Abigail speaks, “Why-? Why do you come, yellow bird?”(Act 3). Abigail is lying by saying she sees a yellow bird to get everyone 's attention in the court and make the girls go along with what she says. Abigail says she sees a yellow bird to get Judge Danforth’s attention and manipulates him she is getting witched. Abigail and Mary Warren are in the court and Abigail is pretending she feels a cold wind mary warren sent to her.
John Proctor’s wife is eventually accused by Abigail, because Abigail was jealous of her relationship with John. In John 's effort to save his wife, he is accused and by the end of the play he is hanged because he won’t falsely admit to being a witch. Some readers feel that John Proctor is flawed because of all the bad things he has done, he is actually honorable because he is honest.
At that point in time Mary Warren and John Proctor both tried to prove Abigail Williams and the other girls of faking it until, act 4 when she backstabbed John Proctor and made her own claim that John Proctor was satan.”You’re the devil’s man.” (Miller 110). Mary knows what Abigail was always a threat and being on her side was an advantage, John Proctor was foolish for thinking Mary would keep her word and tell on the girls. He out of all people should know how powerful Abigail
“Common history has painted Annand her young peers as selfish, vicious fakers who fueled the witchcraft trials out of boredom or spite. This portrait, however, is somewhat flawed as it appears that in Ann’s case at least, the parents of the afflicted must have a strong influence with the child, as did the other adult accusers. Initially, Ann was fed names by her parents and minister”(-Minerdescent). The girls that were tricked into believing that the accused were guilty were most likely convinced that this was pious and that God wanted them to accuse the innocent. Or the girls might be influenced by their religion, reverends, and ministers.
In The Crucible, John Proctor the protagonist, becomes a victim of the witch trials when his wife Elizabeth, is accused of witchcraft. In order to free his wife, Proctor must convince Judge Danforth of his wife’s innocence. Judge Danforth does not sign condemnations lightly and takes meticulous inspection of his cases to determine the guilty party. He is also a highly religious man who takes matters between God and men seriously. It is because of Danforth’s dedication to the law and God that Proctor utilizes ethos, logos, and pathos to persuade him.
It is prohibited to dance because of their religion and soon everyone knew that the group of girls were dancing in the forest naked. Abigail threatened the girls by telling them if they said that they did more than danced in the forest she’ll “come to [them] in the black of some terrible night and [she] will Lopez 2 bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder [them]” (Miller 148).Abigail and the girls started blaming random people in the town. Abigail’s intensions were to blame goody Proctor and have John Proctor all to herself. The girls made bad actions instead of confessing. With the huge act they had going on; they caused people to die based on their lies.
Abigail is in love with John Proctor, after their affair she wants nothing but him. Abigail is a selfish and manipulative girl. Abigail Williams stirs up the entire town of Salem against many people, including Elizabeth and John Proctor, because of her selfish personal ambition to be John's next wife, as well as her treacherous lust for the power that she gains by accusing innocent people of witchcraft. When Abigail and John Proctor had their affair, Abigail told John “You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!, pity me, pity me!” Abigail hates that John
Guilt can pressure a good person to do the right thing. For example John Proctor wanted to confess to the charge of witchcraft, in order to save his life a long with his wife’s. Even though he wanted to live he refused to confess and ruin the names of the accused. He did this because he knew he wouldn’t be able to live with the guilt of condemning someone’s life. Another example would be Reverend Hale’s guilt of condeming Innocent lives to death.
When the girls started using these lies, many innocent people were thrown in jail or executed because they were accused by false accusations. Abigail and the other girls would pretend that the spirits from the accused would come and attack them or try to make them do awful things. Then, the accused would be sent to court where they were still treated unfairly and asked questions that could only be used against
Another example of Abigail being manipulative was when Mary Warren tried to turn her in for lying. While Mary Warren was trying to explain what had happened, Abigail and the other girls pretended to see a bird and said that Mary was cursing them, dishonestly. ”Oh, Mary, this is black art to change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it’s God’s work I do” (224). This is evidence of Abigail being manipulative because it made Mary start to question whether telling the truth was worth it or not.
Didn’t beat around the bush whatsoever and cut straight to the chase. Once he found out Tituba was with the girls dancing in the forest he interrogated her and got her to talk, no one in Salem could do that. Tituba was put on the spotlight once Hale had somewhat of a talk with Abigail Williams, in my opinion she’s the one who started all this, she has the power to manipulate anyone she pleases; but it would work on Reverend Hale .When the hysteria started to build up around Salem, they townspeople started to panic and each individual were starting to get even more scared day by day. Hale also thinks before he acts, plans each move precisely; Hale once stated “We cannot look to superstition into this, the devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone”(Miller.1.752-754). His determination is also stellar, he was willing to free Tituba from the devil’s “spell” once she agreed to confess the sins she’s committed; stated “I cannot tell if she is truly in the Devil’s grip, we may have to rip and tear her
Quite the scandal. Rumors flew. Some said the boy had seduced her, and then after the act the princess had realized she could not return, causing her to flee with the one man who would not have any connections with her kingdom, freeing her from social suicide. Others remarked how she had always been a conniving girl, her kindness a facade for her nefarious activities, such as the coven of witches she had started a few years back. Other outrageous
However, I believe Abigail should be held responsible for the imprisonment and execution of innocent people because she threaten the girls, so they would act bewitched and she also lied about getting stabbed by a needle and making it look like as if Elizabeth Proctor did it with witchcraft. To begin with, Abigail had control over the rest of the girls who were also caught dancing in the woods. The girls, after the incident in the woods, lied along with Abigail. Whatever lie Abigail came up with, the girls would support it. Even in court, Abigail had the support of the girls when she claim to have seen a yellow bird.
As the Puritan society of Salem is so fixated and fearful of witchcraft, most individuals were gullible to almost all testimonies made. If the town were not fanatical about the witchcraft and focused on obvious truth, John Proctor may have lived to raise his children and live a prosper life but his personal integrity cost him his life. This leads on to character Giles Corey, who demonstrates true personal