she was once the mistress of John Proctor but Elizabeth Proctor discovered the affair. Abigail is extremely jealous of Elizabeth she ends up using her power that she has in the town to get rid of her and anyone else that discredit her in the past. She will not let go of John Proctor and she is the leader of the girls, she tells lies manipulates the entire town and her friends. This sends nineteen guiltless people to their get hanged in front of the whole town while Abigail is still free of the harm and lies she told.
Justice is key to the functionality of society. However, individuals often have a different understanding of what it means to carry out justice. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail’s search for recompense and righteousness is, in reality, a search for revenge. Though unsuccessful, this search portrays Abigail’s character develops the subject of vengeance into a theme of the work. Abigail’s understanding, or rather, misunderstanding of justice develops character and theme within the work.
Have you ever encountered a person who just seemed to care about themselves, kept things secret, or even put the blame on others? In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the main character Abigail Williams is to blame for the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail is a mean and vindictive person who always wants her way no matter who she hurts. Her lies and accusations cause a lot of people pain and suffering. She never cared about any of them except for John Proctor because she had an affair with him.
The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, takes place in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 during the salem witch trials. The play begins in the home of Samuel Parris, whose daughter is lying on the bed appearing very sick. Abigail Williams, Betty’s friend, tries to convince Parris of their innocence but Parris saw them and his slave dancing in the woods. When Parris confronts Tituba about what he saw she immediately admits her fault but places the blame on other characters in the play commencing the theme of mass hysteria. My literary graphic is based on the character Thomas Danforth, the judge who oversees the witch trials. The theme in The Crucible that I believe best describes Danforth’s role in the witch trials is lies and defeat.
Abigail’s villainy consists of lying, plotting revenge, and murder. She is a great villain because whenever someone accuses her of lying, she can think of an excuse really quickly. All of the immediate comebacks keep the reader on their toes. “DANFORTH: turning worriedly to Abigail: … ‘Is it
Evil is the profound immortally, wickedness, and depravity, especially when regraded as a supernatural force. The puritans believed that everyone should be holy. They also believed that there was actual people in their village that were witches. Everybody could be accuse of being a witch. If anyone did something out of the ordinary they would be accuse. Girls weren’t allow to lie, dance, they didn’t have no rights at all. Abigail was one of the girls who would not go by the laws of the Puritans. She was malicious, sneaky, and bad.